A New York woman who says her brother with intellectual disability was killed two years ago at a state institution where he lived is now being billed $11.67 million for the man’s care.
Shaniece Luke says she received an invoice from the New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities for the care her brother, Rasheen Rose, received since August 2002.
Rose, who had severe autism and was nonverbal, died in 2012 after he was physically restrained. A medical examiner determined that Rose’s death was a homicide.
“I thought it was ridiculous. I couldn’t believe it,” Luke told the New York Daily News about the bill, which she believes is retaliation for filing a wrongful death lawsuit in connection with her brother’s death.
The bill specifies that the $11.67 million is due if Luke wins in court and receives punitive damages, the Daily News reports.
A spokeswoman for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities told the Associated Press that the agency is merely following federal Medicaid rules in seeking reimbursement for Rose’s care.