Nursing home officials charged with Medicaid fraud

CEO, assistant CEO of Gainesville company could face up to 30 years in prison

Published On: Jan 29 2013 02:17:26 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 29 2013 02:24:22 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Two top officials in a nursing home management company based in Gainesville are being charged with defrauding Medicaid.

The two are accused of using more than $2.75 million in Medicaid reimbursements for personal expenses. Medicaid is the safety net health care program for the poor.

The office of Attorney General Pam Bondi alleges that Maxcine Darville, CEO of Council of Aging in Florida, and Joanne Carter, assistant CEO, used Medicaid money on excessive salaries, mortgage payments and cellphone bills for the last six years.

Council of Aging in Florida is a for-profit business and not affiliated with a nonprofit agency of the same name.

The Alachua County Sheriff's Office said that both Darville and Carter bonded out on Monday.

They are both charged with one count of organized scheme to defraud, a first-degree felony. If convicted, the pair could spend 30 years in prison.