McCreary County man convicted for wanton abuse of vulnerable adult

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced May 21 that an investigation and prosecution by the Medicaid Fraud Unit led to the conviction of Daniel L. Wright II, 39 of Stearns, Kentucky, for wanton abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult.

While working in May 2019 at a residential facility that serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Wright repeatedly kicked and severely injured a vulnerable adult. Following the incident, he tried to convince other staff to help him conceal the abuse.

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“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 Díanna 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. He pleaded guilty last month to wanton abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult. Wright was sentenced to five years in state prison by Judge John T. Prather Jr.

Wright 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 ag.ky.gov/Medicaidfraud or call the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Hotline at 1-877-ABUSE TIP (1-877-228-7384).