Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Sentencing of Former Christian County Caregiver

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, June 23, 2015  
Contact Information:  Leland Hulbert
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659
 


Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the sentencing of a former caregiver on a charge of wantonly abusing an adult at an intermediate care facility located in Christian County.  Today, 28-year-old Ashley Burchett of Princeton, Ky. was sentenced in Christian Circuit Court to three years in prison, which will be diverted for a period of three years. 

It was alleged that Burchett, while a caregiver at Outwood Intermediate Care Facility in Dawson Springs, abused a non-verbal resident with severe mental disabilities by pushing him into his wheelchair when he tried to stand up and by striking him in the head with a can of chewing tobacco.  Ms. Burchett entered a guilty plea in Christian Circuit Court on March 25, 2015.  

Attorney General Conway’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit investigated this case along with the Department of Community Based Services.  It was prosecuted by the Christian County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Lynn Pryor.

“I believe strongly that every patient in a nursing home, Medicaid facility, or personal care home deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and should be free from patient abuse, neglect or exploitation,” Attorney General Conway said.  “Instances of abuse will be investigated, and when appropriate, prosecuted.” 

Medicaid Recoveries

Attorney General Conway has investigated and prosecuted more abuse and neglect cases than any previous Kentucky Attorney General.  Since Attorney General Conway took office in January 2008, his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control has led or participated in actions which have recovered more than $300 million for state and federal-funded Medical programs. These cases range from lawsuits and settlements against pharmaceutical companies to cases against individual providers.

In 2012, 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 abuse is 1-877-228-7384.