Missouri Group Home Owner, Wife Sentenced in Fraud Case

5 years 11 months 1 week ago April 13, 2011 Apr 13, 2011 Wednesday, April 13 2011 Wednesday, April 13, 2011 4:37:00 PM CDT in News
By: Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - The former owner of a southwest Missouri group home where 11 people died in a 2006 fire will serve five years in prison without parole on a federal health care fraud conviction.

Sixty-six-year-old Robert J. DuPont Jr. was sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge in Springfield. His 75-year-old wife, Laverne DuPont, was sentenced to five years' probation.

The DuPonts were each convicted in September 2010 of fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud through their Joplin River of Life ministry. Robert DuPont had previously spent time in federal prison and been banned from Medicaid reimbursement because of a 2002 fraud conviction.

The couple's holdings included the Anderson Guest House for the mentally ill and handicapped, where a fire in November 2006 killed 10 residents and one employee. The homes later closed.

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