Tuesday, January 10, 2006
We must insist on ethics and integrity within the health care profession in the first place, but when individuals cross the line and give false information about their level of expertise to enrich themselves at taxpayer expense, then justice must prevail, said Attorney General Abbott. In this case, the health and welfare of nursing home residents could have been threatened when their well-being was placed in the hands of an unqualified individual.
Rhodes pleaded guilty to felony charges of practicing nursing without a license, aggravated perjury and tampering with a government document. The investigation proved he filed fraudulent employee evaluation forms with Medicaid to reflect a professional skill level that would trigger increased salaries. He will serve 10 years probation and pay fines totaling $6,000. He was indicted by a grand jury in August 2005.
The case was prosecuted by Dallas County Assistant District Attorney Julie Wilbanks.