Text messages reveal embattled retirement home owner’s profane tirades directed at state employees

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INDEPENDENCE — When the Louisiana Department of Health revoked the licenses of seven nursing homes that had been evacuated to a Tangipahoa facility before Hurricane Ida, they released a number of “exhibits” to support their decision.

The documents give a clearer timeline of what was known about the conditions of the makeshift shelter and when. It also offers insight into what the establishment’s owner, Bob Dean Jr., knew about the situation. His response, in evidence provided by LDH, shows a defensive and combative response to the state’s evacuation efforts.

A class action lawsuit has already been filed against the Baton Rouge businessman and retirement home owner. More than 800 residents were taken to the Independence shelter, and seven of the patients have since died from the impact of Hurricane Ida.

As of August 27, more than 50 calls were reportedly made to 911 asking for help at the shelter, as residents claimed they were being abused and employees requested ambulances for medical issues. After being evacuated by state agents, a dozen patients are said to need urgent medical attention and hospitalization; hundreds more have been transferred to public shelters.

In blasphemous text messages allegedly sent to LDH officials, Dean ordered the inspectors off his property, accusing them of being in a conspiracy with the federal government. Between the exchanges, he also alleged that someone had stolen his phone or that he was drunk, especially when asked specifically if he intended to send the replies he had made. There were inconsistent posts that invoked the name of State Police, Senator John Kennedy, President Joe Biden and a Federal Marshal he knew in an effort to stop people from entering Independence property. . These text exchanges began on August 30 and would continue until September 2, when the shelter was closed. Dean threatened that the feds had been alerted – he had a federal restraining order – and that the constitution’s fourth amendment (unreasonable search and seizure) had been violated.

On August 31, a representative from the Department of Health spoke to Dean on the phone. He allegedly started yelling at her, repeatedly asking her “Who sent you?!” When she refused to answer the question, she says he told her “Get off my property! Now!”

Dean also spoke on the phone with The Advocate | The Times-Picayune this week. The newspaper quotes Dean telling them on Tuesday “I usually lose two or three people a day, that passes. So four of the five who died were hospice patients, which, you know, are people who are on about to come out.”

The documents show that LDH sent inspectors to the establishment as soon as they learned of its opening. On August 28, they report only 23 residents with an expectation of getting 200. When they returned on August 30, there were 839 residents and the inspector reported that the facility was overcrowded, did not meet the requirements for space, smelled bad, had water intrusion, and trash was starting to pile up.

They returned on August 31 with even more state agency representatives. Residents said they hadn’t showered in days, lunch portions were deemed too small, few people wore masks as required, several residents were seen in diapers – or even naked – lying on mattresses at a few centimeters from each other. Evacuations would begin the next day.

Full transcript of the LDH text exchanged with Dean according to the documents filed following the license revocation (a few words edited by LDH):

Warning: explicit language

08/30/21 15:31

Mr. Dean, please call me about your residents at Independence. There are problems. It’s LDH

08/30/21 19:30

Hello who the fuck is this wrangler on air please text me oh my god text me in the air what a liar you are Someone told me you better watch it motherfucker from you

Oh my god so I stole my fucking phone

08/30/21

Hello Mr. Dean, did you intend to send these messages to anyone else? This phone belongs (deleted). Thank you

08/30/21

No, I better not get you off my (edited) you (edited) do you realize you’re in a conspiracy theory with the feds. Your (edited) is the grass mother (edited) sucker eating p**sy c*** sucker please let me know if you got my text?!?? Whoever it is, he might be drunk

08/30/21 21:04

Please reply if you will be doing Portsmouth and Boston and whoever else you like to do then if it appears your (edited) into anything, damn someone stole my phone (edited) whatever crazy (edited)

with me when i’m how do you fall for all these months and tell people what you do what’s the power of your right bottom eat some more (edited) that’s fine sonny let them (edited) in your face and your nose in your mouth oh wow text to the wrong person someone stole my god (edited) phone

Put that in your pipe and smoke it someone’s watching you right now and I don’t know who it is someone probably watching me what do you think I don’t care why you ‘m texting I didn’t know what about the hurricane is there a storm there was a lot of rain is this crazy wow I can’t say enough about everything you didn’t do OK and will i do i’m thinking of doing

Answer me now please ma’am I don’t know you see smelling the roses I like you but

01/09/21 09:26

Dear Secretary, I have been having problems with (edited) for almost 2 years now. She conspired with the town of Plaquemine to some 17 complaints from a lady she and her mother in the nursing home. She continues to harass me and threaten me with laws while I am on vacuolation with 900 people in independent Louisiana. She sent someone yesterday to inspect I have a Croatian center that does not fall within the standard payment criteria. I am the only owner operator in Louisiana that has an evaluation center. It’s a total of 90,000 feet and has been approved by the fire marshal on several occasions. I would like her to be fired immediately for the reasons I mentioned above. She is also named in a federal conspiracy trial in Louisiana Fifth District Court located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There are many other workers who are responsible for collection at my retirement home in Plaquemine. This is a major lawsuit with a total sound of over $200 million. Please note that I am fine and have several hundred million dollars to support me that are mine and currently in the bank. What kind of respect Bob G. Dean. PS I would like a written copy of his dismissal, this will happen immediately, this is conveyed to the Governor of Louisiana in the presence of US President Joe Biden. Please respond immediately I would like to know what your plans are momentarily

01/09/21 10:36

This is a restraining order you are now under a federal restraining order reply you were delivered and immediately call the state police you are going so far you can’t get out, do you understand answer

This is a restraining order you are now under a federal restraining order reply you were delivered and immediately call the state police you are going so far you can’t get out, do you understand answer

This is a restraining order you are now under a federal restraining order reply you were delivered and immediately call the state police you are going so far you can’t get out, do you understand answer

So you are aware. The office of john kennedy the us senator is calling everyone possible to keep you from bothering my covid free restaurants besides scaring off all my employees do you know the prejudice you are being called your own calls you are supposed to be in the field of health

Answer me now, can you hear me loud and clear lady

The more you don’t answer the culprit you are you know you’re wrong and you’ll go to court and have to explain to a jury in a federal judge what you did to me do you understand answer now

I would like to have a peaceful conversation with you are you available for a phone call madam please advise

The property now the Independence Day Evacuation Center is now under the supervision of the Federal Marshal if anyone comments on my private property they will go to a Federal Containment Zone

Respond please

I’ll give you an update (edited) now emergency preparedness is trying to save my – 850 restaurants in independent Louisiana M. (edited), trying to get in touch with the doctor if they set foot on my property is private a good friend of mine is a federal marshal they will be arrested please help me stop this horrible thing happening. I try to take care of all these people and bring them home.

Once again I’m so sorry to bother you Bob

02/09/21 09:30

Hello, I understand that you and others took my patients from the assessment center and violated the fourth amendment to the constitution of the United States. Family members and responsible parties need to know where each of the people whose names you illegally took and whether they are still alive or not. You can text it to my email address. The federal government is aware of any wrongdoing and will contact you promptly.

It was wrong and you know a lot of trouble ahead for everyone involved will probably go to spring court no doubt. I need this information. We also have photos of their people’s flight at no cost and our Covid test. Truly a holocaust

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02/09/21 14:52

They physically take my residents out of the building, they break their arms and legs, come on I really need a phone call, they hurt my people and they kill them.

Hello, I understand that you and others took my patients from the assessment center and violated the fourth amendment to the constitution of the United States. Family members and responsible parties need to know where each of the people whose names you illegally took and whether they are still alive or not. You can text it to my email address. The federal government is aware of any wrongdoing and will contact you promptly.

It was wrong and you know a lot of trouble ahead for everyone involved will probably go to spring court no doubt. I need this information. We also have photos of their people’s flight at no cost and our Covid test. Truly a holocaust

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