Johnnie Mac Sells, the owner of a nursing home in Festus, Missouri, says he spent $667,000 from medicaid on strippers.

How did conditions get so bad at a Festus nursing home last summer that the state needed to rescue 60 residents?  That question was finally answered in federal court on Wednesday. The owner admitted he stole more than $667,000 from Medicaid and spent much of it on strippers, gambling, pet care and country club fees.  Johnnie Mac Sells, 52, pleaded guilty on Wednesday in U.S. District Court to two counts of health care fraud. The accusations were first made public at the hearing. He could face 37 months in prison at sentencing, set for July 25. He also will have to pay back the money.

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