FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 23, 2017
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Mike Lewis (334) 353-2199
Steven T. Marshall
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Alabama Attorney General
AG STEVEN T. MARSHALL ANNOUNCES ARREST OF
FORMER CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT FOR ELDER ABUSE
Attorney General Steven T. Marshall today announced the arrest of a former
employee of a Tuscaloosa County nursing home for abuse of a resident of the facility.
Betty Jean Tubbs, 47, of Tuscaloosa was arrested on February 16 and has been released
The case was referred to Attorney General Marshall’s Medicaid Fraud Control
Unit by the Alabama Department of Public Health. After conducting an investigation,
the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit presented evidence to a Tuscaloosa County grand jury
resulting in an indictment* on January 24. The indictment charges Tubbs with one count
of second-degree elder abuse, a class B felony. It is alleged that Tubbs, a certified
nursing assistant (CNA) at Heritage Health Care and Rehab, struck a 71-year-old
resident of the facility on the head, causing injury. It is further alleged that Tubbs
punched the resident in the face, causing the resident’s eye to swell and bruise.
If convicted, Tubbs faces a possible sentencing range of two to 20 years in the
Department of Corrections and a fine of not more than $30,000.
Attorney General Marshall commended the staff and administrators of Heritage
Health Care and Rehab for their prompt reporting of the incident, as well as his
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for its investigation and prosecution of this extremely
*An indictment is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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