Former CHI hospital administrator indicted in bribery scheme

Lexington, Ky.-based Saint Joseph Hospital's former executive director of facilities, James Newton, has been indicted for his alleged role in a fraud scheme, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

From April 2009 through October 2012, Mr. Newton allegedly arranged for Rocky Williams, a contractor, to receive general contracting work at Saint Joseph Hospital in exchange for illegal kickbacks. Mr. Newton is accused of taking bribes, including a motorcycle, vacations and golf club memberships, from Mr. Williams.

According to the indictment, Mr. Williams submitted invoices for general contracting work to Saint Joseph Hospital and its parent company, Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives.

The two men are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud and each face up to 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines, according to the report.

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