An Illinois nursing home was subjected to a random sweep checking for violations of regulations and state law

Golden Moments, a Jacksonville, Illinois nursing home, was raided on Monday, May 24, 2010 by fourteen police and state officials. Among those involved were the Illinois State Police, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Department of Aging, the Jacksonville Police Department, and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. During the 2 1/2 hour inspection, no one was arrested or fined, but this visit did not involve checking residents for outstanding warrants, as was the case in some previous sweeps.

Five former sex offenders call Golden Moments home. In accordance with a 2006 state law requiring background checks, those residents have individual rooms, but the mandatory “risk assessments” required by that law were not completed for three of the five former offenders.

Golden Moments was fined $50,000 earlier this year for poor care after a 74 year old resident died on October 3, 2009 after choking on food, a fine that Melvin Siegel, part owner and operator of Golden Moments, finds “excessive”. Golden Moments has not paid the fine and is disputing its amount.

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