A Baltimore man who operated an assisted living community without a license has been sentenced to a two-year prison term.
Salah Sood was charged earlier this year after authorities found two unattended octogenarians at Holland Manor Eldercare. Room doors locks had been reversed so residents could be kept inside, investigators found. When questioned about the unsupervised seniors, Sood allegedly told the police that he had left to get something to eat and that the usual caretaker was temporarily taking care of personal business.
State health officials revoked the community’s operating license nearly a year ago, following complaints of inadequate care by another resident’s family.
Sood still faces federal charges for aggravated identity theft and bank fraud. The four-count indictment alleges he used the names and Social Security numbers of three residents to obtain six credit cards. He also listed himself as an authorized card user and racked up more than $75,000 in purchases using those accounts, the indictment claims. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine for bank fraud.