Former hospital executive admits stealing $391k from medical association

A former executive at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing $391,600 from an association of medical professionals, according to the Department of Justice.

Deborah A. Morrison worked at Providence Hospital from 1978 until 2016, and most of that time was spent in executive positions. She most recently served as senior vice president of risk management and planning and project integration.

Beginning in 2001, Ms. Morrison was responsible for reviewing bank account statements for Providence Hospital Medical Staff, an association of medical professionals at the hospital. In this role, she had access to the association's checkbooks.

From December 2009 until December 2015, Ms. Morrison wrote 140 checks totaling $391,600 from one of the association's bank accounts and deposited the checks into her personal bank account. She used a signature stamp of a former association president to endorse the checks.

Ms. Morrison pleaded guilty to transportation of money taken by fraud and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. Her sentencing is slated for Oct. 2. She also agreed to pay $391,600 in restitution.

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