One of the defendants in the criminal fraud trial of four mid-level Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. executives has entered a plea agreement to avoid a retrial.
On Aug. 25, Carl Lynn Dick, 55, agreed to a "pre-trial diversion agreement," under which he agreed to cooperate with the government's ongoing criminal investigation of Columbia, perform community service and pay restitution.
Details of the agreement have not been released.
In its original indictment, the government charged Dick with one count of conspiracy to commit Medicare fraud. Dick is chief financial officer of Columbia's Central Florida division in Orlando. After a two-month trial in U.S. District Court in Tampa, a 12-member jury on July 2 couldn't reach a verdict on Dick. The jury acquitted one defendant and convicted the other two. All four remain on paid administrative leave.
If Dick fulfills his requirements over the next year, the government won't prosecute him again, said Monte Richardson, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa.
Dick's Tampa attorney, William Jung, declined to comment on the agreement.
The two executives convicted-Jay Jarrell, 44, president of Columbia's Southwest Florida division, and Robert Whiteside, 48, director of Columbia's single- markets division-are to be sentenced on Oct. 15. Each faces up to 30 years in prison and fines of $1.5 million.