Gordon was originally freed on $30,000 bond while she awaited trial, but her bond was revoked on Oct. 31, shortly after she was charged with driving with a suspended license/habitual. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch placed her on house arrest the next day.
Under Florida law, ALFs cannot be owned or operated by someone who has been convicted of certain crimes — such as fraud — or charged with them and awaiting trial. ALF operators who become “aware that an employee has been arrested for a disqualifying offense” must fire such an employee, or place them in a job not subject to state background screening laws, the health care agency wrote in its complaint.
The law allows AHCA to “deny, revoke and suspend any license” held by an owner or administrator charged with a crime, and to impose administrative fines, the complaint says.
Gordon has 21 days to respond to the state’s administrative complaint.
Gordon is not the first Floridian who ran an ALF while awaiting trial on significant fraud charges.
Arturo Godinez ran two of South Florida’s largest assisted living facilities — with among the worst records for allegations of death and neglect — until AHCA removed him, about three weeks before he was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy and participating in an organized scheme to defraud. The Statewide Prosecutors’ Office said he was part of a far-flung conspiracy to sell counterfeit, stolen and relabeled medications to unsuspecting pharmacies and consumers.
Godinez was indicted in 2003. For the next nine years he ran the two ALFs in which one elderly man plunged to his death from the balcony of a third-floor Alzheimer’s wing, one woman, her mind ravaged by dementia, drank from a bottle of Pine Sol and died 10 days later, and yet another woman wandered from her ALF and was found two days later lying near railroad tracks — starving, dehydrated and comatose, her body riddled with painful red ant bites, sending her into shock.
Godinez was sentenced last December to nine years imprisonment.