Melinda Ballenger is accused of stealing money from the accounts of the nursing home residents at Golden Age, owned and operated by the infamous national for-profit chain, SavaSeniorCare LLC. The same chain is being sued by the United States of America for Medicare fraud and False Claims Act violations in Tennessee. Ballenger also handled accounts for Inman Health Care, where similar missing funds were discovered in a preliminary audit. Inman Health Care is also owned and operated by SavaSeniorCare LLC.
A routine audit by Sava’s corporate consultants discovered that at least $6,900 was missing from accounts set up by patients to pay for extra food, haircuts, clothing and other expenses. The administrator said the only person with access to the accounts was Ballenger. The administrator said a complete audit has not been finalized, but that there may be more money missing.