Former rest home administrator pleads guilty

WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) - A former eastern Kentucky rest home
administrator has pleaded guilty to charges involving funds that
were supposed to be used for resident care.
The Kentucky attorney general's office says 69-year-old James F.
Tackett of Jenkins was scheduled to stand trial in Letcher County
Circuit Court but instead pleaded guilty to theft, exploitation of
a vulnerable adult and income tax fraud. Tackett admitted using
some of the money to buy personal vehicles.
The money, more than $300,000, was to be used for care of
residents at Golden Years Rest Home in Jenkins, which is now
closed. He pleaded guilty last month in U.S. District Court in
Pikeville to stealing Social Security funds received on residents'
behalf and pleaded guilty in 2009 to physical abuse of a resident.
Sentencing is Feb. 23.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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