The Courier-Journal reports that a 41-year-old former nurse of the Cumberland Valley Manor Nursing Home in Burkesville, Kentucky has been indicted on charges of theft of a controlled substance and neglect of an adult. The neglect charge stems from incidents that took place between May and November of 2010. The former nursing home worker allegedly replaced and retained the medication of 10 adult residents while she was a caretaker at the facility, thus depriving the residents of their needed medication. The indictment for the theft charge arose from incidents in which the 41-year-old is accused of taking hydrocodone pills from the residents.
In total, a grand jury indicted the former caretaker on 11 counts of neglect and 11 counts of theft following an official investigation by the Burkesville Police Department and General Conway’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control. If the former nursing home worker is convicted, the penalties will be severe. For each count of neglect, the crime is considered a felony which carries with it a possible prison sentence of five to 10 years. For the theft of a controlled substance, the charge is also considered a felony, which carries with it a potential prison sentence of one to five years.
If you suspect your elderly loved one may be the victim of abuse or neglect, it is imperative you report the problem to the appropriate authorities and also seek legal representation from a skilled Louisville nursing home abuse attorney to ensure your love one’s rights are protected. Attorney Tad Thomas is an active member of The Kentucky Justice Association, which was established in 1954 to advocate for victims and consumers, and is thoroughly committed to seeking justice for clients who have suffered injuries at the hands of others.