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February 12, 2013

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Washington woman arrested in elder abuse case

JASPER – Six people, including a Washington woman, were arrested Monday after a lengthy investigation by the Indiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit into alleged abuse of a nursing home resident in Jasper.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed in Dubois County Circuit Court, the Attorney General’s Office received a complaint about possible abuse of a resident at the Providence Home Health Care Center in Jasper. Investigators with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit gathered evidence on six employees who had allegedly battered and neglected an endangered adult who was a resident at the home.

The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit worked with Indiana State Police and the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office and, upon review of the evidence, arrest warrants were pursued. ISP Sergeant Mark Green sought the warrants and the Dubois County Circuit Court found probable cause for the charges, issuing the arrest warrants.

On Monday, officers from the Indiana State Police, the Jasper City Police Department, the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office served the warrants. Tonya N. Sanders, 32, Loogootee; Blaine T. Ballard, 33, Jasper; and Casey M. Hill, 28, and Wendy M. Sutherlin, 28, both of Taswell, were charged with battery and neglect, Class D felonies, and intimidation, a Class A misdemeanor.

Sheryl A. Rockett, 52, Washington, and Katrina L. Patterson, 40, Jasper, were charged with failure to report battery and neglect or exploitation of an endangered adult, Class B misdemeanors.

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