Feds push for long sentence in case on American Senior Communities former CEO

The former CEO of American Senior Communities could face more than 12 years in prison for his role in a scheme in which he and three other men spent years defrauding health care organizations out of millions of dollars to live a lavish lifestyle, according to the Indianapolis Star.

U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler is recommending that James Burkhart be sentenced to 151 months in prison for his role in running more than two dozen fraud schemes and kickback arrangements that prosecutors say reaped nearly $20 million. 

In court documents, Minkler alleges that Burkhart was a greedy, remorseless peddler of corruption who infected those around him. 

"This was not a one-time failure of conscience or exercise in bad judgement," Minkler wrote in a Wednesday sentencing memorandum. Burkhart is scheduled to be sentenced June 29 in federal court.

Larry Mackey, Burkhart’s attorney, says in court documents that prosecutors overestimated the financial harm caused and that the proposed punishment of 151 months is unfair.

Mackey is asking the court for a sentence of 70 to 87 months.

Burkhart and former American Senior Communities Chief Operating Officer Daniel Benson were indicted by federal authorities in October 2016 along with Steven Ganote and Joshua Burkhart.

Read the full story at Indianapolis Star.

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