Four face new charges in elder exploitation case
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - A new person has been charged in an elder exploitation case and three more are facing additional charges, according to the Dougherty County District Attorney.
On Monday, the Dougherty County District Attorney, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Prosecuting Attorney's Council of Georgia and local law enforcement agencies announced Perry Kirka, Michelle Oliver, Cynthia Riley, and Harold Hunt had been indicted on the following counts:
Count 1: Racketeering
Count 2: Racketeering
Count 3 – 64: Exploitation of Disabled Persons (All)
Count 65 - 67: Willful Deprivation of Essential Services to Disabled Persons (All)
Count 68 - 77: Neglect of an Elder Person (All)
Count 78: Intimidation of a Disabled Adult (All)
Count 79: Operating an Unlicensed Personal Care Home (Oliver only)
Count 80: Identity Fraud (Kirka and Riley only)
"As this case has progressed, we've uncovered additional details which have led us to expand the scope of our prosecution and include another perpetrator," said Attorney General Chris Carr in a press release.
"Each person we've identified has played a role in a scheme that left 14 older, at-risk individuals to live in conditions so abysmal that it could've cost them their lives – lives that include a number of individuals who bravely served our country in the armed forces," explained Carr, "This case has demonstrated the very worst of what human beings are capable of doing to one another, and we will continue working with our partners to ensure all involved are brought to justice."
Pate & Johnson, LLC is representing Kirka and released the following statement on Monday:
We represent Perry Kirka and he committed no crime. He is a well-respected Atlanta area pharmacist and had absolutely no involvement in the alleged mistreatment of any elderly residents at this facility. - Page Pate
Oliver, Riley, and Hunt were previously indicted on similar charges in December 2017. Here's a historical breakdown of this case:
In December 2017, Michelle Oliver, Harold Hunt, and Cynthia Riley were charged in a 17-count indictment with violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act; Neglect to a Disabled Adult, Elder Person, or Resident; Exploitation and Intimidation of Disabled Adult, Elder Person, or Resident; Intimidation of Disabled Adult, Elder Person, or Resident and Operating an Unlicensed Personal Care Home (Oliver only).
This press release details the following agencies were/are involved in this case.
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