Murfreesboro Caregiver Indicted In Patient Abuse Case

Mar 19, 2022 at 07:19 pm by WGNS

Photo above right, Richard Armento, picture released by the TBI

(MURFREESBORO) According to the TBI, a Murfreesboro man faces a felony charge, after being accused of assaulting a vulnerable adult in his care.

On March 9, 2021, after receiving information from Adult Protective Services, TBI Special Agents assigned to the Medicaid Fraud Control Division began investigating an alleged incident involving 74-year old Richard Armento. 

Authorities report that Armento, who was acting as a caregiver, allegedly injured the man who he was caring for. Agents determined that he assaulted and injured the victim earlier in the month, according to the TBI.

On February 10, 2022, the Rutherford County Grand Jury returned an indictment, charging Armento with one count of Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult.

Armento surrendered to authorities on Thursday (03/17/2022) in Rutherford County and was subsequently released on his own recognizance.

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The TBI’s Medicaid Fraud Control Division receives 75 percent of its funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under a grant award totaling $6,879,772.50 for federal Fiscal Year 2022. The remaining 25 percent, totaling $2,293,257.00 for Fiscal Year 2021-2022, is funded by the State of Tennessee.

Source: TBI

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