- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 30, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The former CEO of a southeast Missouri health care health care network was sentenced Wednesday to nearly three years in prison for submitting falsified federal grant applications and other crimes.

Cheryl Ann White, 56, of New Madrid, pleaded guilty in April to federal fraud charges. She was sentenced in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.

White was chief executive officer of the nonprofit Southeast Missouri Health Network from 2004 to 2013. The agency serves six Missouri Bootheel counties and operates medical, dental and fitness centers in Benton, Bernie, Kennett, Matthews, New Madrid, Portageville, Senath and Sikeston.

White admitted with her plea that she falsified five annual reports and as many as 40 federal grant applications to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also used health center money to pay for a roof on a building she owned.

White also provided insider information to the contractor whose bid was chosen to build a clinic in Bernie, even though his work on other projects was subpar. Federal prosecutors said White received kickback payments disguised as loans in return for the information.



Prosecutors said White also sold a building and trailer to the agency without disclosing that she was the owner; used center money to purchase gifts for a relative; and issued checks to employees, who then gave her cash back.

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