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3 Charged After Drugs Illegally Distributed From Care Home

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Criminal charges have been filed against three people in connection with a probe that closed the Liberty Manor Personal Care home in Liberty Borough last month.

Owner William Garvin has been charged with criminal conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, theft and receiving stolen property.

Supervisor Lori Jarusinsky and employee Mary Cherny face similar charges.

The criminal complaint, filed at the office of District Justice Armand Martin in Glassport, says medications prescribed for patients were stolen by employees, although they were signed out as though the patient received them.

The shutdown of the facility by state agencies in March was prompted by the prescription drug investigation initiated by Liberty Borough Police, after an employee gave them a tip that prescription drugs were being distributed illegally.

Last month, investigators removed boxes of evidence from the facility and a hazmat team also removed more than 200 cans full of syringes.

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