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Hacienda HealthCare CEO sentenced for misusing state funds

The former CEO of Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix has been sentenced, after being indicted in August 2020 for intentionally misallocating state funds.

William Timmons was sentenced to three years of supervised probation, as well as hundreds of thousands in financial restitution.

Timmons and his chief financial officer were accused of "an elaborate white collar fraud scheme that bilked Arizona taxpayers out of millions of dollars,” according to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

The office says Timmons used separate businesses to sell medical supplies to Hacienda at inflated prices in order to avoid repayments of state funds. 

Timmons stepped down as CEO in 2019, when a patient in a vegetative state unexpectedly gave birth after being sexually assaulted by a Hacienda employee.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.