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If you were waiting for a quick resolution in the criminal cases of disgraced former Arkansas nursing home operator Joseph Schwartz, you might have to wait longer.

Schwartz, 63, who is facing state and federal charges, recently received another continuance in his case in U.S. District Court in New Jersey.

In January 2022, Schwartz was indicted in federal court in New Jersey on 22 criminal counts that include benefit plan fraud and failing to pay $29.5 million in payroll and unemployment taxes.

Schwartz pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

The discovery in the case is “expected to be voluminous, consisting of, among other things, well over 2.5 million documents,” and additional time is needed for the parties in the case to review the documents.

That’s according to the Oct. 6 order from U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton.

The extra time also will allow both sides to discuss plea negotiations.

A trial date has not been set.

Schwartz also is facing criminal charges in Pulaski County Circuit Court over allegations that he submitted false statements in cost reports and other documentation to the state’s Medicaid program.

His former company, Skyline Health, allegedly exaggerated its costs by $6.3 million and was overpaid by $3.6 million.

Schwartz is also charged with failing to pay more than $2 million withheld from his Arkansas employees’ paychecks to the state from July 2017 to July 2018, according to a news release from the Arkansas attorney general’s office.

Schwartz has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

If you recall, Schwartz is a former insurance agency owner who began operating nursing homes in 2005. Schwartz’s Skyline Health Care LLC ran more than 100 facilities in 11 states and operated above a pizza parlor in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey.

In Arkansas, Skyline Health Care was in charge of 21 nursing homes with locations in Batesville, Little Rock and Fort Smith, among other cities.

The jury trial is scheduled for July 22 through July 31 before Pulaski County Circuit Judge Karen Whatley.

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