November 15, 2006
BALTIMORE COUNTY COUNSELOR CHARGED WITH ABUSING A
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that charges were filed against Karen Ashimi, a former residential
house counselor at a group home run by the Linwood Center in Columbia,
Maryland. Ashimi, of the 2400 block of Bridgehampton Drive in Parkville,
was charged by criminal information in the Circuit Court for Howard
County with Second Degree Abuse of a Vulnerable Person, Second
Degree Neglect of a Vulnerable Person and Second Degree Assault
for an incident that occurred on March 10, 2006 where she was caring
for a developmentally disabled man.
Second Degree Abuse and Neglect of a Vulnerable Person are both
misdemeanors punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000
fine. Second Degree Assault is a misdemeanor punishable by up to
10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine. A criminal information is
an accusation and all persons are presumed innocent unless proven
The case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit, which has the authority to prosecute abuse
or neglect of vulnerable adults in Medicaid-funded facilities.
The matter was referred to the Attorney General’s Office
from the Maryland Disability Law Center.