Former health clinic CEO sentenced to 18 years in fraud case

The former CEO of two Alabama health clinics has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in a fraud scheme, according to the Department of Justice

According to the DOJ, 53-year-old Jonathan Dunning left his post as CEO of Birmingham (Ala.) Health Care and Central Alabama Comprehensive Health in Tuskegee in 2008. However, he continued to exercise control over the two nonprofit health clinics and diverted government funds meant for the clinics to his own for-profit companies, according to the DOJ.

 In June, a federal jury convicted Mr. Dunning of 62 counts of wire fraud, 33 counts of money laundering and two counts of bank fraud. A jury also found him guilty of one count of conspiracy, finding that he conspired with another person to commit wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.

Over a seven-year period, Mr. Dunning defrauded HHS, the Health Resources and Service Administration, the two clinics, a credit union and others out of more than $16 million, according to the government's sentencing memorandum.

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