October 25, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
CHARGES CAREGIVER WITH ABUSING
VULNERABLE, DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED ADULTS
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Elizabeth Ann
Smith a caregiver formerly employed at Progress Unlimited, Inc.
has been charged by Criminal Information with three counts of abuse
of a vulnerable adult and one count of reckless endangerment for
several abuses that occurred in March 2002 while she was employed
as a caregiver for two developmentally disabled individuals. Smith,
57, of the 6100 block of Alta Drive in Baltimore was employed as
a house manager and was assigned to care for a group of developmentally
of a vulnerable adult is a misdemeanor punishable by up to five
years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine. Reckless endangerment is a
misdemeanor punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $5,000
fine. An application for statement of charges is an accusation,
and all persons are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
case was prosecuted by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control
Unit, which has authority to prosecute abuse or neglect in facilities
that receive Medicaid funds.