Two former employees have admitted they helped defraud Bristol (Conn.) Hospital of $1.9 million by setting up phony companies and billing the hospital for nonexistent supplies.
Francis Buchiere, 36, of Plain-ville, Conn., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Conn., last month to mail fraud. Beth Thurston, 43, of Kensington, Conn., pleaded guilty to mail fraud and filing a false tax form.
Former hospital purchasing director Nihal Chinniah and former information systems manager Douglas Landeen were expected to enter similar pleas.
Thurston, who worked as a diagnostic technician, admitted that she set up bank accounts for dummy companies and billed the hospital for computers and other supplies that never existed. She also admitted failing to pay income tax on $138,000 she netted from the scheme during 1995.
Buchiere worked for Chinniah in the hospital's shipping department. It was his job to acknowledge receipt of goods shipped to the hospital.