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Mother-Daughter CEOs Could Face Up To 30 Years In Prison For Medicaid Fraud

Two top executives in a nursing home management company could be facing a first degree felony charge for committing Medicaid fraud. Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office arrested the two CEOs for misusing Medicaid money to cover company expenses.

Both Maxcine Darville and Joanne Carter worked for the Council on Aging of Florida as the CEO and Assistant CEO. John Lucas, spokesman for the Attorney General’s office, says his office and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office arrested both mother and daughter and charged them with defrauding Medicaid.

“They’re accused of over a six-year period from January 2006 to March of 2012 of misusing over $2.75 million in Medicaid funds. They were spending this money for excessive salaries, personal expenses—everything from mortgage payments to internet service, utility bills, even personal cell phone bills.”

If both Darville and Carter are convicted, they could face up to 30 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. Both women are currently out on bond and deny the allegations. 

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.