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For Immediate Release
July 21, 2004
Media Contact:
Kevin Enright 410-576-6357

FORMER NURSE CHARGED WITH ABUSE OF A VULNERABLE ADULT

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that a former geriatric nursing assistant of Mariner Health of Overlea (located at 6116 Belair Road) was charged with one count of second degree abuse of a vulnerable adult and one count of second degree assault in connection with an incident that occurred on December 29, 2003. Jacquetta Green, 31, of Wakefield Road in Baltimore was charged by criminal information. It is alleged that the incident occurred while she was on duty and responsible for the care of the victim who is a resident of the facility.

Second degree abuse of a vulnerable adult is a misdemeanor carrying a maximum of five years in jail and/or a fine of $5,000.00. Second degree assault is a misdemeanor and carrying a maximum of 10 years in jail and/or a fine of $2,500. A criminal information is an accusation and all persons are presumed innocent unless proven guilty. A trial date of August 13, 2004 has been set.

This case was investigated 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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