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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


OPERATOR OF RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES

CHARGED WITH MEDICAID FRAUD


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that the operator of five long-term residential care facilities in southwest Missouri has been charged today by way of a federal criminal complaint with defrauding the Missouri Medicaid Program.


             Robert J. Dupont, Jr., 62, of Jasper County, Mo., was charged with executing a scheme to defraud the Missouri Medicaid Program in connection with the operation of five long-term residential care facilities in southwest Missouri. A warrant was issued for Dupont’s arrest based on an affidavit filed with the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mo. A detention and preliminary hearing is scheduled on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007.


             According to the affidavit supporting the charges, Dupont pleaded guilty on Feb. 13, 2002, to conspiring to defraud the Medicare and Medicaid federal health care programs. On Feb. 21, 2003, Dupont was sentenced to 21 months federal imprisonment. Federal and state law prohibits individuals convicted of Medicaid and Medicare Program-related crimes from acting as an operator of a licensed Medicaid provider or participating in any federal health care program.


             The affidavit alleges that upon release from prison, Dupont resumed the operation and control of Joplin River of Life Ministries, Inc., a licensed Medicaid provider that operates five long-term residential care facilities in southwest Missouri, contrary to state and federal law. The five long-term residential care facilities operated by Dupont through Joplin River of Life Ministries include Anderson Guest House, Carl Junction Guest House, Guest House, Guest House II, and Guest House III. The affidavit alleges that Dupont participated in the day-to-day operation of these facilities, and failed to make the required disclosures regarding his involvement and control of these residential facilities upon his release from prison.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in this complaint are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Monroe. It was investigated by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, IRS-Criminal Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Missouri State Fire Marshal and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.


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