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Woman wanted for running unlicensed care facility

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The Marietta Police Department Detectives Division want the public's help in locating a woman they claim was running an unlicensed care facility.

Raequel Penny is still free Tuesday morning.

Perry is wanted by Marietta police for operating an unlicensed care facility.

"The house itself looks very nice, but you never know what goes on behind closed doors," said Officer David Baldwin with the Marietta Police Department. "There was one refrigerator that was down there that had completely rotten food and was covered with bugs."

Rooms in the cramped basement were divided by plywood walls with no doors. According to police, there was only one bathroom. Residents who lived downstairs would be carried once a week to shower since there was no working shower in the basement.

In August, officers received information from the Georgia Healthcare Facility Regulation Division about an unlicensed care home being operated along Laurel Springs Lane in Marietta.

Investigators attempted to inspect the home, but they were turned away by an employee of the facility.

Detectives later obtained a search warrant and found the facility to be unlicensed and in poor condition.

In less than 24 hours, police said all the patients and employees were gone.

An arrest warrant was established for Penny. She closed the care home before being served with the arrest warrant.

"It's extremely sad," Doug Powell said. Powell lives a few doors down. He said he noticed expensive cars in and out of the driveway but didn't think it was suspicious.

"I just can't believe how those people were living," Powell said. "What about the family members that get them in this facility? Wouldn't you want to check out the licensing and so forth to see if you are taking your family member to someone who is a standup place?"

Police said they are seeing more and more unlicensed care facilities. A couple of months ago, Marietta police busted another home.

According to Karen Hallacy with the Cobb Neighborhood Safety Commission, it is a growing problem.

"If you see activity that is happening, or elderly people being rolled in and out of a home, you should ask some questions. It never hurts to ask the question," Hallacy said. "This is not something that should normally be happening in a neighborhood. Financial abuse is one of the biggest problems growing across the country for elderly."

Anyone with information about Penny is asked to contact Detective Daniel Ohmann at 770-794-5372 or the Marietta Police Department Tip Line at 770-794-6990.

The investigation is still ongoing, and additional charges could be pending.

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