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State accuses ex-public health official of spending $510K on psychic

July 28, 2015
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The former head of a mental health organization in the region is accused of giving $510,000 in public funds to a psychic palm reader in Florida under the guise of health care consulting.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's office said that 68-year-old Ervin Brinker was arraigned last week on charges of Medicaid fraud conspiracy and embezzlement by a public official.

Brinker was fired in February as CEO of Summit Pointe, which is a mental health organization in Battle Creek established by Calhoun County.

Summit Pointe board chair Trae Allman said in a statement that it contacted "appropriate authorities" after learning of spending irregularities.

Matthew Vicari, an attorney for Brinker, said the defense has worked "for some months now" with the attorney general's office.

The Associated Press couldn't reach Brinker, because he has no listed phone number.

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