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Zanesville nursing home owner accused of fraud, theft and corruption
Autumn Healthcare nursing home has received numerous complaints

Andy Chow
DeWine says families and a new tool led to the indictment.
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The owner of a Zanesville nursing home faces dozens of charges alleging corrupt activity and fraud.

As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, a new practice aided the investigation.

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Attorney General Mike DeWine decided to investigate the Autumn Healthcare nursing home in Zanesville after receiving several complaints from family members.

DeWine announced that the inspection led to the indictment of owner, Steve Hitchens, who is being accused of corruption, theft, Medicaid fraud and forgery.

The investigation included hidden cameras, which according to DeWine, have never been used before to probe nursing homes for this specific purpose. He says the surveillance was crucial for gathering evidence.

“I think it was an important role. When you think a family member cannot be in that room 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.”

DeWine’s office got permission from families before installing the cameras in their rooms. The attorney general could not go into details behind the charges against Hitchens because of an ongoing investigation.

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