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AG's Office arrests group home operator on abuse charges

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Ran adult home in Williston

TALLAHASSEE –Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office today arrested a Levy County resident and charged her with neglect of a disabled adult, false imprisonment, aggravated abuse, and exploitation.

Allegations against Priscilla Smith Johnson, owner of Johnson’s Adult Family Care Home in Williston, include neglecting to provide a bed for residents of the home, failing to provide medical services for a resident’s wounds, restraining a disabled adult with handcuffs, willfully abusing a disabled adult and causing wounds on her wrists and permanent disfigurement, and failing to pay two disabled adult residents their required monthly personal needs allowance. Johnson’s bond was set at $205,000.

“I thank the Levy County Sheriff’s Office for partnering with us on our efforts to uncover and put an end to this deplorable conduct," Bondi said.

Johnson was arrested after a collaborative investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Levy County Sheriff’s Office.

The aggravated abuse charge is a first-degree felony, and all other charges against Johnson are third-degree felonies. If convicted, Johnson could face 60 years in prison and $40,000 in fines.

The case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office for the Eighth Judicial Circuit.