Hopefully, the sound of the prison door slamming shut on this 9.5 year sentence will deter other officials from the culture of corruption and greed we see in this district.”
For his part, Burkhart pleaded guilty to three federal felony offenses: conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to violate the health care anti-kickback statute, and money laundering.
Burkhart used his position as ASC’s CEO to cut secret side deals with over a dozen of ASC’s vendors.
In some cases, Burkhart had vendors inflate their bills to ASC, which Burkhart would pay with Health & Hospital’s money,
His motive was pure greed. He was caught on tape telling an informant, in reference to one of his schemes that netted him over $600,000 per year,
“I ain’t givin’ that up. . . . It doesn’t sound like much money, but it’s money.” Over the six years, Burkhart use the money he stole to buy lakefront real estate on Lake Wawasee, golf vacations,
As Burkhart told the informant, “I’ll get mine, I always told ya, I’ll get mine one way or another.” That was true until 2015, when a vendor Burkhart tried to ensnare went to the FBI.
David Talcott, Acting Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation's Chicago Field Office said,