Woman accused of running unlicensed personal care home granted bond

Bond was granted Friday to an Augusta woman charged for the second time with operating an unlicensed personal care home.

 

Tamika Burns, 41, was arrested Nov. 7, the day members of the newly formed personal care home task force, Crimes Against the Vulnerable and Elderly, investigated a complaint that Burns was running a unlicensed personal care home at 3541 Biltmore Place.

Assistant District Attorney and CAVE member Ricky Coates told a Richmond County Superior Court judge that the task force found four disabled adults living in the dirty, roach home. One resident was unable to move or speak. Another who suffers from mental illness said she took care of that man and did other chores and Burns would occasionally pay her $20, Coates said.

Another resident, who has a mental disability, was previously found living in Burns’ unlicensed personal care home on Anthony Dejaun Parkway in August 2014, Coates said. He was not found until last month, at the Biltmore Place residence, Coates said.

Defense attorney Rodney Quesenberry told the judge that Burns said the 2014 case was a paperwork mix-up. She pleaded guilty to a reduced charged and served 12 months on probation. Quesenberry said he doubts the state will be able to find any corroboration that Burns was running an unlicensed care home on Biltmore Place or that she was connected to the home.

Over the prosecutor’s objections, Senior Judge Albert M. Pickett set a $30,000 bond for Burns. The bond requires Burns to have no contact or involvement in the care of anyone but family members. She is not to have any contact with the former residents of 3541 Biltmore Place, and is prohibited from receiving any money from them or anyone else who receives disability payments.

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

 

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