Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Guilty Plea of Former Frankfort Caregiver

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, June 09, 2015  
Contact Information:  Leland Hulbert
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659
 


Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the plea of guilty of a former caregiver on five counts of sodomy in the third-degree and four counts of sexual abuse in the first-degree in Franklin County, Ky.  This morning, 23-year-old Damon J. Heath of Frankfort entered a guilty plea in Franklin Circuit Court.  As part of the plea agreement, the defendant will agree to serve 15 years in prison.  Heath is scheduled to be sentenced on July 24, at 2:00 p.m. in Franklin Circuit Court.

Damon Heath worked as a caregiver at Community Choices Unlimited, which manages a group of Frankfort-area facilities that care for intellectually disabled adults.  Heath admitted to investigators that he engaged in sexual conduct with two victims on multiple occasions at various locations in Franklin County from April 2013 until January 2015.  First-degree sexual abuse and third-degree sodomy are Class D felonies.

For a photo of Mr. Heath, please visit: https://goo.gl/OjIJT6

Attorney General Conway’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit investigated this case after a referral from the Department of Community Based Services.  There are four other employees of Community Choices Unlimited charged with felony wanton neglect and misdemeanor failure to report abuse.  Louis Dewayne Milligan, Randy Ricardo Driver, Tammy D. Humphrey, and Toshia J. Redding are scheduled to be arraigned in Franklin Circuit Court on June 19, at 9 a.m.  These five defendants are all being prosecuted by Franklin County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Larry Cleveland. 

“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.