ID theft gets assisted living manager 52 months in federal prison

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Holland Manor Eldercare (Photo: Maryland Health Care Commission)
Holland Manor Eldercare (Photo: Maryland Health Care Commission)

The former manager of an assisted living facility in Maryland has been sentenced to 52 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release after admitting to obtaining credit cards in the names of residents and making almost $75,000 in purchases on them.

Salah Sood, 35, who used to work at Holland Manor Eldercare in Towson, MD, had pleaded guilty to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft in November. As part of a plea agreement, federal officials said they would recommend that he serve 48 to 52 months for the charges. 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 for aggravated identity theft if found guilty, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.

According to court documents, from July 2014 to January 2016, Sood opened six credit card accounts using the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of three residents. He reportedly submitted the applications electronically, using Holland Manor as the home address, and added himself as an authorized user on those accounts.

In addition to the prison time and supervised release, Sood also reportedly will be required to pay full restitution of $74,753.24 to his victims.

In November, federal officials had said that they would recommend that the federal prison time be served concurrently with a two-year sentence that was imposed on Sood in August 2016 on state charges of neglect and operating an assisted living facility without a license. Members of the city's fire or police departments twice said they had encountered unsanitary conditions at the facility. On one call in response to a fire alarm, they said they found residents alone in the community, with one resident restrained in a bed, comatose and unable to communicate.

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