Thursday, December 15, 2005
Attorney General Abbott's Medicaid Fraud Officers Get Indictments Against Two In Bell CountyBELTON - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit has won grand jury indictments against two Bell County nursing home employees – one a residential director and the other a licensed vocational nurse.
Regina D. Bradley, 53, former director of Trenton Community Home in Temple, has been indicted on a state jail felony charge of misapplication of fiduciary property as a result of her scheme to purchase merchandise for residents, then pocket the money without delivering the merchandise. She also allegedly committed forgery to gain access to trust funds.
Kathryn Leigh Williams, 36, a nurse at the Rosewood Retirement and Assisted Living Community in Killeen, has been charged in the indictment with obtaining a controlled substance, hydrocodone, by fraud.
“My investigators will tirelessly pursue those who not only defraud the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program, but prey on the neediest among us,” said Attorney General Abbott. “It is imperative that we bring such individuals to justice.”
Bradley was arrested at her residence on Nov. 9 in Fort Bend County by Medicaid Fraud officers. Investigators confirmed she took money or checks from Trenton Home residents, purported to purchase gifts or merchandise for them, but never actually delivered these items. Investigators also uncovered several incidences of checks she forged and her illegal access to residents’ trust fund checks, for a total of more than $20,000 in theft and misapplied funds.
Williams, a resident of Copperas Cove, ran a scheme at Rosewood to divert hydrocodone, a prescription painkiller, to her personal use by falsifying records that track dispensation of drugs to residents. She was arrested at her residence on July 13.
The two defendants will be tried through the office of Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza. Williams will be prosecuted by Bell County Assistant District Attorney David Eakin, and Bradley will face Assistant District Attorney Cindy Franklin.
To obtain more information about the Attorney General’s efforts to fight Medicaid fraud, access the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.