Office of the Attorney General
AG Conway Announces Indictment & Arraignment of Former Caregiver
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Attorney General Jack Conway and his Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit today announced the indictment and arraignment of a Princeton, Ky., woman on one count of knowing abuse or neglect of an adult. Ashley Burchett, 27, was indicted by a Christian County grand jury on Oct. 17. Burchett pleaded not guilty during her arraignment hearing this morning in Christian Circuit Court.
Burchett worked as a caregiver at Outwood in Dawson Springs, Ky. According to the indictment, on or about May 11, 2014, Burchett is alleged to have abused a nonverbal resident with severe mental disabilities by pushing him into his wheelchair when he tried to stand up. Burchett is also accused of striking the resident in the head with a can of chewing tobacco.
A pretrial conference in this case has been scheduled for Jan. 14, 2015. If convicted, Burchett faces a potential sentence of five to 10 years in prison.
Attorney General Conway’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit investigated this case. It is being prosecuted by Christian County Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor.
Knowing abuse or neglect of an adult is a class C felony. A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Since Attorney General Conway took office in January 2008, his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control has recovered or been awarded more than $260 million for the state and federal Medicaid programs. These cases range from lawsuits and settlements against pharmaceutical companies to cases against individual providers.
In 2013, General Conway’s Medicaid Fraud Unit was named one of the most aggressive in the country by the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen.
The Attorney General’s tip line for reporting allegations of Medicaid fraud is 1-877-228-7384.