May 21, 2004
LIVING FACILITY OWNER CHARGED WITH ABUSE
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Thomas
C. Williams, a former owner of an assisted living facility located
in Baltimore County was charged with one count of abuse of a
vulnerable adult and one count of second degree assault for an
assault that occurred on December 17, 2003.
Curran’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit had
previously prosecuted Williams in March of this year for leaving
two developmentally disabled men, who were in his care, alone and
unsupervised for almost four hours during a record-setting blizzard
in February of 2003. Williams, 36, of the 1100 block of Bonaparte
Avenue in Baltimore, is currently serving eight months in the Baltimore
County Detention Center for neglecting those vulnerable adults.
Abuse of vulnerable adults by care givers is a misdemeanor punishable
by a maximum sentence of five years in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.
Second degree assault is a misdemeanor punishable by not more than
10 years in prison and/or not more than a $2,500 fine. A criminal
information is an accusation, and all persons are presumed innocent
unless proven guilty.
The case is
being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit, which has authority to prosecute abuse or neglect
of vulnerable adults in Medicaid-funded facilities and assisted