Claremont adult daycare accused of illegally accommodating elderly patients with dementia
The Byram Detective Bureau opened an investigation at the Claremont Adult Daycare Center after receiving a notification that several elderly patients who appeared to be suffering from dementia did not appear to be doing well.
The investigation began on June 9 at the center, located at 238 Route 206, in Byram Township. Township construction officials made the observation during a routine inspection of the facility.
The office also received information that at the time of the inspection, the current company operating the facility did not have a certificate of occupancy to operate a business.
Out of concern for the well-being of residents, emergency circumstances, and in community custodial status, Byram Police and members of the Sussex County Attorney’s Office White Collar Crimes Unit responded to the l ‘site. They arrived with emergency services staff and additional social workers from the Sussex County Social Services Division to assess the patients’ condition.
All elderly dementia patients found at the scene were either assessed and sent home with their families or sent to Newton Medical Center for further medical treatment and placement. Officials determined that the patients found at the facility were permanent residents even though the building was not approved for this type of use.
Additional investigative resources have been requested from the New Jersey office of the Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Affairs.
As the investigation evolved, investigators learned that the facility was not licensed in the state of New Jersey to operate an adult day care center, assisted living facility, or nursing home.
The owner-operators of the facility, Fe M. Caliolio and Yolando M. David, have been charged with the following offenses or with conspiracy to commit the following offenses for the accommodation of nine elderly patients with dementia in a non-residential facility. Byram Township Licensed: Endangering the Well-Being of an Incompetent Person, Causing or Risking Widespread Injury and Deceptive Business Practices.
If there is any additional information from a member of the public who has been the victim of a financial crime perpetrated by the accused listed above, please contact the Byram Township Detective Bureau at (973) 347-4008 or the office of the Sussex County Attorney White Collar Crime Unit at (973) 383-1570.