2017-06-14 / Front Page

Execs Plead Guilty in Delhi Nursing Home Scam

By Lillian Browne

DELHI - There will be no jail time for the two men who pled guilty to skimming money from the accounts of nursing home residents. A negotiated plea and sentence deal was reached in Delaware County Court on Friday, June 9, that will allow Ralph Reid, 54 of Rockledge, Fla., and Ernest Orts, 53, of Herkimer, to instead pay restitution of $61,118.64.

The deal was reached between New York Attorney General Paul Berry and defense lawyers Vincent Accardi and James Hartmann.

The two men were arrested in March 2016 and charged with second-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records. Those charged stemmed from an investigation conducted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

Prosecutors say that during the course of an audit conducted by the attorney general’s office, it was determined that the two men, operators of Leathstocking Healthcare, made false accounting entries in an “attempt to rollover and disguise the theft of funds,” between Dec. 26, 2006 and Oct. 6, 2012.

The case against both men was outstanding in Delhi Justice Court until May 30 when the pair were arraigned on a third-degree grand larceny charge, a felony, in Delaware County Court.

In exchange for the guilty plea to the sole charge, the men will both be sentenced to three-year conditional discharges and required to pay restitution.

They were both released on their own recognizance, scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 7.

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