[UPDATED] Former Hospital Executive Sentenced

By: La'Tasha Givens, Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: La'Tasha Givens, Caroline Gonzmart Email

[UPDATED 03/25 at 11:55 AM]

A former Archbold Memorial Hospital executive has been sentenced in U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to falsifying documents.

J. William Sellers received two years of probation, and a $5,000 fine in an Albany courtroom late yesterday after admitting to three counts of falsifying documents during his time as Chief Financial Officer for the hospital in Thomasville.

In 2010, Sellers testified against his old boss, former Archbold CEO Ken Beverly, who was found guilty of federal fraud in December 2010.
Together the men submitted paperwork that made the private hospital appear public so it could receive millions in Medicaid funds.

Archbold says the government money has since been paid back in full.

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[UPDATED 03/02 at 7:15 PM]

The U.S. Middle District Court of Georgia says former Archbold CFO J. William Sellers is scheduled to appear before a judge in Albany on March 24.

Records show Sellers plead guilty in 2009 to three counts of falsification of documents that made the private hospital appear to be a public hospital. That opened the door to millions in Medicaid funds.

Sellers testified against Archbold CEO Ken Beverly who was convicted on federal fraud charges in December.

Sellers could face 20 years or more in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

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A case involving a local hospital executive that began four years ago is coming to a close.

The former Chief Financial Officer for Archbold Memorial Hospital pleaded guilty to falsifying hospital records. J. William Sellers admitted he falsified hospital documents on three different occasions in 2004 and 2005.

The documents were used to secure Medicare and Medicaid funding.

The hospital received about 4.6 million dollars based on the false information.

Archbold released an official response stating: "Archbold has maintained its focus on providing high quality patient care. Archbold's vision and values will continue to guide our actions as we move beyond this issue."


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