Three arrested in Loudon for stealing veterans benefits

Loudon (WVLT) – Three people have been arrested in Loudon County for stealing Veteran’s benefits.

Ronnie Costner, 68 and Lynn Costner, 57 of Clinton are the former owners of the Mountain View Assisted Living Facility.

According to the TBI, the pair has been under investigation since 2003 when complaints were filed abut abuse of patient funds.

Over the course of the investigation, the TBI’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit was assisted by the Veterans Administration Office of the Inspector General.

They have now each been charged with one count of theft of property over $10,000 but not exceeding $60,000.

Also charged with the same crime is Curtis Sorells, 41 of Clinton who was the former administrator at Mountain View.

The Costner’s also owned two other facilities in East Tennessee, but the benefits were only stolen from a patient at Mountain View.

All three suspects were booked at the Loudon County jail and released on bond.

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  • by Billy Blount Location: Sturgis Ky on Dec 21, 2007 at 12:42 AM
    We are a small community but our news does not convict someone without a trail. Being arrested does not make you guilty. You state they were arrested for stealing and that they had stolen, they were charged with stealing but have not been convicted and may very well be able to prove the charges are false, may not but you shuld not convict them in the media. That is not your job. As far as the Home Away From Home goes, it was not a nursing home but a home for the aged. My cousin lived there and she died in the fire and we, her family, accepted it for what it was an accident.
  • by PETE Location: Maryville on Dec 20, 2007 at 11:42 AM
    These are the same people who owned and was the operator for Home Away from Home nursing home. It burned and killed 5 elderly ladies about 3 yrs. ago. These people should be investigated very closely.


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