Ex-CEO gets 46 months in prison for defrauding Florida hospital

The former CEO of Blountstown, Fla.-based Calhoun-Liberty Hospital received a 46-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to 24 counts of wire fraud and three counts of tax fraud last year, according to TV station WJHG.

Phillip Hill Jr. resigned as Calhoun Liberty's CEO in 2015. After his resignation, the new administration of the hospital found bookkeeping irregularities.

Mr. Hill ordered supplies from eBay and other vendors, but created fake invoices for payments to "Southeasteren Medical Supply." The hospital never received any supplies from the company, and there is no documentation the company existed. Mr. Hill sent checks for the supplies to a lock box he created to receive payments for Calhoun Liberty.

Between March 2010 and August 2015, Mr. Hill allegedly defrauded the hospital of more than $1 million. To conceal the scheme, he filed false federal income tax returns.

Mr. Hill was arrested in May and charged with 24 counts of wire fraud and three counts of tax fraud. He pleaded guilty to the charges in October.

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