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For Immediate Release:  
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June 15, 2005

Office of The Attorney General
- Peter C. Harvey, Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
- Vaughn L. McKoy, Director
Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor
- Greta Gooden Brown, Insurance Fraud Prosecutor

 

Rachel Sacharow
609-984-1936

 

Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Charges Atlantic County Nurse Assistant with Assault

TRENTON - Division of Criminal Justice Director Vaughn L. McKoy announced that the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor has obtained an indictment charging an Atlantic County Nurse Assistant with assaulting an elderly nursing home patient.

According to Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Greta Gooden-Brown, Chanel McRae, 27, Railroad Boulevard, Richland, Atlantic County, was charged with aggravated assault (4th degree). If convicted, McRae faces up to 18 months in state prison and a criminal fine of up to $10,000. The indictment will be referred to the Department of Health and Senior Services, which certifies Nurses’ Assistants, for appropriate action with regard to McRae’s Nurse Assistant certificate. McRae will be ordered to appear in Atlantic County Superior Court for arraignment and bail on a date to be determined by the Court.

The June 8 Atlantic County Grand Jury indictment alleges that on April 10, 2004, while employed as a Nurse’s Assistant at the Absecon Manor Long Term Care Facility and Rehabilitation Center, McRae struck the elderly patient several times.

State Investigator Christine Barclay and Deputy Attorney General William Hoyman were assigned to the investigation. DAG Hoyman represented the Division of Criminal Justice - Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor before the Atlantic County Grand Jury. The Medicaid Program, which is funded by the state and federal governments, provides health care services and prescription drugs to persons who may not otherwise be able to afford such services and medicines.

An indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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