Ex-Wayne County official gets 7 ½ years for fraud

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DETROIT (AP) — A former top Wayne County official has received a 7 ½-year prison sentence for his role in what federal prosecutors say was a $400,000 health care fraud scheme.

Forty-two-year-old Michael Grundy was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit after pleading guilty in June 2013.

The U.S. attorney's office says that Grundy had a contractor inflate invoices and pass him the cash.

In his guilty plea, Grundy admits that he had the accountant of the health insurer HealthChoice of Michigan fraudulently transfer $400,000 to another company. Grundy was an assistant county executive and was executive director of HealthChoice of Michigan.

Co-conspirator Keith Griffin of Carmel, Indiana, also has pleaded guilty.

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