FBI Followed State Nursing Home Owner Associated Press (12/29/01) Vol. 29, No. 26 p.C9; Yen, Hope
FBI agents recently followed and taped the telephone conversations of Okalahoma nursing home owner E.W. "Dub" Jiles as part of an ongoing investigation of corruption within the state's Department of Health. Jiles is thought to have used his influence with state health officials to acquire Medicare- or Medicaid-eligible patients from closed nursing home facilities, in addition to exchanging ineligible patients with other facility operators. According to his attorney, Carl Hughes, Oak Hills Living Center was asked by the Health Department to house patients from closed facilities. Furthermore, Hughes said these patients were financially-draining and unprofitable, providing Jiles with no reason to use influence to acquire them.