Orpea scandal: an ongoing search of the company’s headquarters

youA search was underway on Wednesday, June 8, at the headquarters of the private group Ehpad Orpea in Puteaux (Hauts-de-Seine), as part of the investigation opened in April on suspicion of institutional mistreatment or financial crimes, such as We learned from a source close to the investigation. A dozen gendarmes from the Versailles Research Section and the Central Office for Combating Damage to the Environment and Public Health (OCLAESP) entered the company’s headquarters in the morning, noted an Agence France-Presse journalist. Orpea’s management confirmed that a search was “ongoing” at headquarters and its regional offices. Following this announcement, Orpea’s shares fell by more than 5% on the Paris Stock Exchange.

According to a source close to the investigation, these searches aim to “carry out verifications” on the inquiry opened after a government report sent in March to the Public Ministry of Nanterre, following the publication of the book. the gravediggers by Victor Castanete.

This investigation was added to other investigations, started in February, for “falsification and use of forgery and violation of labor legislation by abusive use of fixed-term contracts”. At the request of AFP, the Nanterre prosecutor’s office declined to communicate immediately. the book the gravediggers accuses Orpea of ​​serious shortcomings in the management of its accommodation establishments for dependent elderly people (Ehpad), which the group refutes. diverted from their purposes.

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Victims’ families salute these acts

“Justice is finally measuring this public health scandal,” hailed the search announcement, lawyer Fabien Arakelian, representing several families who have filed complaints in Nanterre and elsewhere in the country. “Let’s hope this continues,” he told AFP. In addition to the investigation opened in April, Orpea has also been the subject of an investigation since February for “falsification and use of counterfeiting and violation of labor legislation for abusive use of fixed-term contracts”. The process has already been joined.

Investigators are also investigating numerous complaints: a large part of the salvo of the 80 complaints filed in April by Me Sarah Saldmann on behalf of the residents’ families, in addition to other complaints, from other lawyers, and received even before the publication of the book. the gravediggers. In addition, the former managing director of the group for more than ten years, Yves Le Masne, who was fired at the end of January, was heard at a public hearing on Tuesday as part of an investigation opened by the National Finance Attorney (PNF) . by “insider trading” referring to its resale of shares, shortly before the publication of Victor Castanet’s book.

In the face of numerous criticisms and questions, Orpea launched a “general meeting” in May to collect complaints from its citizens: around fifty establishments are thus organizing meetings within it and a digital platform was created to receive suggestions. Orpea promised a report on these debates in the fall.

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Korian swept away by the wave of complaints

The scandal also affects Orpea’s direct competitor, Korian. Thirty complaints against Ehpad Korian, in particular for “manslaughter”, have been filed with a dozen prosecutors in various regions, attorney Sarah Saldmann said on Tuesday. These complaints against X come from 18 families of residents, for acts of “putting the lives of third parties at risk”, “not attending to a person in danger” and “manslaughter”.

The Korian group indicated in a press release that it “does not know anything about the content of these complaints and therefore cannot comment” and recalls that “all serious situations brought to (its) knowledge are processed and systematically reported to the authorities”. On Wednesday morning, Korian lost more than 9% on the Paris Stock Exchange.

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