- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - The former treasurer of a Houston-based health care system has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for embezzling nearly $3 million.

Joseph S. Antonucci of Houston was sentenced Tuesday and ordered to repay the stolen funds.

Antonucci last fall pleaded guilty to 15 counts of wire fraud, five counts of money laundering and to making a false statement to law officers.

Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Antonucci used money from Patriot Managed Health Care Systems Inc. for private jet travel, gambling in Las Vegas and to pay off his credit card bills.

Investigators say the fraud happened from 2007 through September 2012. Antonucci created false documents and sent emails with bogus financial data to help conceal the embezzlement.

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