The former CEO of Summit Point in Battle Creek is facing criminal charges for spending more than half a million dollars in public funds on a fortuneteller.
Summit Pointe is a Community Mental Health Authority, contracted through the State, that provides mental health and behavioral health services to Medicaid consumers.
68-year-old Ervin Brinker was the CEO of Summit Pointe Mental Health Services in Battle Creek until his termination by the Board of Directors on February 17 of this year.
According to reports, Brinker embezzled $510,000 between the dates of May 2011 and November 2012 for alleged consulting services.
Further investigation revealed that the “health care consultant” was actually a psychic palm reader.
On Wednesday Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that his Health Care Fraud (HCF) Division has charged Brinker with two counts of Medicaid Fraud Conspiracy and one count of Embezzlement by a Public Officer, all of which are ten-year felony charges.