JOPLIN, Mo. | A Joplin couple who owned a southwest Missouri group home where 11 people died in a fire is seeking a new trial after being convicted of federal health care fraud.
Robert and Laverne DuPont were each convicted in September one count of fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.
The couple was convicted because they concealed Robert DuPont's role as a principal operator of Joplin River of Life Ministries. That organization operated group homes for the mentally disabled, including Anderson Guest House, where 11 people died in a fire in 2006.
The Joplin Globe reported Monday that defense attorneys argue in their motion that Laverne DuPont filled out license application forms based on her understanding of how principal owner is defined, and that the definition has changed.