Jacob Fordham and Kaye Lynn Wootton, both prosecutors with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Attorney General's Office, will discuss the risks people face in the areas of abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable individuals. Using real cases that this unit has prosecuted, they will present some of the warning signs that people should watch for and avoid in order to make sure that they, their loved ones, and those under their care are protected. These presenters will urge providers and individuals in positions of trust to watch for warning signs and to report the minute abuse, neglect or exploitation are suspected. Participants will learn how these cases are investigated and prosecuted and will become familiar with how involved parties can assist with the process. Finally, Kaye Lynn and Jacob will show the laws and statutes that Utah has in place to combat these problems. They will present statutory changes that were made during this last legislative session to better protect vulnerable individuals. There will be time for questions and interaction if participants have concerns or ideas to share. Finally, the presenters will share the message that only through increased awareness and joint collaboration can we combat this problem and best protect those in our community who are unable to protect themselves.
About Jacob Fordham
Jacob Fordham graduated from S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2014. He has been involved in prosecution since law school, clerking for both the Utah Prosecution Council and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Jacob was the Assistant City Attorney for Bountiful City before joining the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. He has prosecuted a wide variety of crimes. As an Assistant Attorney General, his commitment and passion now lie in holding perpetrators accountable and protecting victims from abuse, neglect and exploitation of vulnerable adults.
About Kaye Lynn Wootton
Kaye Lynn Wootton is the Director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Utah Attorney General’s Office. She serves as an Assistant Attorney General and Special Assistant United States Attorney as she prosecutes cases in both state and federal courts. She teaches national courses on how to investigate and prosecute fraud and the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults. Kaye Lynn practiced as a Registered Nurse for over 20 years before becoming an attorney. While some might see this as a total career change, Kaye Lynn views it as one more step in her journey to protect patients and advocate for quality health care.
Assistant Attorney General
Kaye Lynn Wootton
Director of Medicaid Fraud Control Unit