Former Caregiver Pleads Guilty to Striking Mentally Disabled Man


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 9, 1999

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran., Jr. announced today that a former caregiver at the Prince George's County Association for Retarded Citizens has pleaded guilty for striking a mentally disabled man three times with a broom.

Annabell Ferguson, 36, of the 7200 block of Landover Road pleaded guilty to one count of abuse of a vulnerable adult. Prince George's County Judge Michael P. Whalen sentenced Ferguson to probation before judgment unsupervised probation for 18 months, and 50 hours community service. Judge Whalen also ordered that Ferguson not work in the direct care field and that she not care for vulnerable adults for three years.

This case was prosecuted by Attorney General Curran's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which has authority to investiagate and prosecute abuse of vulnerable adults that occurs in facilities that receive Medicaid funds.


For Further Information Contact:
Frank Mann
Special Assistant to the Attorney General
(410) 576-6357