Kansas Couple Convicted on Involuntary Servitude Charges
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 /U.S. Newswire/ — The Justice Department announced today that Arlan Kaufman, 69, and his wife, Linda Kaufman, 62, were convicted on federal charges for forcing mentally ill patients to perform sexually explicit acts on videotape and to perform physical labor in the nude. The jury found Arlan Kaufman guilty on 31 federal counts and Linda Kaufman guilty on 30 federal counts, including involuntary servitude, forced labor, conspiracy, healthcare fraud, mail fraud, and Medicare fraud.
“Profiting from the systematic abuse and degradation of some of society’s most vulnerable citizens, these defendants showed no regard for human dignity and exploited the residents entrusted to their care,” said Bradley J. Schlozman, acting assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division. “Today’s verdict sends a clear message that society will not tolerate this form of modern-day slavery.”
For over 24 years, the Kaufmans operated Kaufman House in Newton, Kan., a home for mentally ill patients where Arlan Kaufman, a social worker, routinely forced and coerced his patients to engage in nude “therapy” sessions, which Kaufman documented on videotapes he stored in his bedroom. The videotapes, some of which were played for the jury during the four-week trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, depicted Arlan Kaufman directing the victims to perform sexually explicit acts in front of other patients. In some of the videotapes, Arlan Kaufman can be seen sexually assaulting victims.