Former healthcare CFO charged with bribery, fraud

A federal grand jury returned a 47-count indictment May 24 against the former CFO of a Medicaid-funded behavioral health system in North Carolina, according to the Department of Justice.

The indictment charged William Canupp, former CFO of Beulaville, N.C.-based Eastpointe Human Services, with conspiracy, bribery, organization fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. Eastpointe manages the public sector behavioral health system for several counties in Eastern North Carolina.

"As alleged, embezzling hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars meant for crucial federal and state programs to include care for mentally ill and developmentally disabled patients just to enrich yourself is a serious betrayal of trust," said Special Agent in Charge Derrick L. Jackson.

The indictment comes nearly one year after a state audit found Mr. Canupp had facilitated apparent kickbacks from two Eastpointe contractors. The audit revealed Eastpointe paid two contractors more than $1 million for renovations from January 2010 to December 2013. Each time a check was received from Eastpointe, the contractor wrote a personal check to Mr. Canupp. The contractors paid the former CFO a total of $547,595, according to the Rocky Mount Telegram.

The indictment also charged Ronnie L. Davis, a contractor who performed construction work for Eastpointe, with conspiracy, bribery, organization fraud and wire fraud.

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