Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Arraignment of Former Caregiver in Montgomery County
Attorney General Jack Conway and his Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit today announced the indictment and arraignment of a former caregiver charged with wanton neglect of a vulnerable adult. Sandy Gibson, 37, of Winchester, Ky., was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury on Feb. 13. She was arraigned this afternoon in Montgomery Circuit Court.
Gibson worked as a caregiver at a Community Alternatives of Kentucky residential care facility located in Mount Sterling. According to the indictment, on Dec. 31, 2013, Gibson left a 68-year-old mentally disabled resident alone while she was eating. The resident's care plan required that she be supervised during meals. While eating, the resident choked and had to be taken to the hospital. She died a week later at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. The indictment does not allege that the resident's death was a direct result of the choking incident.
Attorney General Conway's Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit investigated this case. It is being prosecuted by Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney Ronnie Goldy.
Wanton neglect of a vulnerable adult is a class D felony. If convicted, Gibson faces a potential sentence of one to five years in prison.
A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
MEDICAID FRAUD AND ABUSE CONTROL UNIT
Since Attorney General Conway took office in January 2008, his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control has recovered or been awarded more than $280 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 or suspected patient abuse and neglect is 1-877-228-7384.