Former Golden Years Rest Home operator James F. “Chum” Tackett was indicted last week for allegedly stealing thousands of federal dollars that were intended to pay for the care of the rest home’s residents, a Lexington television station has reported.
A federal grand jury in London returned the indictment which charges Tackett, 69, of Jenkins with 19 counts of theft of government funds, said a report filed by WLEXTV. At the time of the alleged offenses, Golden Years Rest Home cared for approximately 40 residents who obtained money from a variety of federally funded programs such as Social Security to help pay for the care they received, the station reported, adding that Tackett allegedly stole more than $92,000 out of nearly 400 federal checks between 2007 and 2009.
According to the indictment, many of the residents weren’t in a condition to handle their financial affairs and designated Tackett as a representative payee so he could manage their finances, WLEX said. Tackett allegedly used this control to deposit the federally funded checks made payable to the residents into the rest home’s bank account or took cash out of rest home’s account for his own personal use, the station said.
The station also reported that some of the federal money that Tackett allegedly stole included 34 federal stimulus checks worth $8,500 that were mailed to some of the residents.