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State aims to freeze assets of nursing home operator

| Thursday, March 30, 2006

The state attorney general is trying to freeze the assets of the former Robinson nursing home operated by Martha F. Bell and the three nonprofit corporations she controlled.

Attorney General Tom Corbett said Wednesday that he has filed a lawsuit and preliminary injunction in Allegheny County Orphan's Court to freeze the assets of the former Ronald Reagan Atrium I Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and the nursing home's owner, the Alzheimer's Disease Alliance of Western Pennsylvania.

Corbett also is taking the action against the Alzheimer's Disease Foundation and Geriatric Healthcare Associates Inc., and the officers of the organizations: Bell, 59, of West Mifflin; her husband, Charles C. Bell; and Warren Mason.

The attorney general also wants to revoke the articles of incorporation of Atrium and the three nonprofits, and to require their officers to provide a full accounting of all charitable assets.

Martha Bell, who established the nursing home and ran it for most of the 10 years it existed, and Atrium are awaiting sentencing in U.S. District Court for their convictions on charges of health-care fraud and falsifying records.

State criminal charges are pending against Bell, including neglect of a care-dependent person and theft.

Bell is seeking a new federal trial because of what her attorney calls new evidence in the case.

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