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Monday, May 12, 2014
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Former Employee of Day Treatment Program
Found Guilty of Criminal Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult
Defendant Made Malicious Statements Toward Person in Her Care
WASHINGTON - Ivy Fauntroy, 34, a former employee of United Cerebral Palsy of Washington & Northern Virginia, a District of Columbia day services provider for individuals with developmental disabilities, has been found guilty and been sentenced for criminal abuse of a vulnerable person in her care, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr. and District of Columbia Inspector General Charles J. Willoughby announced today.
Fauntroy, of Washington, D.C., was found guilty on May 8, 2014, of one count of criminal abuse of a vulnerable adult. The Honorable Yvonne M. Williams found her guilty following a trial in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Judge Williams sentenced Fauntroy on the day of her verdict to a 60-day jail term, but suspended the time provided that Fauntroy successfully completes nine months of probation.
According to the government’s evidence, on Jan. 4, 2013, the adult victim attended a day treatment program for developmentally disabled persons operated by United Cerebral Palsy in Northeast Washington. On that day, Fauntroy repeatedly made malicious statements toward the victim, directing her to “roll over” and “play dead.” Fauntroy directed the attention of her co-workers to this abuse, while capturing video footage of the incident on her cell phone. This video clip was subsequently used by the government in its prosecution of the case.
In announcing the conviction and sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen and Inspector General Willoughby praised the work of Investigator Eduardo Torre of the Office of the Inspector General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), who handled the investigation. They also commended the work of Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrienne Rose and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Wolfingbarger of the MFCU, who jointly prosecuted the case, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Lindsey Merikas, who worked on the matter prior to trial.14-111