Ehpad: searches have begun in several institutions Orpea – Sciences et Avenir

Several searches were launched on Tuesday at the facilities of the private group Orpea as part of a preliminary investigation into “institutional abuse” conducted in Nanterre, the prosecutor’s office said, confirming Mediapart’s information.

That search began on Tuesday morning, the day a group of private nursing homes presented their transformation plan, trying to convince them they could raise the bar and get their practices and finances in order.

These searches, “carried out throughout France,” should be spread out “over several days,” said a source close to the AFP case, gendarmes of the Central Office for Combating Damage to the Environment and Public Health (Oclaesp), targeting a total of “several dozens of establishments” Orpei.

In response to an inquiry from AFP, Orpea representatives assured that they were “mobilized to support ongoing investigations.”

As early as June, the group’s headquarters and regional offices were raided as part of this part of the “institutional abuse” investigation, as well as another part devoted to the investigation of alleged financial crimes.

The operation of this June search is still ongoing.

Orpea, which has a presence in 23 countries and operates more than 350 locations in France, is in turmoil after the publication in January of the investigative book Les Fossoyeurs by journalist Victor Castanet.

The journalist denounces the mistreatment of residents, misuse of public funds and shortcomings in personnel management.

At the end of two administrative investigations, the government submitted a report to the court. At the end of April, the public prosecutor’s office of Nanterre opened an investigation consisting of two parts: one for abuses in institutions, and the other for financial crimes.

These investigations were combined with an investigation already underway into violations of labor laws.

The institutional ill-treatment component is based, in part, on about fifty complaints from residents’ families about “endangering the lives of others”, “failure to help a person in danger”, “manslaughter”, and “negligent violence”.

Attorney Sarah Saldmann represents the vast majority. “These searches are a good thing, they may shed some light on some possible and as yet unknown actions,” she told AFP.

At the same time, Orpea filed a complaint against X, and a preliminary investigation was opened in mid-May, in particular for the misuse of corporate assets.

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