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Lake Worth sober home owner charged with patient brokering

The owner of a Lake Worth sober home was arrested in Broward County today on charges on patient brokering for allegedly accepting payments from a treatment center for each addict he enrolled in the center’s programs.

Alex Vandervert, owner of Saje House, received $3,335 from Whole Life Recovery for providing case management services to four residents living at Saje House, according to the arrest report.

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The illegal practice of treatment centers paying sober homes for enrolling residents in their treatment programs is known in the drug treatment industry as “case management” services.

Vandervert founded Saje House, 820 South L Street, in July 2015 and is the only corporate officers names in state corporate records. Saje House is not certified by the Florida Association of Recovery Residences, according to the group’s web site. FARR offers a voluntary certification that requires sober homes meet business and housing standards.

Vandervert is the ninth arrest by the Sober Home Task Force stemming from business practices at Whole Life Recovery, an outpatient treatment center in Boynton Beach. The owner and operator, James Kigar and Christopher Hutson, were arrested in October and charged with paying sober home owners and operators for their clients.

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