A former National Medical Enterprises hospital administrator has been convicted of 31 counts of bribery and conspiracy as part of a scheme to pay for patient referrals to Parkview Hospital, Topeka, Kan.
Mark M. Jackson, 43, and his former marketing consultant, Robert Martinez, 40, were found guilty late last month of 15 counts of corruptly giving more than $40,000 to a former counselor for the U.S. Postal Service during 1990 and 1991. Mr. Jackson was Parkview's administrator until mid-1992.
In addition, the two men were found guilty of an additional 15 counts of aiding and abetting and one count of conspiring to defraud the federal government.
The two men were accused of paying Louis Albert Garcia, 41, who provided assessment, referral and follow-up counseling to Postal Service employees and their families. Mr. Garcia had already pleaded guilty to accepting more than $45,000 for patient referrals to Parkview.
Between November 1990 and December 1991, Mr. Garcia referred 41 patients, which generated $609,198 in revenue to Parkview, according to U.S. Attorney Randy Rathbun.
The two men are scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 14. Sentencing for Mr. Garcia has not been set.
The hospital's parent company and Mr. Jackson's former employer, NME, was not a defendant in the case. However, the hospital company in June entered the largest healthcare fraud settlement in history by agreeing to pay $379 million in criminal fines, civil damages and penalties for fraudulent activities at its psychiatric hospitals. NME has since agreed to divest its psychiatric operations.