31 Jan Bradenton nursing homes will continue despite arrests of executives
The chief executive officer and second-in-command at a Florida nursing home management company that oversees two facilities in Bradenton have been charged with using more than $2.75 million of Medicaid funds for excessive salaries and personal expenses.
CEO Maxcine Darville and her daughter, Assistant CEO Joanne Carter of the Council on Aging of Florida, used Medicaid program payments to the Council on Aging of Florida and other organizations they oversaw to cover Internet service, utility bills, cell phone service and personal long-distance calls, according to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
“We will not allow those who are entrusted with providing legitimate Medicaid services and accurately billing the program to exploit the system,” Bondi said in a statement Tuesday.
The Council on Aging of Florida manages two nursing homes in Bradenton: Riverfront Nursing & Rehabilitation and The Verandas at Riverfront, both located at 105 15th St. E.
Officials said the charges won’t disrupt the operation of those two homes.
“We don’t expect any interruption in service,” John Lucas, a spokesman for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, said Tuesday.