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Monday, April 19, 2010 - 12:22pm

Ga. Nusing Home Operators Charged With Fraud

Prosecutors have charged two Georgia nursing home operators with plotting to defraud Medicare and Medicaid of more than $30 million.

George and Rhonda Houser of Rome ran a nusing home in Brunswick and two in Rome before the state shut the homes down in 2007.

About 300 elderly residents lived in the homes.

A federal prosecutor in Atlanta says, the couple bilked the federal health programs to buy cars and real estate while leaving nursing home residents went without necessities, like food and medicine.

A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Department official called the alleged actions "pure greed."

The Housers have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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