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Steven Ganote, Angela Ganote, Joshua Ganote, and Joshua Burkhart
Prosecutors allege that former Indianapolis nursing home operator James Burkhart, his brother Joshua and friend Steven Ganote earned $16 million through an elaborate fraud and kickback scheme involving government Medicare and Medicaid payments. With this money they used it to finance an extravagant lifestyle consisting of vacation homes at Lake Wawasee in Ohio and Marco Island in Florida; private jets; diamonds; gold bars.
Early Life and Education
Angela Ganote hails from Brownsburg, Indiana in the United States. She attended Hamilton Southeastern High School before later earning a Bachelor of Broadcast Journalism at Indiana State University. Angela currently works as a news anchor and reporter at Fox 59 News channel in Indiana and has two siblings – one brother and one sister.
Ganote was sentenced to five years of incarceration for his part in a $19 million fraud, kickback and money-laundering scheme involving nursing homes. Additionally, he must make payments of $7 million as restitution. Ganote is brother of former American Senior Communities CEO James Burkhart.
Indicted under federal wiretapping statutes, Ganote created Indiana Uniform Company LLC with the goal of selling ASC discharge packages, embroidered uniforms, seasonal door wraps and luggage carts at 200% markup with additional profits generated through accepting discounts and rebates due from ASC.
Ganote joined Oliver Wyman as a Partner in January 2016, serving clients across space, communications, and select defense technology markets. A former executive, he holds both an honors B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.S. in international trade and finance from Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Burkhart is accused of helping American Senior Communities illegally collect approximately $19 Million in overcharges and kickbacks from various high-volume vendors that supply American Senior Communities. On September 29, 2015, the FBI conducted raids at Burkhart’s Carmel home as well as ASC headquarters in Indianapolis as well as other locations to conduct this investigation.
Ganote was among several individuals charged with mail, wire and healthcare fraud as well as conspiring to violate the anti-kickback statute and money laundering. All four appeared for their initial hearing at federal court Wednesday afternoon.
Achievement and Honors
Gretchen has garnered numerous awards and commendations for her outstanding work in oral history. As an accomplished author of three books in this field, her efforts give voice to those who may otherwise remain unsung.
In June 2018 she was honored as a “Distinguished Scholar” at Saint Mary’s Scholars Reception. This honor is reserved for four outstanding tenured faculty whose scholarship and teaching excel.
Ganote settled his lawsuit with American Senior Communities without going to court in 2017. ASC accused Ganote of participating in an expansive fraud, kickback and money laundering scheme that defrauded it and its customers of over $19 million. James Burkhart, ASC’s former CEO and Daniel Benson, its former COO both received lengthy prison sentences as a result.
Angela Ganote is an Emmy award-winning News Anchor currently working for FOX 59 in Indiana. Previously she worked at WCMH Columbus, WLFI Lafayette and WSBT South Bend – she hails from Brownsburg in Hendricks County Indiana with two siblings.
The federal government alleges that former ASC CEO James Burkhart, COO Daniel Benson, contractor Steven Ganote and Joshua Burkhart collectively received $16 Million in illegal kickbacks from vendors that supplied nursing home management services managed by ASC. These four men allegedly spent this sum on vacation homes, private planes, golf junkets, diamonds and gold bullion purchases.
Ganote filed an eight-ground motion for postconviction relief with the circuit court, who summarily rejected five. Ganote was then required to attend pro se at his evidentiary hearing.
Steven Ganote has amassed a net worth of $2.5 Million at 49 years old. Born November 24th 1973, Steven was one of four individuals indicted by Indiana authorities in October 2016 for vast fraud, kickback, and money laundering schemes related to American Senior Communities nursing home chain in Indiana. Steven was sentenced to five years of incarceration as part of an agreement reached between all four defendants; additionally restitution must be paid of $7 Million dollars as per court proceedings.
James Burkhart, Daniel Benson and Joshua Burkhart of ASC were indicted along with Ganote for pocketing discounts and rebates from ASC to purchase luxury goods such as vacation homes, private jet flights, golf trips, expensive jewelry, gold bullion and casino chips using these rebates. According to federal prosecutors, Ganote was among them and worked for FOX 59 as well as working at Lafayette TV station WLFI; South Bend-based station WSBT; Columbus Ohio television station WCMH as a news anchor during this period. Ganote had also worked at FOX 59 news channels WLFI; South Bend-WSBT before returning back into its fold as CEO before it finally folded.