Hospital management company CEO wants money, property released amid investigation

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A judge in California has delayed ruling on a request to release nearly $1 million seized from the former administrator of Tulare (Calif.) Regional Medical Center, according to the Visalia Times Delta.

Here are five things to know:

1. Tulare-based HealthCare Conglomerate Associates previously managed Tulare Regional Medical Center. Benny Benzeevi, MD, is chairman and CEO of HCCA.

2. Earlier this year, the FBI raided Dr. Benzeevi's home. To obtain the search warrant, investigators alleged he engaged in embezzlement and misappropriation of funds and property, fraudulently altering accounts, and theft of money or property under false pretenses, among other felony crimes. However, no charges were filed against Dr. Benzeevi.

3. Dr. Benzeevi's lawyers recently requested property and a bank account seized during the investigation be released. At a hearing Oct. 5, the judge said he would issue a ruling on the request at a Nov. 9 hearing.

4. Items seized include iPads and computers. Prosecutors do not want to return the property because they argue the devices provide the best evidence in the investigation, according to the report.

5. Tulare Regional Medical Center entered bankruptcy in September 2017 and shut down the next month. After ousting HCCA, the local health district entered a management agreement with Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health. The hospital is slated to reopen Oct. 15.

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