Maxcine Darville, Joanne Carter charged with using Medicaid money for expenses

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Two top officials in a nursing home management company 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 and Joanne Carter used Medicaid money on excessive salaries, mortgage payments and cell phone bills. They worked for the Council on Aging of Florida as the CEO and assistant CEO.

   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.

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