Judge Ortrie Smith dismissed Joplin River of Life Ministries as a defendant in the Guest House fraud case today, leaving owners Robert and Laverne Dupont as the remaining defendants.
Charges were brought against the Duponts, their daughter Kelly Liveoak Wheeler, and Joplin River of LIfe Ministries following an investigation after the November 2006 fire at the Anderson Guest House that killed 11 people.
Robert Dupont is charged with two counts of healthcare fraud, conspiracy to defraud the United States, conpiracy to commit money laundering, six counts of money laundering (promotion), five counts of money laundering (concealment), four count of criminally derived monetary transaction.
Mrs. Dupont is charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and health care fraud.
Kelly Wheeler has pleaded guilty.
The next hearing in the case if set for tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 14.)