NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


January 4, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR AUTISTIC CHILDREN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CHARGED WITH MEDICAID FRAUD

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that Nancy A. Rosen, Executive Director of the American Foundation for Autistic Children, was charged with one count of Medicaid Health Plan Fraud. Rosen, 49, of the 8900 block of Greensboro Drive in McLean, Virginia is alleged to have submitted false receipts to the state in an attempt to justify $35,000 worth of checks that she wrote to herself on the American Foundation for Autistic Children's operating account. The American Foundation for Autistic Children is a non-profit organization established in 1967 to provide services to developmentally disabled children and adults.

The case is being prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Maryland Attorney General's Office. While an indictment is only an accusation and all persons are presumed innocent unless proven guilty, a charge of Medicaid Health Plan Fraud is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of three years in prison, and/or a $50,000 fine.

An arraignment date has been set for March 23, 2001.

###