Jury Indicts Another Nursing Home Head

Jul 22, 2011

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions Friday announced the indictment of a second former administrator of Golden Years Rest Home in Jenkins. A Letcher County grand jury returned an indictment on Thursday against 25-year-old Jonah Tackett on two counts of bribing a witness, two counts of tampering with a witness and three counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property, all Class D felonies.

Jonah Tackett is the grandson of James "Chum" Tackett, the former Golden Years administrator indicted last year on more than 150 counts of theft and exploitation of a vulnerable adult in connection with his operation of Golden Years. 

James Tackett's indictment followed a seven-month investigation by the attorney general's Department of Criminal Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office of Special Prosecutions and is set to go to trial on Oct. 3 in Letcher Circuit Court.

The theft charges against Jonah Tackett relate to his former role as administrator of the Golden Years Rest Home. All of the charges are Class D felonies and carry penalties of between one and five years in prison each, as well as an additional penalty upon conviction of a fine up to $10,000.

In an effort to ensure the long term viability of Golden Years and the safety of its residents, the Office of the Attorney General requested and was granted the appointment of a receiver at the rest home.

An indictment is an accusation only. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty