Voice Staff Report
Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on May 21, 2021 that an investigation and prosecution by the Medicaid Fraud Unit has led to the conviction of Daniel L. Wright, 39 of Stearns, KY. Wright was sentenced to five years in prison for abusing a vulnerable adult.
In May, 2019 Wright was working at a residential facility in Somerset, KY that serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While working Wright repeatedly kicked and severely injured a vulnerable adult. Following the incident, he tried to convince other staff to help him conceal the abuse.
“Kentuckians trust residential facility staff to provide proper care for their loved ones, and it is our job to hold accountable those who abuse, neglect and exploit our most vulnerable, said Attorney General Cameron. “I am grateful to our Medicaid Fraud Unit Detective Eric Long, prosecutors Dianna Y.L. Miller and Michael Brophy, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for their work in this case.”
Wright was indicted on November 6, 2019 in Pulaski County Circuit Court for knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult and was to stand trial earlier this month but pled guilty in April. Wright was sentenced to five years in state prison by Circuit Judge John G. Prather Jr. and will be placed on the Caregiver Misconduct Registry, which is administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
To file a Medicaid fraud or abuse complaint, visit af.ky.gov/Medicaidfraud or call the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Hotline at 1-877-ABUSE TIP (1-877-228-7384).