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Oct. 12, 2012
TOPEKA A former executive with Kansas Health Solutions has pleaded guilty to scheming to steal more than $2 million in Medicaid funds, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced today.
Jason Sellers, 43, of Lyndon pleaded guilty to a single count of wire fraud. He admitted that while he was chief financial officer at Kansas Health Solutions he diverted Medicaid funds to Advanced Business Consulting, a shell company he created.
Sellers fraudulently billed Kansas Health Solutions for information technology services ostensibly performed by the bogus business. He also billed Kansas Health Solutions for equipment and uniforms for sports teams with which he was associated and computer equipment for a local school, himself and his family.
Grissom said Sellers used some of the stolen money to build and furnish a $375,000 home on 11 acres near Lyndon. The thefts occurred between 2007 and 2011.
The state of Kansas contracted with Kansas Health Solutions to manage community-based mental health services.
Sellers' sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 17. Prosecutors will recommend a sentence of three years in federal prison and restitution of more than $2 million.
Grissom commended the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the FBI, the Kansas Attorney General's Office and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Treadway for their work on the case.
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