COOKEVILLE, TN (WSMV) - The former operator of a Putnam County group home faces multiple charges after a joint investigation between the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and multiple local and state agencies.

During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that from 2016 through 2018 Stephanie Butler, the then operator of the Senior Lifestyles facility in Cookeville, was responsible for financially exploiting several of the residents, using their financial assets for her personal use.

Agents also determined that she and Brian Richey, a nurse practitioner who provided medical services for the residents, were involved in diverting controlled substance medication that belonged to the residents for their own personal use.

The Putnam County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Butler, 44, with one count of conspiracy to obtain controlled substances by fraud, one count of obtaining controlled substances by fraud, 11 counts of financial exploitation, one count of theft over $2,500, four counts of identity theft, six counts of money laundering and one count of tampering with evidence. Richey, 36, was charged with one count of conspiracy to obtain controlled substances by fraud, one count of obtaining controlled substances by fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit financial exploitation of an elderly/vulnerable adult and one count of financial exploitation.

Butler was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Putnam County Jail with a $150,000 bond. Richey was arrested on Thursday morning and booked with a bond of $40,000.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.