[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.


[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.


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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  • by poor tax payer Location: usa on Mar 25, 2011 at 03:02 PM
    4.6 million dollare verses 2 years probation and a $5000 fine? IT PAYS TO HAVE THE RIGHT FRIENDS.
  • by what a world. Location: ga on Mar 25, 2011 at 03:00 PM
    2 years probation and a $5000 fine. he will pay the fine off the first day of probation and it will all be over. what a sentense. i got 5 years and a #000 fine for dwi a few years ago. some people has all the luck. got off easy for ripping off the tax payers.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Mar 3, 2011 at 09:55 AM
    A thief is a thief. Taking something their not entitle to. String em up like a horse thief. Brand a T on their forehead.
  • by Fla Voter on Mar 2, 2011 at 07:10 PM
    His biggest mistake is that he didn't run for Governor. Then he could get away with it!
  • by Concerned Location: Tally on Mar 2, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    Another good example of how Georgia Rebels don't play: Ya'll convicted another crook that helped steal millions of your Taxpayer medicaid dollars. We know where you can pick up a another piece of garbage who stole billions from the FL taxpayers. Looser CEO Scott can be found lickin his chops while he figures out how to haul off what's left of our State treasury trust, pension funds, federal stimulus, and proceeds from illegal government planes sales. Poke your nose out your door and follow the fumes straight to the State Florida Capitol.
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