Carroll County Caregiver Charged with Abuse of
MD (January 27, 2009) - Attorney General
Douglas F. Gansler announced today that former caregiver Colin
Lee Gambill, 24, of the 10000 block of Old Liberty Road in Frederick
was indicted by a Carroll County Circuit Court Grand Jury with
Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult and Criminal Interference with the
Rights of Individuals. The charges concern the treatment he provided
to two vulnerable adult victims in his care at a group home operated
by the ARC of Carroll County.
Gambill was a paid assistant residential advisor, caring for two
developmentally disabled men who resided at a group home in Westminster.
The six-count Indictment alleges that over the course of an eight-month
period, from November, 2007 through June, 2008, Gambill abused
the vulnerable adult victims who lacked the physical and mental
capacity to provide for their own needs.
Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult is a Misdemeanor punishable by up
to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Interference with the
Rights of Individuals is also a Misdemeanor punishable by up to
two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. A Criminal Indictment is
but an accusation and all persons are innocent unless proven guilty
beyond a reasonable doubt. Gambill remains free on a $10,000 bond.
A court appearance has not yet been scheduled.
This case was investigated
by Attorney General Gansler’s
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which has authority to investigate
and prosecute abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults in facilities
that receive Medicaid funds, in group homes that provide services
to the developmentally disabled, and in Assisted Living Facilities
across the State of Maryland.