June 19, 2014
Morven, GA - GBI agents raid a group home, after residents report people breaking in their homes to steal food. Six people are under arrest.
"It's terrible out there. They beat people, hurt people, everything."
Strong words from William Wethersby who claims he used to be a resident of a group home formally known as Uplift Inc. He says he is glad he left the home when he did. On Thursday morning, agents from the Georgira Bureau of Investigations raided the facility and arrested the owner, Tyrone Terrell, and five other people.
"We have reports of physical abuse. We have assault charges and battery charges as well on the people that were working there. As well as exploitation' using the finances of the clients for themselves to actually personally profit", says Special Agent, Steve Turner, with the GBI.
According to Agent Turner, the facility was unlivable. Terrell was accepting money for patients to stay here and in turn, was taking their food stamps and making them fend for themselves. He says they didn't even provide air conditioning.
The raid came after a two-month investigation into this facility in Morven and antother in Hahira.
"Morven PD has had multiple complaints about clients that were living there who were breaking out and breaking into people's homes because they weren't being adequately fed", says Turner.
Weathersby says people were just doing what they had to do to survive.
"Half the time they didn't feed nobody. The food's nasty, bugs, bed bugs, everywhere."
Agent Turner says the suspects face charges ranging from Exploitation to Aggravated Assault.
The GBI also says this is an ongoing investigation and additional charges are pending. All of the residents have been placed in other facilities.