Office of the Attorney General
Four Arrested Following Disability Fraud Investigation in Laurel County

Press Release Date:  Thursday, April 19, 2012  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the arrest of four people following an investigation by the new Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Unit. The unit was created in September of 2011 through a joint partnership between the Attorney General's Office, Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to combat and detect fraud in federal disability benefit programs.

On April 13, 2012 investigators from the Attorney General's office and SSA's Office of Inspector General arrested 44-year-old Barbara Sands, 47-year-old Versie Partain, and their two daughters, 24-year-old Amy Partain and 21-year-old Melinda Partain on one count each of possession of a forged instrument, identity theft and theft of a U.S. Treasury check over $500.

The defendants, all of London, Ky., were arrested following the execution of a search warrant on April 12 at their Laurel County residence. All four entered not guilty pleas at their arraignment in Laurel District Court earlier this week.

The charges are the result of an investigation that began on January 12, 2012 based on information provided by the Corbin, Ky. SSA office. SSA reported suspected fraud during a continuing disability review of Barbara Sands. During the course of the investigation, Eric Partain, son of Sands and Versie Partain, died on March 29, 2012. On March 30, 2012, Sands, Amy Partain and Melinda Partain allegedly forged and cashed a Supplemental Security Income check issued to Eric Partain, which he was not entitled to receive after his death.

Prosecution of this case is being handled by the office of Jackie Steele, Commonwealth's Attorney for the 27th Judicial Circuit representing Laurel and Knox counties.