The indictment alleges that the men ran about 70 nursing homes in Texas and other states and were responsible for a $200 million operation but hid their control of the facilities. Payroll companies: More than 150 sham payroll companies were created to avoid paying taxes, according to the indictment.

A former Hurst nursing home executive who crisscrossed the Atlantic as part of a tax-evasion scheme pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to cheat the IRS out of $34 million.

As part of a plea agreement, Larry G. May will cooperate with the prosecution of two of his former North Texas business associates, who the government said helped control the nursing homes involved.  May, Stephen Michael Ewing of Bedford and Gary R. Trebert of Frisco were indicted in March on 29 federal counts including mail fraud, making false statements to a government agency, and defrauding the IRS and the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.

May also pleaded guilty Wednesday to perjuring himself by signing false tax returns for 63 nursing homes with payroll taxes totaling $4.45 million.  

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