Attorney General Jack Conway and his Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit today announced the arraignment of a Powell County woman on one count of knowing exploitation of an adult over $300. Bobbie Creech, 30, was indicted by a Clark County grand jury on Dec. 11, 2014, and arrested on Jan. 9, 2015. She was arraigned this morning in Clark Circuit Court.
Creech is alleged to have exploited an adult under her guardianship by cashing the individual’s Social Security income checks, which were to be used for paying medical and living expenses at a Medicaid-funded facility, and keeping the money for her own personal use.
Knowing exploitation of an adult over $300 is a class C felony. If convicted, Creech faces a potential sentence of five to ten years in prison.
Attorney General Conway’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit investigated this case. It is being prosecuted by Clark County Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith. A pretrial conference in this case is scheduled for Feb. 12.
A charge is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit
Since Attorney General Conway took office in January 2008, his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control has recovered or been awarded more than $280 million for the state and federal Medicaid programs. These cases range from lawsuits and settlements against pharmaceutical companies to cases against individual providers.
In 2013, General Conway’s Medicaid Fraud Unit was named one of the most aggressive in the country by the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen.
The Attorney General’s tip line for reporting allegations of Medicaid fraud or suspected patient abuse and neglect is 1-877-228-7384.