BY JEFF CLARK
A Saltillo man who operates an assisted living facility in Columbus was arrested Thurs., July 18.
Dennis “Denny” Nooner Jr, of 198 Knight Drive, Saltillo, was arrested by deputies with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office and charged with felony false pretense and driving with a suspended license. According to http://homeplacecolumbusms.com, Nooner is listed as the owner of the assisted living facility, Home Place, located at 208 Yorkville Road E. in Columbus.
The website for Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman shows Nooner as an officer for Columbus Home Place and Dogwood Home Place Assisted Living, LLC in Saltillo. Home Place in Columbus is listed as a dissolved LLC and Dogwood Home Place is listed as intent to dissolve the limited liability corporation.
According to a spokesperson for the LCSO, Nooner was arrested for writing a fraudulent check in 2011 for $6,000. The check was written to Merchants Foodservice on an account at Renasant Bank.
Nooner was indicted November 1, 2012, by the Lowndes County Grand Jury for false pretense. Nooner was arrested in Lee County and extradited to Columbus where was booked into the Lowndes County Adult Detention Center. Nooner, 52, was released on a $5,000 bond.
Thursday’s arrest is the latest in series of financial troubles for Nooner. In August, 2012, Nooner was indicted in US District Court for the Western District of Arkansas for tax evasion on Home Place in Columbus and Dogwood Home Place in Saltillo, which serves as Nooner’s Mississippi home address.
According to the indictment, Nooner failed to pay more than $400,000 in payroll taxes, including FICA (Federal Insurance Contributions Act) taxes, although the taxes were withheld from the employee’s checks.
Before the indictment was delivered, Michael Mills, judge for the US Northern District Court in Aberdeen, ordered Nooner to surrender tax and financial documents to the IRS. The enforced summons occurred in March 2012. Nooner was arrested for the indictment in September 2012 in Washington County, Ark. His address at the time of his arrest was Winston-Salem, NC.
Nooner was listed as the general manager of Home Place in Spartanburg, SC when it was fined $2,500 for health code violations in 2001.
While reports of unpaid utility bills to power provider 4-County Electric Power Association and other debts continue to surround Nooner and the assisted living facility, The Packet has learned that the Home Place property is under foreclosure. Documents from the Lowndes County Chancery Clerk’s office show LPP Mortgage, a Plano, Texas-based LLC, holds the deed to the property.
A former nurse with the facility, who asked to remain anonymous, painted a grim picture of the personal care home’s finances.
“I was always worried about our payroll checks bouncing when I worked there,” said the source. “We weren’t able to pay the food vendors. It was horrible. I don’t see how it’s still operational. I don’t think the facility is licensed.”
A source close to the home said it had received a Certificate of Need (CON) through the state, but there had been a “world of problems with Home Place.”