Owner of Baltimore City Assisted Living Facility
with Stealing from a Resident
BALTIMORE, MD (January 30, 2008) - Attorney General Douglas F.
Gansler announced today that James Edward Breakfield, 51, of Baltimore
City, was indicted by a circuit court grand jury in Baltimore City
with one count of Misappropriation by a Fiduciary and one count
of Felony Theft for allegedly stealing funds from a former resident
of a Baltimore City assisted living facility owned by Breakfield.
Misappropriation by a Fiduciary is a misdemeanor punishable by
not less than one year imprisonment and not exceeding five years.
Felony Theft is punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment and a
$25,000 fine. A criminal indictment is an accusation, and an individual
is presumed innocent unless the State proves him guilty beyond
a reasonable doubt.
This case is being
prosecuted by Attorney General Gansler’s
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit based on a referral from the Baltimore
City Commission on Aging and Retirement Education Long Term Care
Ombudsman Program. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has authority
to prosecute abuse and neglect of vulnerable persons, including
financial exploitation that occurs in assisted living homes, nursing
homes and group homes throughout the State of Maryland.