Nursing home executives indicted in $16M fraud scheme

Four individuals, including the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of a nursing home chain, have been indicted for their roles in a $16 million fraud scheme. The alleged scheme involved American Senior Communities (ASC), located in Indiana.

Scheme 

According to the 32-count indictment, the perpetrators made side deals with vendors at the expense of ASC between 2009 and 2015. To fund these deals, they overcharged ASC for products and services, and then funneled the overcharges through shell companies and back to themselves. Almost all products and services are paid for by Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.

According to the indictment, the scheme spanned services from landscaping and pharmacy to food supplies, therapies, and decorations. If vendors questioned the overcharges and kickbacks, they were turned down. The funds were allegedly used by the four perpetrators for several personal purposes, including paying real estate, jewelry, and gold bars, as well as making political contributions.