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State legislators have launched an investigation into the finances of a chain of nursing homes: Phot by Chion WolfState legislators have launched an investigation into the finances of a chain of nursing homes: Photo by Chion WolfConnecticut officials have launched an investigation into the finances of a chain of nursing homes, which has been fined at least 45 times in three years for serious patient care deficiencies.

Haven Healthcare owns 15 nursing homes in Connecticut, and another 10 in other New England states. The Hartford Courant reports that the Middletown based company has been cited repeatedly for violations that cause harm to residents or pose an immediate threat to health and safety. It’s also been the target of lawsuits brought by families who claim their loved ones died or were injured in Haven homes as a result of neglect or negligence. The chain has been sued by at least 12 creditors since 2005, and some of its homes have been threatened by power shut-offs as a result of not paying utility bills.

But, according to the Courant, the CEO of the company, Raymond Termini has used assets of Haven Eldercare to buy a lakefront house in Middlefield, and to launch a record company in Nashville. Now the Department of Social Services says it will examine Haven’t finances to determine whether to appoint a receiver who would safeguard the health and safety of residents.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal says he’s looking into possible cases of Medicaid and Medicare fraud at the chain. Haven issued a statement Sunday saying it has turned its finances around, and has begun investing 10 million dollars into frontline patient care at its homes.