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The owner of a suburban St. Louis, Missouri, nursing home where 60 residents had to be rescued when food ran out pleaded guilty to stealing $667,000 from Medicaid.
Johnnie Mac Sells, 52, president of Legacy Health Systems, spent the ill-gotten gains on strippers, gambling and other things — instead of on the residents of his Benchmark Healthcare nursing home, which the funds had been earmarked for.
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He pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two federal charges of health care fraud and could get up to three years in prison when he's sentenced on July 25, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
He'll also need to pay back all the money he stole.
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Prosecutors revealed that for three years starting in 2013, Sells stole a large portion of funds provided by Medicaid for Benchmark residents.
He used Benchmark's debit card to pay $185,000 at adult entertainment clubs and $15,000 on pet care, $4,500 at casinos and $12,000 at his country club.
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Sells also wrote company checks and wire transferred an additional $439,000 to his personal accounts and transferred $153,000 to a relative.
At one point last year, he used the Medicaid money to cover $3,500 in bail bonds for himself, likely related to his August 2016 charges of domestic abuse and sexual misconduct against his girlfriend and 12-year-old son.
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The Benchmark Healthcare nursing home in Festus, Missouri was shut down last summer after authorities said bills went unpaid, paychecks bounced, trash piled up and food deliveries...
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