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Resource ID: #18780
Subject: Disabilities
Source: Herald-Tribune (Sarasota, Fla.)
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Date: Sept. 2, 9, Oct. 20

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The Herald-Tribune reports on abuse and rip-offs in group homes for disabled. The series follows the coverage an accident in which a fire killed two developmentally disabled men. The investigation finds that state inspectors have "ignored repeated complaints" that the residents have been mistreated, sexually assaulted and deprived of their money and belongings. The stories shed light on how Vicky and Bob Swan, a family with history of fraud and bad debts, have received more than $1 million from the state to operate group homes. The Swans hired "felons, misfits and drug addicts to care for men and women who needed help eating, bathing and getting dressed," the newspaper reports. The follow-up stores examine the poor decision-making by state regulators and the devastating impact of state budget cuts on proposed fixes for the system.

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