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Independent living facility operator convicted of abuse

Long T. Tran is the seventh Independent Living Facility operator convicted of either elder or dependent adult abuse or providing unlicensed care since 2020.

The operator of an independent living facility (ILF) in Bay Terrance pled guilty to abuse of a dependent adult and is the seventh operator in the region to be convicted of either elder or dependent abuse or providing unlicensed care since the start of the pandemic. 

Long T. Tran operated two ILF in the City of San Diego and another in San Diego County. He was found guilty of leaving at least one disabled resident “in conditions so dire that he needed emergency medical care or hospitalization,” announced the office of  San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliott. 

Paramedics found a 41-year-old paraplegic man on June 17, 2020, at 6435 Jouglard Street, covered in feces and afflicted with tunneling skin ulcers caused by severe bed sores. Elliott’s office said the fecal matter infected the man’s urinary catheter, which he told hospital staff had not been changed in three weeks. 

The catheter bag was completely full, and he had been in extreme pain for several days. Another resident of Tran’s facility was hospitalized with seizures. 

“Those who reside in independent living facilities are often just one step away from homelessness, and are unwilling to risk the little protection they have by complaining,” City Attorney Mara W. Elliott said. “They deserve to be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect -- not like yesterday’s garbage.” 

The state Attorney General sued Tran for multiple violations at a chain of care facilities throughout San Diego County from 2008-2015, banning him from operating group-living facilities for elders and dependent adults who require supervision. 

The City Attorney reported that at least nine residents at the Jouglard Street facility needed care and supervision for routine activities, including transfers in and out of bed, bathing, medication management, and financial management despite the active ban. 

Tran was charged with one count of elder/dependent abuse and one count of violating a court order prohibiting him from operating an unlicensed care facility. Prosecutors say he was sentenced immediately to 30 days in jail, with custody stayed pending the successful completion of one year of probation. 

According to prosecutors, his probation conditions prohibit him from operating an unlicensed community care facility and providing transportation or placement of anyone who needs care or assistance at any facility.