Investigators said Kell also transferred ownership of his Vinings mansion several times among organizations he created to stay ahead of the IRS and other creditors.
This was not Kell’s first brush with the law.
In 2001, a Fulton County judge found Kell guilty of Medicaid fraud and tax evasion for for ordering up to three full drug screens a week for clients at his methadone clinic, at $200 a test. The costly tests were repeatedly ordered even though most patients' results were negative, according to the Georgia Attorney General's office.
That money, too, was funneled through the non-existent First Meliorite Church, then located at Kell’s medical office, according to the state attorney general.