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Fort Pierce assisted living facility operated without license, Florida attorney general says

By Elliott Jones
Posted May 27, 2011 at 6:10 p.m. .

FORT PIERCE — The Heaven Sent Group Home assisted living facility in Fort Pierce operated without a license and provided poor care for some of its nine residents, according to an investigation by the Florida Attorney General's Office.

Owner-operator Chan Gobin, 42, of the 1000 block of Mayflower Road, Fort Pierce, was arrested Thursday on a criminal charge of operating an assisted living facility without a state license, a third-degree felony. He was released under a $5,000 bail.

That follows the Florida Attorney General's Office on Dec. 6 ordering the firm to cease violations at its facility at 304 N. 12th St. and at 701 S.W. 22rd St., both in Fort Pierce.

State officials weren't available Friday afternoon to say what happened with the residents after the order was issued.

On Dec. 2 state inspectors checked the home's facilities and found the "owners are taking their (residents') Social Security money and just giving them food," according to the office's investigative report.

The facility on 12th Street "had a bad odor and the place was filthy," the report said. Patients had limited access to their medications.

One resident allegedly hadn't been bathed for weeks, the report said.

Also the St. Lucie County Fire District cited the operation. but details were not available.

The Attorney General's Office did its investigation after the state Agency for Health Care alleged the firm was operating without a state-required license.

The health agency oversees and inspects assisted living facilities to ensure that resident are property cared for. St. Lucie County has 56 licensed assistant living facilities that primarily care for the elderly. According to investigation reports, Heaven Sent Group Home was not one of them.

Gobin couldn't be reached for comment at his business phone numbers.

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