The TRIAD program is a cooperative effort between law enforcement and senior citizen agencies designed to prevent crime against the elderly. In recent years, there has been a large increase in crimes against senior citizens nationwide. A large amount of this increase has stemmed from an abundance of scams and other fraudulent schemes. The TRIAD program seeks to provide the education and resources necessary for communities to effectively stop these crimes. Other key members in the Page County TRIAD program include the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, the American Association of Retired Persons, the Page County Commonwealth's Attorney office, and the Luray, Stanley, and Shenandoah Police Departments.

Important Phone Numbers

Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging: (800) 883-4122
Page County Senior Center: (540) 778-1100
Adult Protective Services: (540) 743-6568:
Alzheimer's Association (Central & Western VA Chapter): (866) 568-6454

The 15th Annual Page County TRIAD Community Awareness and Crime Prevention Conference

Date: May 14, 2015
Registration Time: 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Conference Begins: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Rileyville Baptist Church


Lon Kieffer, DOC-"The Caregiver Dilemma"

Amber Nightingale-"We Need to Talk: Difficult Conversations Around Driving"

Major Jason A. Pettit-Scams/Crimes Update


Page County Social Services
Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging
Valley Care Management
Page County Sheriff's Office
Choices, Inc.
Page County AARP
Senior Navigator
Shifflett Insurance Services, Ltd.
Roberts Home Medical
Farmers and Merchant Bank
Modern Woodmen of America
Valley Health Page Memorial Hospital
Valley Eye Clinic

The 14th Annual Page County TRIAD Community Awareness and Crime Prevention Conference

What a great turnout at the 14th Annual Page County TRIAD Community Awareness & Crime Prevention Conference! Approximately 140 people attended this event! Special thank you to our guest speakers, vendors, and Rileyville Baptist Church for the delicious meal!! Planning is already underway for next year!

The 14th Annual Page County TRIAD Community Awareness & Crime Prevention Conference will be held on May 1, 2014 at 9:30am – 1:00pm (registration begins at 9:00am) at Rileyville Baptist Church in Rileyville. The conference and lunch are free to all seniors in Page County. Learn about current scams through law enforcement and banking and end of life decision making.

The 13th Annual Page County TRIAD Community Awareness and Crime Prevention Conference

The Page County SALT Council will be hosting their "13th Annual TRIAD Community Awareness and Crime Prevention Conference". The conference will be held on May 9, 2013 at the Rileyville Baptist Church, 7044 US Hwy. 340 N., Rilyeville, VA 22650.

The entire event including refreshments and lunch is free to all seniors. Registration for the conference is between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on May 9, 2013 and the program will bein at 9:30 a.m.

This years conference is being funded by the Page County Sheriff's Office and local funds raised by the Page County SALT Council. A free lunch will be provided by the Rilyeville Baptish Church, 7044 US Hwy. 340 N., Rileyville, VA 22650. Donations will be accepted for lunch.

Virginia Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit


This was MFCU’s first trial and conviction of a case involving abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult resulting in death. Richard C. Wagoner, Jr. was found guilty by a Martinsville jury of abuse or neglect of 57-year-old Joe Tuggle who lived in an adult group home in Martinsville that was owned by Mr. Wagoner. Mr. Tuggle was an intellectually disabled adult suffering from Parkinson’s disease. After Mr. Tuggle experienced an unfortunate epi-sode of incontinence in the group home, his direct caregivers placed him in a bathroom while they proceeded to clean the affected area of the house, during which time Mr. Tuggle found himself in a bathtub under a running faucet of scalding hot water. According to testimony, Mr. Tuggle died ten days after he was scalded in the bathtub and suffered second and third degree burns on 25-30 percent of his body. Mr. Tuggle was treated at the home. The treatment included application of cold compresses, ointment and first aid cream. Mr. Tuggle’s autopsy showed that he died from sepsis and pneumonia secondary to thermal injury. Prosecutors were able to show that Mr. Tuggle died because he did not receive medical care for the burn inju-ries. Early in the trial, staff members testified that they had placed Mr. Tuggle in a van to transport him to the hospital but that Mr. Wagoner said that he wanted to see Mr. Tuggle first and had him returned to the group home. Then, according to staff members, Mr. Wagoner decided that Mr. Tuggle would be treated at the home and not transported to the hospital.


Prosecutors David Tooker and Kevin Nunnally argued this case on behalf of the Commonwealth. The trial lasted four days and then went to the jury. It took the jury a little more than three hours to find Richard Wagoner guilty of abuse or neglect of an incapacitated man that resulted in the man’s death in violation of Va Code Ann. § 18.2-369. The jury recommended that Wagoner be sentenced to five years’ incarceration. Violations of § 18.2-369 that result in death are Class 3 felonies, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The Judge sentenced Wagoner to the five year term of imprisonment recommended by the jury, but then suspended the five year term upon the following conditions: one year supervised probation, and upon completion of probation, ten years good behavior. Wagoner has appealed the conviction. The Office of the Attorney General will vigorously defend the verdict on appeal.

What can you do if you suspect fraud by a Medicaid recipient?

Please contact the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS).

Recipient fraud may include:

· the deliberate failure to report income or to disclose resources
· unreported change in household member composition
· uncompensated asset transfer
· Medicaid card sharing, prescrip-tion fraud and drug Diversion

Non-fraud examples are:

· eligibility errors due to recipient misunderstanding
· agency errors
· when Medicaid covered services continue during the appeal procoess and the agency’s cancellation action is upheld
· when the investigation confirms that an individual received Medi-caid services fraudulently, the claims paid on the recipient’s behalf are determined and the over-payment amount is identified. Recipient fraud cases may be prose-cuted by the local Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office or in Federal court when joint investigations are involved.

The MFCU is statutorily prohibited from investigating Medicaid recipient fraud.

To report recipient fraud, contact DMAS:

By telephone:
1-866-486-1971 or (804) 786-1066

By mail:
Department of Medical Assistance Services Recipient Audit Unit 600 East Broad Street Suite 1300
Richmond, Virginia 23219

By e-mail:

Contact Information

Corporal Stephen Owens
(540) 743-6571 ext. 3382
(540) 743-1252 (fax)