Beshear: Former Hazard Caregiver Sentenced for Abusing, Neglecting Adult

General Andy Beshear and his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse today announced the sentencing of a former caregiver on abuse charges of a vulnerable Kentuckian at a Hazard mental and physical disability facility in 2016.

Penny Caudill, 43, of Hazard, was sentenced Thursday, Feb. 28, in Perry Circuit Court after pleading guilty to one count of wanton abuse or neglect of an adult, a Class D felony, as a result of an incident that occurred on or about Sept. 29, 2016.

She received three years diverted for a period of three years and is listed on the Kentucky Caregiver Misconduct Registry.

Caudill, acting as a caregiver, observed the injury of an individual but she failed to arrange for professional medical treatment or prepare an incident report, according to court documents.

According to court documents, John Hundley, 42, of Hazard, dragged a vulnerable Kentuckian who was participating in adult day training at the Hazard facility across the floor and out onto the front porch of the building.

As a result, the individual suffered significant injuries.

Hundley and Caudill were placed on leave during the investigation and no longer work at the facility.

Caudill’s plea was an Alford plea, which allows a defendant to plead guilty even while unable or unwilling to admit guilt. Hundley was sentenced Nov. 19, 2018, to three years probated for five years and is listed on the Kentucky Caregiver Misconduct Registry.

“We must hold accountable anyone who victimizes our most vulnerable citizens, especially those who families trust with the care of their loved ones,” Beshear said. “These two individuals will now be flagged on our state registry as well as on probation so they can never harm another Kentuckian.”

The Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse in the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, and Cabinet for Health and Family Services Department for Community Based Services, Adult Protective Services handled the investigation, and Beshear’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse is prosecuting the case.

The Attorney General’s tip line for reporting allegations of Medicaid provider fraud is 502-696-5405.

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