A judge sentenced former Letcher County personal care home owner James F. Tackett on theft and exploitation charges Thursday in connection with the operation of the Golden Years Rest Home in Jenkins, Ky. The conviction marks the end of a nearly three-year investigation and prosecution by the Attorney General's Department of Criminal Investigations and Office of Special Prosecutions.
Special Letcher Circuit Judge Ron Johnson sentenced 70-year-old Tackett to 10 years in prison and ordered him to pay $340,000 in restitution to various victims, including former residents of Golden Years Rest Home, former employees of the facility and the Kentucky Department of Revenue. Under terms of a plea agreement, Tackett will be placed on probation for 10 years after his release from federal prison. Tackett was sentenced on February 16 to serve two years in federal prison on charges of theft of Social Security funds in connection with the operation of Golden Years.
“I am glad to see this tragic case come to a close,” General Conway said. “The residents of Golden Years Rest Home suffered while Mr. Tackett spent money intended for resident care on new vehicles, property and a lavish lifestyle.”
Tackett paid $100,000 in restitution today and will pay the remainder of $240,000 in restitution to former residents and the Kentucky Department of Revenue while on probation. Tackett, who pleaded guilty in November of 2011, admitted to diverting thousands of dollars that was to be used for the care of residents to his own use—buying items such as a GMC Hummer, a new Chevrolet Impala, a Ford F-150, and a Chevrolet Silverado. He also admitted using monies belonging to the personal care home to pay mortgages on property he owned personally.
One resident received a settlement from a lawsuit involving a medication, and Tackett admitted to stealing close to $60,000 of the settlement, leaving the resident with only about $2,000.
Golden Years is now closed and its residents have all been moved to alternate facilities. Meanwhile, General Conway’s Office of Special Prosecutions is handling an indictment against Jonah Tackett, the most recent administrator of Golden Years and the grandson of James Tackett. Tackett was indicted in July 2011 on charges of bribing a witness and tampering with a witness.