Attorney General Announces Guilty Plea In Case Involving Mistreated Elderly Woman, Fraudulent Medicaid Billing

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and 17th Judicial District Attorney Don Quick announced today that Tammera Deane Henritze, 38, pleaded guilty Aug. 14, 2009 to one count of criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault on an at-risk adult, a class-three felony, stemming from allegations that she neglected and mistreated an elderly woman and then falsely billed Medicaid for the care. Pursuant to the stipulated terms of the plea agreement, Henritze faces a prison term of between 10 and 20 years at her Oct. 26 sentencing hearing.  

According to court documents, Henritze was employed as a personal services provider for the victim, a 65-year old patient with severe memory problems. According to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, the woman was discovered locked in a bedroom in squalid conditions, surrounded by rotting food, urine and feces, and severely malnourished. She was removed from the home at 6321 Knox Ct. in Adams County, taken to a hospital, and later placed in a nursing home, where her health has dramatically improved.
 
The case was investigated by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which investigates abuse against elders and fraud against the state Medicaid program. The case was opened after Henritze’s former landlord noticed similar conditions in a bedroom where Henritze had resided. The former landlord then reported the situation to the Adams County Department of Social Services.
 
Henritze will appear for sentencing in Adams County Court on October 26, 2009 at 8:30 a.m.

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