Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Indictments of Former Letcher County Personal Care Home Director and Board Chair
Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the arrest of a former Letcher County personal care home director on a 74-count indictment for allegedly stealing federal and state funds totaling nearly $500,000. The money was to be used for the care of disabled residents at the Golden Years Rest Home in Jenkins, Ky.
A Letcher County grand jury indicted 68-year-old James F. "Chum" Tackett, administrator of the Golden Years Rest Home, on April 15, 2010 on 66 counts of theft by failure to make required disposition over $500, a Class D felony. Tackett also faces one count of theft by failure to make required disposition of property over $10,000, one count of theft by deception over $10,000 and five counts of knowing exploitation of an adult over $300, all Class C felonies. Additionally, he is charged with one count of theft by failure to make required disposition under $500, a Class A misdemeanor. The corporation, Letcher Co. Golden Years Rest Home, Inc., is named in each of the counts as a co-defendant, on grounds that the crimes were committed or wantonly tolerated by a "high managerial agent," or the board of directors.
The grand jury also indicted Tackett's daughter, 42-year-old Kimberly Price of Booneville, Ky., on one count of complicity to theft by failure to make required disposition of property over $10,000, three counts of complicity to theft by failure to make required disposition over $500 and two counts of complicity to knowing exploitation of an adult over $300. Price served as chairperson of the board of directors at Golden Years Rest Home.
The Letcher County Sheriff's department arrested Tackett in Jenkins on April 21, 2010 and he was lodged in the Letcher County Detention Center on $500,000 cash bond. Price was arrested on April 23, 2010 by the Owsley County Sheriff and released upon posting a $25,000 bond.
The indictment and arrest of Tackett and Price follow a nearly seven-month investigation by General Conway's Department of Criminal Investigations. The case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office of Special Prosecutions at the request of the Letcher County Commonwealth's Attorney.
The charges against Tackett stem from his involvement with the Letcher County Golden Years Rest Home between 2003 and 2010 and allege ongoing theft of federal and state funds totaling nearly $500,000 intended for the care of disabled residents. The charges against Price stem from her involvement in the rest home corporation in 2009. The charges carry a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $100,000 or double the gain on each defendant.
A charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
James F. Tackett, 68