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For Immediate Release
July 10, 2003
Contact: Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
scaine@oag.state.md.us

FORMER COUNSELOR CHARGED WITH NEGLECT,
RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT

J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a former residential counselor at Creative Options, Inc. was charged with three counts of neglect of a vulnerable adult and three counts of reckless endangerment for an incident that occurred in July 2002 when he left three developmentally disabled adults who were in his care unattended for almost 12 hours.

Joel William Owitti, 27, of Teakwood Court in Baltimore was charged with three counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of neglect of a vulnerable adult. Reckless endangerment is a misdemeanor carrying a maximum of five years in jail and/or a fine of $5,000.00. Intentional neglect of a vulnerable adult is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of five years in jail and/or a fine of $10,000.00.

A criminal information is an accusation, and all persons are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

This case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which has authority to prosecute abuse or neglect of vulnerable persons in facilities that receive Medicaid funds.

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