Hearing Focuses On Retirement Community Finances

Follow the money trail. That’s the focus of a hearing in federal bankruptcy court over the future of Skyline retirement community at 72nd and Military in Omaha. Mike McKnight has been investigating the financial issues there and has a Fact Finders follow-up.

A recent inspection found skyline's 270 residents get good treatment but not vendors who supply them with essentials.
President of Skyline foundation Milond Cunningham says, " mismanagement and mis-spending of money."

Two former Skyline directors testified of "gross mismanagement" by the Indiana Corporation that owns the retirement community. One of them Katie Wray says, " It's a challenge day to day to get the services and supplies to take care of the residents because the money is not going back into Skyline."

A lender alleges most of the manor's money has been going to a company run by John Bartle. Leaving court Fact Finders asked him, " You want to comment on what was said in court? No answer.

Several of his relatives are on a board and receive thousand of dollars in fees and salaries while skyline gets unpaid bills.
The current director of Skyline testified she gets four delinquent payment notices a week from various vendors like food suppliers and even OPPD.

Bartle testified he's close to securing new financing for Skyline but members of a foundation for the retirement community say a trustee needs to manage it. One of them Grant Everett says, " We want Skyline to continue. We believe it serves the population well."

None of the lawyers at the bankruptcy hearing gave any indication Skyline is in jeopardy of closing. After a full day of testimony, a federal bankruptcy judge decided to appoint a trustee to run Skyline manor.

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