(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–A Las Vegas woman who operated a group home facility without a license has been sentenced.

An elderly woman and a vulnerable adult were found to be living at a facility operated by Luzviminda Rosario Jose, 50, of Las Vegas. State authorities say Jose was not cooperative during an investigation into the welfare of the two residents, who were kept behind a secure door. Police were called to force open the door to the room in May 2012.

Jose has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges. She was given a suspended six month jail term and required to pay $25,000 in restitution. Persons and businesses convicted of crimes regarding abuse or neglect of the elderly may be suspended from participation as a provider of government services.

The sentence was announced by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto’s office.



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