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Towson nursing home manager pleads guilty in federal court

Towson nursing home manager pleads guilty in federal court to identity theft scheme.

The manager of a Towson assisted living facility pleaded guilty this week to a scheme in which he stole residents' personal information to open credit card accounts, spending more than $70,000, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Salah Eldean Sood, 35, of Lutherville, who ran Holland Manor Eldercare, was charged with bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, after federal prosecutors said he opened credit card accounts using patients' stolen information between July 2014 and January 2016.

Sood collected six credit cards in the names of the residents, and added himself as an authorized user on those accounts to make purchases, prosecutors said.

Maryland health officials first began investigating Sood after Baltimore County fire personnel were called in June 2015 to take a resident to the hospital, and noted that the facility was unsanitary and that the patient's injuries were potentially due from a lack of proper medical care, prosecutors said. The patient died two days later.

State officials then revoked Holland Manor's assisted living program license on Sept. 25, 2015.

Baltimore County officials returned to Holland Manor in December 2015 for a fire alarm. While responding, prosecutors said county officials found two residents who had been left alone, including an 80-year-old man who said that no staff were present at the facility overnight.

Officials found the other resident restrained in a bed in a second floor bedroom, comatose and unable to communicate, prosecutors said.

Further investigation revealed Sood opened the credit card accounts in the names of three residents.

Sood and prosecutors have agreed to sentencing of between 48 to 52 months in prison. Sood is also required to pay restitution in the full amount of the victims' losses -- $74,753.24.

Sood's federal sentence will run concurrent to a two-year state sentence imposed in his Baltimore County Circuit case, in which he was found guilty of operating an assisted living home without a license and abuse of a vulnerable adult, according to online court records.

Sood did not have a current attorney listed in online federal court records.

Sentencing is scheduled before U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis on March 30.

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