Augusta woman charged second time with running unlicensed personal care home denied bond

At her first court appearance Wednesday, bond was denied for the woman accused for the second time of running an unlicensed personal care home.

 

Tameka Burns, 41, was arrested Tuesday by Crimes Against the Vulnerable and Elderly task force members who responded to a complaint at 3541 Biltmore Place and found four disabled or elderly patients alone. Burns is charged with felony offense operating an unlicensed personal care home, exploitation of a disabled adult and neglect of a disabled adult.

Assistant District Attorney Ricky Coates asked Richmond County Magistrate Judge Stephen Shepard to deny bond for Burns, contending she posed a risk of intimidating witnesses and of committing additional offenses by continuing to operate a personal care home.

Burns, who was not represented by an attorney during the hearing, told the judge she has no plans to return to the personal care home business, and said the Biltmore Place personal care home wasn’t hers.

The mother of five and grandmother of one said she had run a personal care home for eight years. “I just lost my license and everything went down from there.”

Burns was arrested in August 2014 for operating an unlicensed personal care home on Anthony DeJuan Parkway. She was accused of placing 18 people in the four-bedroom home where patients allegedly slept on the floor in the house that lack air conditioning.

Burns pleaded guilty in October 2015 to a reduced charge. She was sentenced to a year on probation and fined $500.

Shepard said he was denying Burns bond because he was concerned she could pose a danger of intimidating witnesses.

The CAVE task force was formed earlier this year by District Attorney Natalie Paine.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com

To report suspected abuse or neglect of personal care home patients, email pchtaskforce@augustaga.gov

 

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