Dirley Jones, 63, and Rita Jones, 62, were arrested Wednesday after being indicted on one count of felony embezzlement and three counts of felony false pretense. The arrests were announced by Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.
The couple, owners and operators of Scott Del Cottage Assisted Living in Booneville, are accused of concealing Medicaid payments for the care of 19 residents and continuing to collect monthly payments for the residents. The scheme allegedly netted the couple approximately $133,000.
The Joneses are also accused of depositing Social Security checks belonging to one resident into their own account in amounts beyond what was actually owed for the services provided to the resident. The indictment alleges the received more than $4,200 from those actions.
Each could face up to 40 years in prison and $55,000 in fines if convicted on all counts.
The attorney general's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is in charge of the investigation.