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Owner of poorly-run Totowa nursing home admits to Medicaid fraud

Owner of poorly-run Totowa nursing home admits to Medicaid fraud

Victor Napenas of Piscataway gets jail and probation

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.

 

Caring for elders: Empower, nurture, love

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NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
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There is a severe blood shortage in New Jersey.

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Kansas State University professor loses 27 pounds on Twinkie diet
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NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
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NJ collects $936,420 in federal aid to move 100 disabled from institutes to houses, apartments

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Money to be used for rent, support services

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NJ doctors, Michael Lam of Fort Lee and Rocco Martino of Millburn, surrender licenses

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NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

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Nurses are an equal, if not superior choice, to administer anesthesia

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Yamile Mattos of South Plainfield charged with practicing medicine in her garage

Yamile Mattos of South Plainfield charged with practicing medicine in her garage

Offered cosmetic, buttocks augmentation

A South Plainfield woman who offered cosmetic procedures, including buttocks augmentation and facial wrinkle removal to the public, was arrested at her home Tues...

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