WIGGINS -- A Stone County grand jury has indicted a minister and his wife on multiple charges alleging they exploited vulnerable persons living under their care.
The Rev. Allen Boone and Eunice Boone, both 44, of Petal, have been held at the Stone County jail since their arrests Nov. 20. The same day, state health department workers scrambled to find alternative housing for about two dozen vulnerable adults who were living in two personal care homes operated by the couple.
They have been indicted on 10 counts. Their arraignments are set for May 19 in Stone County Circuit Court. They each have bonds that total $613,000.
The Boones were taken into custody in Wiggins at the Christian Fellowship Home on Parkway Drive, where they ran a personal care home licensed to house up to 15 women.
Authorities have said the most disturbing lack of care occurred at an unlicensed home the couple operated for men on Flint Creek Road in the county. The indictment alleges the couple exploited 10 men who lived there between August and November.
Chief Deputy Phyllis said conditions at the rural home were deplorable, with exposed wiring, medicines mixed in plastic cups with no names on them, and one of the residents was handing out the medicines.
Men living at the rural home were driven to the Wiggins home for meals.
However, Police Chief Matt Barnett has said the Wiggins home was not large enough to accommodate the men for the meals.
The Boones each were initially charged with one count of operating a personal care home without a license and 12 counts of neglect of a vulnerable person, both misdemeanors.
The state attorney general's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested the couple on 12 felony charges of exploitation. A grand jury declined to indict on two of the charges.
Each of the 10 indicted counts is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison.