The Pittsburgh Tribune Review had an article about Scott Colver, the owner/operator of nursing homes who agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit that claimed he approved dozens of fraudulent billings, including nearly $500,000 to pay for his Maryland residence. In the lawsuit, Mid-Atlantic charged Colver engaged in "elaborate and extensive fraud … in order to covertly obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars in payment from his employer."
The settlement states Scott Colver agreed to repay $700,000 "in expenditures that were stolen" from Mid-Atlantic Health Care. He paid another $400,000 to settle claims that he had improperly diverted Mid-Atlantic business to his company.
Colver owns Colonial Senior Living of Western Pennsylvania, which began operating the Village of Pennwood in Wilkinsburg about a year ago. The settlement and the criminal charges were news to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, which issued an operating license to Colonial.
Records of the Maryland civil suit show that Colver invoked the Fifth Amendment 88 times when he was deposed by an attorney for Mid-Atlantic on July 1. Under questioning by Mid-Atlantic attorney Ellen B. Flynn, Colver refused to respond to questions about $460,745 in payments made by the Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to a company controlled by the man who sold Colver a house for $490,000 in 2005.
Colver invoked his right against self-incrimination when asked about another $227,366 in payments made to a company owned by the former property owner’s girlfriend. The suit charged that he even had the nursing home billed for landscaping services and the purchase of a washer and dryer for his personal residence.
Records show Colver’s license as a nursing home administrator was suspended in Virginia after he was charged with being abusive to a patient and then improperly discharging him.