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Orange Assisted Living Center under State Investigation

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A historic hotel in downtown Orange, operating as an assisted living facility for decades, is now under state police investigation.

The President Madison Inn shuts its doors Tuesday, and everyone living under its roof has to go. The Virginia Department of Social Services requested a state police investigation into the facility's finances - and documentation from a recent inspection seems to show why. Inspectors reported in January the facility was cashing checks from former residents, and overcharging current residents.

In the 1960s and 1980s, Fred Sherman and his brother owned and operated the President Madison Inn as a hotel. 

"There was a reasonable amount of traffic on Route 15 at the time. People would stop and looking for a place to spend the night," Sherman said.

Sherman sold the property 30 years ago, as customer traffic dwindled. Since then, it has operated as an assisted living facility - but will close Tuesday. 

The building's current owner, Norm Jordan, said, "The residents are being relocated, and we're converting the property into an independent living community." 

Jordan says earlier this year, he made the decision to begin operating the property as a private, independent living facility - but the transition has been far from smooth.

Jordan maintains the facility has done nothing wrong. 

"The accounts are being reconciled, and we are making amends for any overcharges. We have one opinion and they have another, but we'll get to the bottom of it and get it resolved. There is no malice, obviously, intended I don't think by anybody's part," Jordan said. 

Jordan says he wasn't aware of a state police investigation into his facility, but says he is moving forward with plans to renovate and repurpose the building.

Meanwhile, state police say their investigation into the facility and its actions is ongoing.

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