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The accused: Jonathan Dunning, former CEO of the non-profit Birmingham Health Care
The place: Birmingham, Alabama
The charges: Dunning was arrested in February 2015 and charged with 112 counts of bank fraud, money laundering and conspiracy in a $14 million healthcare fraud case. Federal funds to the health system were diverted, according to his indictment, and Dunning continued to play a role in the fraud at Birmingham Health Care and its sister facilities even after leaving his role as CEO in 2008.
The verdict: Dunning pleaded not guilty to all counts. He was convicted of 98 counts of conspiracy, wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison but told Al.com he plans to appeal the sentence.
A year after Dunning’s arrest, his successor as Birmingham Health Care’s CEO, Jimmy Lacey, was also implicated in the investigation--but he died at the end of December. The system’s former CFO, Terri Mollica, pleaded guilty to her role in the fraud and was sentenced to 17 years in prison.