An Augusta woman charged with a second offense of operating a personal care home without a license was arrested Tuesday after authorities found four disabled or elderly patients alone in a home.
Tamika Burns, 41, was charged with a felony offense of operating a personal care home without a license, exploitation of a disabled adult, and neglect of a disabled adult, said William Loomer, an investigator for the district attorney’s office whom District Attorney Natalie Paine put in charge of the Crimes Against the Vulnerable and Elderly task force.
Acting on a complaint to the task force, members and a state Department of Community Health Healthcare Facility Regulation auditor went to 3541 Biltmore Place, Loomer said. They found four adults alone. One patient should have been in a nursing home because of the extent of his medical needs, Loomer said.
New homes have been found for all four residents. Burns is in jail, currently without bond.
She was arrested in August 2014, charged with operating an unlicensed personal care home. In that case, she was accused of placing 18 people in a four-bedroom home without air-conditioning on Anthony DeJuan Parkway.
She pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to the lesser offense of misdemeanor operating an unlicensed personal care home. According to court records, she was sentenced to one year of probation and fined $500.
Burns previously had a licensed personal care home in Hephzibah, but the Anthony DeJuan Parkway home twice failed inspections when she sought to obtain a license.
Three other women have been charged this year with operating personal care homes without a license. Their cases are pending in Richmond County State Court, where they have requested jury trials on the misdemeanor charges.
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