COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina nursing home operator has pleaded guilty to defrauding $1 million from South Carolina's Medicaid program.

Attorney General Alan Wilson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that 53-year-old Richard C. Cooke of Lake View pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges related to his operation of six nursing homes in Aiken, Bishopville, Fork, Florence, Kingstree and Fountain Inn.

From 2009 to 2011, those nursing homes were overpaid by more than $1 million as the result of fraudulent cost reports submitted to Medicaid.

Wilson says Cooke will serve a year of house arrest and five years probation. He was also ordered to make restitution and paid $500,000 toward that on Wednesday.

Court records listed no attorney for Cooke.

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