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Former Executive Director of Montgomery County Rehab Facility Charged with Fraud, Embezzlement

February 12, 2008

Springfield, Ill. - An East St. Louis, Illinois woman made her initial appearance in federal court yesterday, February 11, 2008, in Springfield, on charges of fraud and theft or embezzlement or more than $50,000 from a Montgomery county health care program, as announced by U.S. Attorney Rodger A. Heaton, Central District of Illinois. Janese E. Jordan, 41, was charged in an indictment returned by the grand jury on February 6, 2008, but sealed pending her arrest and court appearance. Jordan was released pending trial which is scheduled on April 1, 2008.

The indictment charges Jordan with two counts of mail fraud, six counts of theft or embezzlement from a health care program, and one count of theft from a federally-funded program. From December 2004 to December 2005, the indictment alleges Jordan used her position as Executive Director of the Continuing Recovery Center in Irving, Illinois, to steal or embezzle more than $50,000. The Continuing Recovery Center is a not-for-profit residential facility for those recovering from alcohol and substance abuse or addiction.

The indictment alleges Jordan forged names on checks using names of the center’s board of directors, submitted false receipts for reimbursement, and directed money to friends or family members or for her personal use. Among the alleged fraudulent uses of funds are the purchase of a large-screen television delivered to Jordan’s home in July 2005; payment of another’s dental work; payment of another’s credit card bill; personal vehicle repair; and family membership in a health club.

According to the indictment, Jordan falsely represented in her employment application, in November 2004, that she had bachelors and masters degrees, using a diploma and transcripts she had purchased for $1,114 from an Internet entity. The degrees and transcripts were purportedly from St. Regis University; however, Jordan never attended any classes or participated in any courses from St. Regis University.

The charges are the result of an investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick D. Hansen.

If convicted, the maximum penalty for each of the counts of mail fraud is 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000. The maximum penalty for fraudulently obtaining federal funds and theft of government funds and theft or embezzlement from health care programs is 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $250,000. The court may also order the defendant to pay restitution.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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