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Former health care executive from Wilmington to serve prison time

WASHINGTON, DC (WECT) - A former health care executive from Wilmington will serve five years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to defraud the IRS.

Ronald Burrell, the former Chief Executive Officer of Caremerica, Inc., co-owned and operated several assisted living facilities, according to a release from the Department of Justice. Burrell and former Caremerica CFO Michael Elliott pleaded guilty last year.  Both were given five years imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution of more than $4.8 million.

DOJ says one of Burrell's responsibilities was to collect, report and pay federal employment taxes to the IRS.  However, the Caremerica companies accrued more than $4.5 million in employment tax liabilities between 2003 and 2006, according to a news release.  Federal agents say Burrell filed, or caused to be filed, fake IRS forms that reported full payment of employment taxes.

Court documents allege that in 2003, Burrell acquired partial ownership of Partners Pharmacy Services, Inc.  That group provided prescription drug and related services to the assisted living facilities.  In 2005, Burrell sold PPS, received $1.6 million and tried to conceal that from the IRS, according to a news release.

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