THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Monday, October 24, 2005

Lubbock Nurse Aide Arrested By Attorney General Abbott's Medicaid Fraud Officers

LUBBOCK - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s criminal Medicaid fraud officers arrested a Lubbock certified nurse aide in nearby Brownfield, charging her with injuring two disabled nursing home residents when she was employed at the Bender Terrace facility on 27th Street in Lubbock.

Tiffany Cunningham, 26, was indicted by a Lubbock County grand jury in September and charged with two counts of assault, allegedly for slapping Alzheimer’s residents in January. Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted the Attorney General’s officers in making the arrest Thursday at Cunningham’s place of employment in Brownfield.

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Tiffany Cunningham

I will not tolerate the abuse of seniors in this state, said Attorney General Abbott. Those who are entrusted with the care of patients who cannot care for themselves must live up to their responsibilities or face consequences.

The Attorney General’s undercover investigation revealed Cunningham allegedly has had a long history of temperament problems with residents and staff. In the incidents for which she was indicted, eyewitnesses said she allegedly slapped one resident while trying to assist her with a bath, and provoked another disabled resident, who hit her, causing Cunningham to slap the resident in retaliation. The charges are third-degree felonies, carrying a possible 10 years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine.