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.
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.
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.
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:
1-866-486-1971 or (804) 786-1066
Department of Medical Assistance Services Recipient Audit Unit 600 East Broad Street Suite 1300
Richmond, Virginia 23219
By e-mail: MFCU_mail@oag.state.va.us