Updated 4 p.m.: Shirley Farmer, who is listed in administration at College Vista Convalescent Hospital in a Dun & Bradstreet report, declined to answer questions from Patch when asked about the FBI raid.
She also declined to answer questions about the home's ownership, which Dun & Bradstreet lists as "Notellage Corp.," a private company with only the Eagle Rock location and the same address as College Vista.
Dun & Bradstreet reports that College Vista has 50 employees, annual sales of $3.99 million annually and net worth of $137,946.
Previously: The FBI, IRS and two California state agencies raided an Eagle Rock convalescent hospital Thursday morning in connection with what one officer on the scene described as alleged health care fraud.
The hospital targeted was , located at 4681 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Armed FBI agents served a search warrant on the hospital in connection with alleged “convalescent health care frauds,” according to an officer from the California Department of Justice Police, which participated in the raid.
“Federal agents from the FBI and the IRS are executing search warrants,” Lourdes Arocho, a spokesperson at the FBI field office in the Federal Building on Wilshire Boulevard confirmed to Patch, adding: “We cannot confirm what investigation this is for because the matter is sealed" by the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
The FBI and DOJ Police were accompanied by agents from the federal Internal Revenue Service and personnel from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the Inspector General, Arocho said.
When Patch arrived at the hospital at about 9 a.m., uniformed officers could be seen screening visitors and taking away documents in cardboard boxes. People who were in the hospital were permitted to leave, however.
“This has been going on in several other places today” in Los Angeles county, the DOJ Police officer told Patch on condition that his name not be used. Arocho told Patch, however, that she could not comment on whether other investigations were underway because of court restrictions.
It's unclear whether the two raids are related; we're following up and will report back if we get more information.