SALT LAKE CITY August 20, 2015 – The Utah Attorney General’s Office today announced the conviction of Jordan Jack on multiple felony counts for an elaborate theft scheme which prosecutors established was targeted at individuals who were intellectually disabled and lived on very limited incomes. The defendant was found guilty of one count of Communications Fraud, a second degree felony; seven counts of Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult, all third degree felonies; and one count of Theft by Deception, a Class B misdemeanor.
“Our office has pledged to protect Utah’s most vulnerable citizens from abuse and exploitation,” said Attorney General Sean Reyes. “The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in our office has a long history of vigorously investigating and prosecuting anyone or any organization who takes advantage of those they should be safeguarding. Director Steed and his team are exceptional in developing the intricate details of MFCU cases to ensure those impacted are made whole whenever possible. ”
Jack was employed as Area Director of a large company that provides services to disabled residents. As director, he was responsible for ensuring these individuals received protection, supervision and help with daily needs, including finances. Assistant Attorney General (AAG) Kaye Lynn Wootton and Special Agent Coy Acocks displayed a document trail to the court demonstrating how the defendant used false receipts and altered financial statements to deceive his employer and steal money from over 14 residents of the group homes he supervised.
“Jack Jordan stole from disabled clients so he could buy luxury items like a trip to Vegas, a Justin Timberlake concert and nearly $400 in tennis shoes,” argued lead prosecutor, AAG Wootton. “He was no ‘Jean Valjean.’”
“Because of their disability none of the victims were able to testify in court. They were completely unaware that a caretaker, entrusted with their money, was stealing from them,” stated Robert Steed, Director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which handles these types of cases.
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit prosecutes cases of neglect, abuse and exploitation of individuals who receive care in residential facilities. The trial team included AAG Kaye Lynn Wootton, Agent Coy Acocks, Paralegal Linda Snow and Director Robert Steed.
Jordan Jack will be sentenced on October 7, 2015.
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