February 1, 2013
Two executives of a Florida nursing home management company were arrested this week for allegedly defrauding Medicaid of millions of dollars provided for nursing home residents; a different form of nursing home abuse which is often overlooked.
According to reports, 79-year-old Maxcine Darville, CEO of the non-profit company Council on Aging of Florida (CAG), and her daughter, assistant CEO Joanne Carter, 59, purportedly took over $2.7 million from Medicaid to use for their own personal expenses, such as cell phone, utility, and mortgage payments. Additionally, both Maxcine and her daughter paid themselves in excess on the company’s payroll, with over $1 deposited to them within a 6-year timespan.
The funds were intended for use at several nursing homes in the Florida area in which Council on Aging in Florida is associated with. The suspects wrote off that the money was being spent was for necessities for CAG, yet documents show that the money was spent on bills, mortgage payments, food, and luxuries. Darville’s son, Gary Watson, was also employed at CAG. Records show that this income was much higher than it should have been.
Both Darville and Carter have been charged with a first-degree felony count of organized scheme to defraud. If convicted, they each face the possibility of 30 years in prison along with heavy fines. Both suspects, however, are denying the allegations and claim they have done nothing wrong. According to the police, they are being fully cooperative.
If you or a loved one was a victim of any type of nursing home abuse we strongly encourage you to contact an experienced nursing home abuse attorney to explore your legal options.