Former CEO sentenced for diverting public funds to a fortuneteller

Former CEO sentenced for diverting public funds to a fortuneteller

LANSING — The former CEO of a downstate community mental health authority is going to prison after participating in a scheme to divert public funds to a fortuneteller.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that 69-year-old Ervin Brinker of Delton was sentenced to a prison term of two years, eight months to ten years on two counts of Medicaid fraud conspiracy and one count of embezzlement by a public officer. Brinker pleaded guilty to those charges in November. As part of the plea agreement, Brinker will be paying over one million dollars in civil penalties and restitution to Summit Pointe, the Battle Creek group he embezzled from.

The Attorney General’s investigation revealed that Brinker sent over $500,000 to a Key West psychic palm reader and her husband under the guise of health care consulting.