The former executive of a Topeka, Kan.-based nonprofit was charged today with attempting to steal more than $2 million in Medicaid funds, according to a report on WIBW.com.
U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom made the announcement today, charging Jason Sellers with one count of wire fraud in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Topeka.
"Health care fraud drives up the cost for all patients and consumers," Grissom said. "In partnership with the state, my office is working to protect and strengthen the entire health care system."
It is alleged that while Sellers was chief financial officer of Kansas Health Solutions (KHS), he diverted medicaid funds to a sham company he created called Advanced Business Consulting (ABC). He is then said to have billed KHS for information technology services ABC performed, as well as for other personal items such as sports equipment for a local team with which he was associated from 2007-2011. In addition, Sellers allegedly used some of the stolen money to build and refurbish a $375,000 home in Lyndon, Kan.
If convicted, Sellers faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. You can read the full story on WIBW.com.