Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Indictment of 9 for Alleged Abuse at Adult-Care Facility
Attorney General Jack Conway today announced that nine individuals have been indicted in connection with a pattern of abusive behavior against different adult residents of Community Presence, Inc., an adult-care facility located in Carter County.
Each of the individuals is charged with abuse of an adult, unlawful imprisonment, and wanton endangerment in the first degree. Each of the defendants could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Investigators with the Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Division initiated an investigation in cooperation with the Grayson Police Department after the suspicious death of a resident at Community Presence. In addition to charges relating to the resident’s death, the investigation uncovered a dangerous pattern of abuse endangering the lives of various residents at the facility.
The following individuals have been arrested:
- Earl Pelfrey, 29
- Glada Miller, 28
- Regina Stevens, 33
- Todd Gribbin, 38
- Ira Griffith, 27
- Karl King, 45
- Matthew Wilburn, 22
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Michael Yates, 37, and Robert Thompson, 52, have been indicted and are currently negotiating terms to turn themselves in to investigators.
The individuals will be arraigned on August 4, 2008 before the Carter County Circuit Court.
In January, the same Grand Jury indicted Brandon Starostka and Matthew Bortles on manslaughter charges after the death of Michael Price at the adult-care facility last year. That case is currently being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Division, in cooperation with Carter County Commonwealth’s Attorney David Flatt.
The investigation continues and additional indictments are likely.
Citizens are urged to report suspected fraud or elder abuse by calling the Attorney General’s tip line at 1-877-ABUSE TIP (1-877-228-7384).