State AG wins case against Pierce County firm that provided bogus training to care workers

A Pierce County judge has ordered a business that provided bogus training programs to adult family care workers to pay $27,000 in restitution.

Superior Court Judge Ronald Culpepper also ordered Adult Family Home Service Center, owned and operated by Dennis and Jennifer Lalander, to gain prior approval from the state Department of Social and Health Services before trying to sell any more training packets.

That state Attorney General’s Office sued Adult Family Home Service Center in September 2014.

The agency alleged the Pierce County-based business sold unapproved training packages to as many as 700 adult family care workers, who must meet minimum continuing education requirements to keep their licenses.

Those workers later were forced to seek approved training at additional cost, the Attorney General’s Office reported in a statement Monday.

Culpepper also ordered the Lalanders to pay $17,550 in civil penalties for violating the Consumer Protection Act.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644