Pharmacy owner pleads in Albany elder abuse case

Pharmacy owner pleads in Albany elder abuse case
(Source: Gray News)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced Tuesday that Perry Kirka pled guilty on Jan 18. to one count of identity fraud, in connection to operations at an Albany personal care home.

Kirka was sentenced to five years to serve on probation, and ordered to pay $2 million in restitution to the Department of Community Health (DCH).

His enrollment in the Georgia Medicaid program has ended, and he is barred from participating in the business of Paylow Pharmacy, or any pharmacy in the state.

The multi-layered scheme came to light in July of 2017, when neighbors told police that residents renting a home from Michelle Oliver were begging for food on the streets of Albany. Oliver, 39, was arrested at her home in Forsyth.

Apartments on South Jackson and Flintside Drive in Albany were leased out to veterans, and neighbors became concerned about them. Assistant Dougherty District Attorney Jeremy Hager described the conditions inside the units as “deplorable.”

Harold Hunt previously pleaded guilty to one count of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act in September 2018 and is awaiting sentencing. The remaining defendants, Michelle Oliver and Cynthia Riley, are currently awaiting trial on 80 counts, including violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and other charges related to their involvement with Miracle One Care Center.

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