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March 15, 2011

Attorney General Koster files felony charges against Marion County nurse’s aide

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster and Marion County Prosecuting Attorney Tom Redington on September 3, 2010, jointly charged Christopher James Mayo, 45, with the felony of “Abuse of a Person Receiving Health Care.” Associate Circuit Judge John Jackson found probable cause that on or about August 6, 2009, Mayo abused C.B., a Medicaid recipient, while employed as a nurse’s aide at Levering Regional Health Care Center in Hannibal. The complaint alleged that Mayo caused physical injury to C.B., a resident at Levering, by shoving C.B. to the floor, striking C.B. in the face with his hand, and dragging C.B. down a hallway by his shirt. Mayo is scheduled to be arraigned in Marion County Circuit Court on March 15, 2011. The investigation was led by Koster’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Department of Health and Senior Services.

“Abuse of a Person Receiving Health Care” is a class C felony. As in all criminal cases, the charges against the defendant are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.

The Attorney General strongly encourages citizens to report suspected Medicaid abuse and neglect to his Medicaid Fraud Hotline toll free at 800-286-3932, e-mail the complaint to attorney.general@ago.mo.gov or complete a complaint form at the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Website.



 
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