Former Health Care Exec Admits to Bid-rigging Scheme

March 15, 2012

A former executive for a Roanoke-based nursing home company has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from a bribery and bid-rigging scheme.

John Henderson pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and two counts of tax evasion in U.S. District Court in Roanoke on Wednesday.

Henderson is the former director of maintenance and renovations for Medical Facilities of America.

Federal prosecutors say Henderson demanded kickbacks in exchange for giving various companies contracts for construction work at some of the more than 40 of the company's nursing homes in Virginia and North Carolina.

The Roanoke Times reports that he was the lone official in on the scheme, which cost the company more than $500,000.

At least four contractors have been convicted of paying kickbacks to Henderson.

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