Nov 22 (Reuters) – France’s Orpea (ORP.PA), hit by allegations of malpractice at its French retirement houses, on Tuesday stated it could pay again the complete 55.8 million euros ($57.2 million) claimed by the nationwide fund that funds dwelling help for the aged and disabled.
“With a view to turning the web page on errors of the previous and returning to full cooperation with the authorities, Orpea has determined to reimburse the entire sums because of the Caisse de Solidarité pour l’Autonomie (CNSA),” the group stated in a press release.
The reimbursement will result in a further provision of 30.1 million euros within the 12 months to Dec. 31, 2022.
Shares in Orpea, considered one of Europe’s greatest for-profit care dwelling teams, rose 4.8% in early commerce.
The group, in turmoil because the publication of “Les Fossoyeurs”, or The Gravediggers, by journalist Victor Castanet earlier this 12 months, stated in June an impartial audit had discovered proof of economic wrongdoing, together with inflated labour bills and suspiciously giant funds to 3rd events.
Orpea had stated in August it could reimburse 25.7 million euros, comparable to a portion of the quantity, for any public grants that had not been appropriately requested, paid or used.
Dozens of Orpea’s retirement houses throughout France had been focused by police raids final week as a part of a judicial investigation over allegations of malpractice and doable mistreatment of nursing dwelling residents.
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Reporting by Diana Mandiá; Modifying by Kirsten Donovan and Louise Heavens
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