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Arizona CEO, accomplice accused of embezzling $29 million from health care provider

Dec 25, 2023, 7:15 AM

An Arizona CEO and his accomplice are accused of embezzling $29 million from a tribal health care p...

An Arizona CEO and his accomplice are accused of embezzling $29 million from a tribal health care provider, authorities announced on Dec. 22, 2023. (Pexels Photo)

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PHOENIX — An Arizona CEO and his accomplice are accused of embezzling $29 million from a tribal health care provider, authorities announced Friday.

Kevin McKenzie, 47, and Corina Martinez, 41, allegedly funneled money from Apache Behavioral Health Services (ABHS) to themselves with a pair of contracts serving as a front, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona.

McKenzie, the CEO, is accused of funneling $14 million in fraudulent proceeds to a shell company owned by Martinez. A second contract had McKenzie pay $15 million to Martinez’s company, Evolved, LLC, for referral services that were not completed.

McKenzie and Martinez are said to have split the money and made lavish purchases with it, including a $128,000 Rolls Royce Ghost and a $952,000 home for McKenzie’s family. At least $800,000 in McKenzie’s personal credit card bills were paid off.

McKenzie also is accused of attempting to get a witness to lie to investigators about the scheme.

What charges are the suspects facing?

Both suspects face a combined 40 charges, including:

  • Conspiracy to embezzle from an Indian tribal organization.
  • Embezzlement.
  • Theft concerning programs receiving federal funds.
  • Wire fraud.
  • Conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
  • Conspiracy to commit money laundering.
  • Engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from specified unlawful activity.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation in the case.

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Arizona CEO, accomplice accused of embezzling $29 million from health care provider