Two Nursing Home Executives Charged With Medicaid Fraud
Published January 30th, 2013
GAINESVILLE - An 80-year-old woman and her daughter face charges of defrauding Medicaid of more than $2 million. Prosecutors say the two nursing home executives used Medicaid checks to pay off personal expenses.
Maxcine Darville and her daughter, Joanne Carter, were arrested Monday, after the state attorney general issued a warrant for their arrest. Darville is currently the CEO of a nursing home company called "Council on Aging of Florida," which manages four facilities across the state, including one in Gainesville. We're told Carter served as the non-profit's "assistant-CEO".
According to the state attorney general's office, both Darville and Carter used their positions to defraud the Medicaid system out of $2.75 million over a period of six years. They then used that money to pay off personal expenses, including a cable and internet bill at a home Darville claims was used for employees.
Both Darville and Carter were released from jail on a $50,000 bond. Darville's attorney says his client and her daughter deny any wrongdoing, and both intend to fight the charges until their names are cleared.
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