A man accused of operating an unlicensed personal care home on Wrightsboro Road in Augusta made his first court appearance Friday.
Randy G. Gaitor Jr., 44, was granted a $70,000 bond in Richmond County Magistrate Court. He is charged with three felonies– operating an unlicensed personal care home, exploitation of an elderly or disabled person, and neglect of an elderly or disabled adult. He was arrested Tuesday.
Members of the local personal care home task force, Crimes Against the Vulnerable and Elderly, received a tip that Gaitor was running an unlicensed home at 2024 Wrightsboro Road, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
A resident alone at the house let CAVE members inside. He said he had been there several months after living in another unlicensed home. He said Gaitor was his caretaker and paid him $600 a month. According to the incident report, the man smelled and had dried feces on his hands and body. The man has an unknown mental illness and physical disabilities, according to the report.
Gaitor returned to the home with a second resident who told CAVE members that Gaitor was trying to relocate him to another home because Gaitor didn’t want to get into trouble with the state.
While task force members were at the house, Deputy Justin Sharpe arrived with a third resident whom he found walking on John C. Calhoun Expressway. The man said he had been living on the streets, begging for food since Gaitor beat and threatened him. He paid Gaitor $500 a month, according to the incident report.
Gaitor had operated a licensed personal care home at the house until 2016, following a third critical inspection report which listed potentially dangerous conditions. According to sheriff incident reports, Gaitor dumped a blind, 82-year-old dementia patient at the Salvation Army in 2014. In February 2015, a 78-year-old man placed in Gaitor’s care used his walker to walk about five miles to the VA Medical Center on 15th Street. In June 2015, two patients went missing, one of whom was found sleeping on a railroad track.
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