Assisted living manager pleads guilty to using resident IDs to obtain credit cards, charge $74,000

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The former Holland Manor Eldercare. (Photo: Maryland Health Care Commission)
The former Holland Manor Eldercare. (Photo: Maryland Health Care Commission)

The former manager of a Maryland assisted living facility pleaded guilty late Tuesday to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft for opening credit card accounts in the names of residents and charging more than $74,000 in purchases to them, the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland announced.

Sentencing for Salah Eldean Sood, the former manager of Holland Manor Eldercare in Towson, MD, is scheduled for March 30. As part of a plea agreement, federal officials said they will recommend that he serve 48 to 52 months in prison concurrently with a two-year sentence that was imposed in August on state charges of neglect and operating an assisted living facility without a license. Sood had faced a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine for bank fraud, as well as at least two years in prison if found guilty of aggravated identity theft.

Sood also will be required to pay full restitution of $74,753.24 to his victims.

Federal officials said that from July 2014 to January 2016, Sood obtained six credit cards using the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of three residents of the assisted living facility. He subsequently added himself as an authorized user on those accounts and made several purchases.

Maryland health officials revoked Holland Manor's assisted living license in September 2015.

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