Federal Agents Search Nursing Home With Many Virus Deaths

Sep 3, 2020

Federal agents searched two nursing homes Thursday near Pittsburgh, one of which had the worst coronavirus outbreak of any in Pennsylvania and was already being investigated by the state on suspicion of criminal neglect.

U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said in a written statement that agents were at the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver County, as well as at the Mount Lebanon Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

The agents were from the FBI, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services, IRS-Criminal Investigation and state attorney general’s office, Brady said.

More than 330 of the for-profit Brighton nursing home’s residents tested positive for the virus since the end of March, and at least 82 of them died, the newspaper reported.

No other information was available about the searches. A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania attorney general's office confirmed the office was involved in the warrant execution but said she could not discuss the searches further.

The office previously confirmed that Brighton was one of a handful of nursing home facilities being investigated for criminal neglect related to their pandemic response.