The owner of what was a poorly operated and now-shuttered Totowa nursing home who fraudulently obtained $302,877 in payments from the Medicaid Program was sentenced to 30 days in a county jail Friday.
Victor Napenas, 64, of Piscataway must also repay the $302,877, another $45,263 in penalties and $31,859 taxes owed to the state. State Superior Court Judge Irvin J. Snyder in Camden also gave Napenas three years of probation. He is also prohibited from being a Medicaid provider for eight years.
The sentence was based on Napenas' Aug. 16 guilty plea to a charge of third-degree Medicaid fraud. Napenas owned the Valley Rest Nursing Home on Bogart Street in Totowa, which closed in 2007. In pleading guilty, he admitted that he fraudulently obtained payments from Medicaid, including $100,000 for personal expenses unrelated to patient care.