Former MH resident suing health firm for return of AR tax dollars

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A Missouri health care provider involved in a federal
corruption investigation is being sued by a former Mountain Home resident for the return of any illegally received Arkansas taxpayer money.The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the lawsuit was filed Tuesday by former Mountain Home resident Jim Parsons in Benton County against Preferred Family Healthcare of Springfield, three of its subsidiaries and company officials.
The newspaper reports company officials did not respond to a request for comment.
Parsons says the company received nearly $53 million in state tax funds from 2011 to 2016 and any amount illegally obtained could be determined at trial.Four former company executives have pleaded guilty to conspiracy connected to bribery of at least three former Arkansas lawmakers.Preferred Family was suspended from receiving Medicaid payments earlier this year and its Arkansas clinics have been sold.

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