Orange Co. mansion may be operating as illegal assisted care facility

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Eyewitness News uncovered an assisted living center on a sprawling piece of Orange County property may be operating without a license.

State and local authorities are investigating after several complaints about the Oakland mansion on Tidenville School Road near State Road 50.

“We received an allegation that there is an unlicensed assisted living facility in our jurisdiction,” said Lt. John Peek of the Oakland Police Department.

Peek said the allegations were sent to code enforcement and the state Agency for Health Care Administration.

“I can’t confirm that the allegation is even true at this time. We just don’t know yet,” Peek said.

When Channel 9’s Mario went to the home, a man there said it was a care facility with only a handful of clients, but when the man saw Boone’s camera, he said it wasn’t a care facility.

State investigators said whatever might be operating inside the home, there’s no license on file for it to do so.

Investigators are also checking out whether the home is tied to another facility in Seminole County that was the focus of four complaints since 2011, and shut down earlier this month.

“All I can tell you is that it’s currently under investigation at this time,” Peek said.

There is no criminal penalty for operating an unlicensed care facility, but fines of $1,000 a day can be imposed.