- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Federal prosecutors are recommending a hefty prison term for a former nonprofit official convicted in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme.

U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance has recommended a 27 year prison sentence for 53-year-old Jonathan Dunning, the former Birmingham Health Care CEO, AL.com (https://bit.ly/2dU4eZb ) reported.

Dunning was convicted June 17 on 98 counts that included conspiracy, wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.

Prosecutors said that Dunning diverted to his own companies’ millions of dollars in grant money meant for treating the poor and homeless at BHC and Central Alabama Comprehensive Health Inc. They say Dunning continued to profit from the two agencies, even after he stepped down as CEO, by setting up companies to contract with BHC for services and for lease agreements with BHC buildings.

Prosecutors said in the filing Dunning caused one health care clinic for the poor to shut down, drove another to the brink of bankruptcy and helped spur the collapse of a credit union.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein is scheduled to sentence Dunning Friday.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, https://www.al.com/birminghamnews


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