Monday, November 12, 2012

Former Jasper County Public Administrator Rita Hunter Pleads Guilty to Fraud!

Rita Hunter, former Jasper County public administrator, pleaded guilty to document fraud today [Nov 6] in U.S. Federal Court in Springfield.

Hunter, 60, who served a single term as administrator ending in 2008, entered a plea to the charge related to illegally obtaining federal benefits, that was contained in a Dec. 14, 2011 federal indictment.

By pleading guilty, Hunter admitted to a scheme involving a total fraud of $70,000 to $120,000, according to a release from the federal court. She directed her employees to submit materially false Medicaid applications for wards under the custody of the public administrator’s office. The applications falsely stated the wards had assets below the $1,000 threshold to be eligible to receive Medicaid benefits, when in fact the wards had assets of more than $1,000.

Under federal statutes, Hunter is subject to a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and an order or restitution.

Former Jasper County Public Administrator Pleads Guilty to Document Fraud

See Also:
Civil Suits Against Rita Hunter Pending


Thelma said...

Was this fiduciary a "person of trust" or just a plain old crook?

Barbara said...

This is celebration news! Goodbye Rita Hunter!

Steve said...

The Emma France family has got to be celebrating the demise of Rita Hunter and I am sure all of us who are members of NASGA celebrate with the France family.

Anonymous said...

Hey, we already see in the picture that Rita Hunter looks good in orange~

Nancy said...

I remember the Emma France case and what Rita Hunter did to her and her family was cruel and malicious. Hunter deserves to spend the rest of her life in jail.
Thanks for posting this article, NASGA. It's good to know justice was finally served.

Kathy said...