Passages Hospice center closes, lays off employees in Swansea

News-DemocratFebruary 21, 2014 

A hospice company with locations in Swansea and St. Louis has laid off all of its employees just weeks after the company's founder was charged with federal health care fraud.

An employee at Passages Hospice corporate headquarters in Lisle confirmed that she and all 330 of the company's employees were issued letters Friday stating that the company was cutting all workers. The letter also stated that workers were not being paid for the past four weeks of work because the business' Medicare payments have been frozen.

On Jan. 24, Passages Hospice LLC founder and co-owner Seth Gillman, 46, of Lincolnwood, was charged with health care fraud and obstructing a federal audit. The company has five locations throughout Illinois plus additional offices in Carmel, Ind., and Janesville, Wis.

Gillman could not be reached for comment Friday.

Passages Hospice Public Relations and Media Specialist Kamie Freeland declined to comment.

Gill Soffer, a Chicago lawyer who has represented Passages, said he did not know about the layoffs and did not have any further information.

Contact reporter Will Buss at wbuss@bnd.com or 239-2526.

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