Former Exec Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Hospitals

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A former executive has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he stole about $200,000 from Connecticut and Ohio hospitals.

William Roe of Wilton pleaded not guilty in September to charges of wire fraud, witness tampering, obstruction of justice and other crimes.

But the former senior vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer of Danbury Hospital on Tuesday changed his plea to guilty to one count of wire fraud.

Federal prosecutors say Roe charged Danbury Hospital and St. Rita’s Medical Center of Lima, Ohio, for software and services that were never provided by his own firm, Cycle Software Solutions of Jessup, Pa.

The 56-year-old has been released on bond. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $1 million at his May 22 sentencing.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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