Posted: Aug 17, 2011 6:43 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Aug 17, 2011 6:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - More details have surfaced into an investigation by the Medicare Strikeforce Unit comprised of the FBI, the Office of the Inspector General and the Louisiana Attorney General's Office.
Another search of the Louisiana Secretary of State's corporate database shows the Drusilla Apartments at 2256 Drusilla Lane are managed and owned by Adventure Realty which is owned by the same individuals tied to two mental health facilities.
The joint task force raided the Drusilla Apartments Tuesday morning along with five other locations including Shifa Community Mental Health Center at 6717 Goya Avenue and another called Serenity Community Mental Health Center at 1023 North Lobdell Boulevard.
Three weeks ago, Baton Rouge Police responded to a stabbing at the Drusilla Apartments. Investigators say 30-year-old Harold Lopez stabbed 27-year-old Kentrell Osby in the chest. He later died at the Baton Rouge General.
Both men are mentally handicapped and were receiving treatment. Before he was murdered, Osby was being treated at Shifa for mental illness. The regestered agents of Shifa, Serenity and the Drusilla Apartments are the same.
Managers say they have never received any government money to house mental health patients, and they have collected rent from tenants for years.
But Sheila Osby, Kentrell mother, wonders why a health care provider would be able to own and manage a housing facility where patients live.
"He was a bi-polar paranoid schizophrenic. He was living in Drusilla Apartments with two bedrooms and two people in each room. All of them that they house there have some type of disability," Osby said.
She tried to get her son's medical records to see who referred him to live at the Drusilla Apartments, but she claims Shifa Mental Health Center will not release them.
"I went to Roslyn over there at Shifa and requested medical records and they were asking us a lot of questions about why do we need them," Osby said.
Those under investigation could not comment at this time at the advice of legal counsel.
BATON ROUGE -A joint task force comprised of state and federal investigators conducted five search warrants on at least two mental health care facilities.
The Medicare Fraud Strikeforce which includes investigators from the FBI, the Office of the Inspector General and the Louisiana Attorney General's Office raided Shifa Community Mental Health Center at 6717 Goya Avenue and another called Serenity Community Mental Health Center at 1023 North Lobdell Boulevard.
A search on the Louisiana Secretary of State's Corporation Database shows both companies are registered to Vincent A. Morella of Baton Rouge, and Hoor Naz Jafri is listed as an agent on both.
At the listed corporate address for Morella and both companies our cameras weren't allowed inside, but investigators loaded boxes of evidence at 7916 Wrenwood Boulevard Suite A.
According to the FBI, no arrests have been made and this is an on-going investigation.
We contacted the main and corporate offices for Shifa and the Serenity Center. Both calls were directed to an answering service which said the offices were closed today because the air conditioning was broken.
We also called the numbers listed for Morella, Jafri and others but were unable to reach them or their associates.