OKLAHOMA CITY —
The former owner of an Oklahoma City nursing home has been ordered to pay almost $1.6 million for fraudulently transferring money from his nursing home’s bank accounts to avoid paying two court judgments.
A federal jury ruled Jan. 22 that Ron E. Lusk of Dallas, former owner of Quail Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, must use his personal funds to pay the judgments.
In one judgment, $1.21 million was awarded to three daughters of a woman who was abused at the Quail Creek nursing home. The victim’s family sued for mental and physical abuse, The Oklahoman reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/1nVeQbi ).
“This physical and verbal abuse was videotaped, and the video tape shows the nursing home’s staff shoving a rubber glove into (Eryetha) Mayberry’s mouth, slapping (her) in the face and head, forcefully throwing (her) onto her bed and striking (her) on the chest,” court documents state.
A hidden camera in the victim’s room recorded the video on April 16, 2012. Mayberry died on July 27, 2012. She was 96.
An Oklahoma City federal jury awarded the damages against the nursing home and its management company in February 2015.
One of the daughters, Doris Racher, said she was thankful for the verdict.
“We weren’t there for the money. We just wanted him and the nursing home to pay their dues,” Racher said.
In another judgment, a son was awarded $349,427 in the wrongful death of his mother. Court documents show Tim Kingsbury’s mother choked to death Sept. 14, 2006, when Quail Creek nursing staff fed her food that she could not swallow. Rachel Mary Kingsbury had been on a special diet because she had difficulty swallowing.
Tim Kingsbury said his mother was 86 when she died.
Court documents show Lusk sold the nursing home in June 2012, receiving $2.85 million in net proceeds and another
$1.14 million from accounts receivable or reimbursements.
Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com Copyright The Associated Press
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