Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Announces Patient Abuse Guilty Plea And Jail Sentence of Former Oakwood Aide

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 19, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced today that Gary Mounce, age 45, a former patient aide for The Communities at Oakwood, has pled guilty to one count of patient abuse of a mentally retarded male resident of the Communities at Oakwood in Somerset, Kentucky. On August 30, 2004, Mounce struck the resident in the face and body with his fist.

After accepting the guilty plea, Circuit Judge David Tapp sentenced the defendant to serve 60 days in the Pulaski County jail, in addition to time he previously served  following his arrest.  Mounce was ordered to pay for the cost of his own incarceration.

As a further condition of his guilty plea, Mounce agreed never to seek, accept, or continue any employment that would involve direct patient care.

“I have zero tolerance for assaults on vulnerable adults and the elderly,” said Attorney General Greg Stumbo. “Abusers can count on being prosecuted and punished for such cowardly acts.”

The investigation by Attorney General Stumbo=s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Division was led by Kentucky Bureau of Investigation Agent William Stewart. The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Lettricea Jefferson-Webb and Assistant Attorney General Mary Cartwright.

Suspected Medicaid fraud or patient abuse can be reported by calling the Attorney General’s tip line at 1-877-ABUSE TIP (1-877-228-7384).