A U.S. District Court judge in Charleston, W.Va., has sentenced Samuel Nazzaro Sr., the former administrator of 276-bed Wheeling (W.Va.) Hospital, to five years of probation, including six months of home confinement, for filing false Medicare cost reports.
Nazzaro pleaded guilty in January, admitting to billing more than $1.5 million of personal expenses to Medicare and Medicaid in 1991 and 1992.
The maximum sentence Nazzaro could have faced was five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
U.S. District Judge Charles Haden noted that federal guidelines called for a sentence from 18 to 24 months, but he imposed the lesser sentence because Nazzaro, 70, was in declining health.
Nazzaro, who was chief administrator at the hospital from 1964 until his retirement in 1993, agreed to pay more than $1 million to the hospital in October 1995 to settle a civil lawsuit.