Missouri Health Firm Sued For Return Of Arkansas Tax Dollars

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A Missouri health care provider involved in a federal corruption investigation is being sued in Arkansas for the return of any illegally received Arkansas taxpayer money.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the lawsuit was filed Tuesday by Jim Parsons in Benton County against Preferred Family Healthcare of Springfield, Missouri, 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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