St. Louis Today reported that infamous and disgraced nursing home company CEO Johnnie Mac Sells admitted stealing more than $667,000 from Medicaid and been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison. Now , he also admits to stealing from employees’ 401(k) accounts and health benefit plans, although he may face no more time in prison.
Sells waived indictment by a grand jury and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to two counts: stealing from an employee benefit plan and stealing from a health care benefit program.
Legacy Health, the Sells family business, once employed 1,600 who cared for 2,000 patients in 27 facilities across Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee. But by 2016, there were only three nursing homes left. And patients in Benchmark Healthcare were going hungry while Sells spent Medicaid money on strippers, gambling, pet care and country club fees, prosecutors have said.
A Post-Dispatch investigation documented the company’s fall.