Hazard Caregiver Pleads Guilty to Theft

The former owner of a Hazard care facility has pleaded guilty to eight counts of theft. Donna Grigsby, 50, formerly of Hazard, entered guilty pleas to multiple misdemeanor counts in Perry District Court on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. The plea relates to Grigsby’s ownership of Mountain Serenity, Inc., formerly located at 490 Williams Branch Road in Hazard, in December 2015. The facility was a Medicaid funded home providing care for elders and individuals with disabilities. As owner and operator, Grigsby was required to distribute state guardianship funds to residents, however, she instead used the funds as her own. According to the plea, Grigsby kept $450 from eight residents, totaling $3,600. The funds have been reimbursed to the Commonwealth. She received a sentence of 12 month conditionally discharged for two years and ordered to pay a $500 fine and repay $500 in investigative costs. Additionally, she will be placed on the Kentucky Adult Caregiver Misconduct Registry for seven years.

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