Unlicensed Care Home Operator Convicted for Elderly Neglect - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Unlicensed Care Home Operator Convicted for Elderly Neglect

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A 41-year-old Kauai man was convicted of assault in the second degree and operating a care home without a license.

Police say in December of 2004, Jason Craig arranged to care for 82-year-old Ryoji Hirokawa, who was stricken with Parkinson's disease and dementia, at the rate of $4000 a month.

Hirokawa was found to be emaciated, extremely weak and dehydrated three months later.  He lost 20 pounds while under Craig's care.  Hirokawa was taken to a hospital for treatment but died several months later at a nursing home.

Craig faces a possible 5-year prison term with a mandatory minimum sentence of one-year and eight months.  He also faces up to a $10,000 fine for assault in the second degree and $2000 fine for operating a care home without a license. 

Sentencing is set for February 21, 2008.

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