Ex-health Care Official in Texas Accused of Fraud

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HOUSTON (AP) - An ex-treasurer of a Houston-based health care firm has been accused of embezzling nearly $3 million for gambling and buying a home.

A detention hearing has been scheduled Wednesday for 41-year-old Joseph S. Antonucci of Houston.

An indictment unsealed Tuesday upon Antonucci's arrest charges him with 15 counts of wire fraud, five counts related to unlawful use of company money and one count of making a false statement to FBI agents.

Prosecutors say Antonucci was an executive vice president with Patriot Managed Health Care Systems Inc. The fraud allegedly began in 2007 and involved unauthorized withdrawals and transfers from Patriot bank accounts for gambling trips to Las Vegas, private jets and a down payment on his home.

An attorney for Antonucci declined comment Wednesday.