A federal grand jury in Springfield accuses 59-year-old Rita Hunter of illegally obtaining federal medicaid and social security benefits and using them to subsidize the administration of her office.
The indictment includes two counts of health care fraud, two counts theft of public money, two counts social security and medicaid fraud, and four counts of document fraud.
According to the indictment, the applications said the individuals had assets below the $1,000 threshold, which is false.
Medicaid and social security benefits were allegedly then funnelled through the public administrators office.
Approximately $121,000 of the $200,000 200 was said to be used for administration fees, attorney fees, tax fees and court fees not related to the ward’s medical care.
Hunter was the Jasper County Public Administrator from 2005 to 2008.
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Former Jasper County MO Administrator Indicted