Former CEO of American Senior Communities arrested

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): A grand jury has indicted the former CEO of a company that operates dozens of Indiana nursing homes, accusing him and three others in a kickback scheme.

Federal prosecutors in Indianapolis released the indictment Wednesday morning. It charges former American Senior Communities CEO James Burkhart with mail and wire fraud and money laundering. American Senior Communities fired Burkhart last September, three days after federal agents searched his home and the company’s Indianapolis headquarters.

Specifically, prosecutors say the defendants used shell companies to falsify and inflate costs of goods and services to steal discounts and rebates and conceal kickbacks in a scheme worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Burkhart’s defense attorney, Larry Mackey, had no comment. American Senior Communities did not immediately respond to email and phone messages seeking comment.

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