A South Carolina man who owns and runs two assisted living facilities was arrested and charged recently with neglecting and exploiting vulnerable adults and breach of trust, according to South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson.
The South Carolina Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (SCMFCU) arrested Darryl Alan Mast, the owner and administrator of assisted living facilities Oakridge Community Care Home #1 and #2 in Inman, South Carolina, on Feb. 14, 2022. Mast was charged with 10 counts of neglect of a vulnerable adult, two counts of exploitation of a vulnerable adult, and one count of breach of trust with fraudulent intent with a value of $10,000 or more.
Investigators allege that on May 24, 2017, Mast exploited a vulnerable adult resident of Oakridge Community Care Home #1 by improperly and unlawfully allowing a resident to work, manage or provide care to other residents at the facility, thereby placing the victim at a substantial risk of causing physical or mental injury to himself and other residents at the facility.
Arrest warrants also claim that on June 21, 2021, Mast exploited a vulnerable adult by knowingly and willfully making unlawful, unauthorized or improper use of the funds and assets of a resident at Oakridge Community Care Home #2 for the benefit of Mast or another person.
Also, on June 21, 2021, investigators allege that Mast, who was entrusted with the funds of a resident at his facility, converted these funds to his own use. Specifically, it is claimed that Mast deposited a Social Security check of a vulnerable adult resident in the amount of $66,110 into his own account and then converted the funds to his own personal use, including the purchase of a personal vehicle.