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Lawsuit targets Park Slope senior residence for misrepresentation, overcharging

December 21, 2012 11:00AM

From left: Prospect Park Residence and Hunter Shkolnik

A new federal class action lawsuit is alleging that the a Park Slope senior residence is operating as an unlicensed assisted living facility, the New York Daily News reported. The suit was filed Wednesday and charges that the Prospect Park Residence “intentionally misrepresents” itself and overcharges those who live there, as if it actually were a licensed facility.

Attorney Hunter Shkolnik filed the suit and said “this is a very unfortunate situation that the residents and their families have been taken advantage of by being promised a licensed care facility yet were denied that by this fraudulent scheme.” He added, “they do not provide the level of care that a licensed facility would.”

The suit also says that two former residents were charged $5,000 in monthly rent plus medical services fees. Shkolnik said that over 1,000 residents — current and previous — could join the suit. Over-billing, he said, could reach into the millions of dollars.

David Pomerantz, executive director of the facility, did not return the Daily News’ request for comment. The residence’s website does not include the term assisted living, the Daily News said. [NYDN]Zachary Kussin

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