A former hospital CFO has been charged by the FBI with embezzling nearly $2 million from 55-bed North Baldwin Infirmary, Bay Minette, Ala., less than two months after he pleaded guilty to unrelated healthcare fraud in South Carolina. An FBI complaint charged that Robert Ben O'Daniel, 59, transferred $1.92 million from accounts he controlled while CFO at North Baldwin from 2000 to 2003 to a Jackson, Miss., company he owned. In August 2002, O'Daniel told North Baldwin CEO John Eads that he had been indicted for healthcare fraud in South Carolina but was innocent. Eads allowed O'Daniel to remain as CFO. During his employment at North Baldwin, authorities say O'Daniel embezzled money to build a home, gamble, pay off debts and lawsuits, purchase land, and buy a sailboat and Porsche. In September, he pleaded guilty to fraud conspiracy in connection with the South Carolina indictment. He subsequently resigned from North Baldwin. Neither O'Daniel nor Eads could be reached for comment. O'Daniel's Mobile, Ala., attorney William Kimbrough said, "He's got problems, and we're trying to resolve his problems. Whether it will result in a plea agreement or some other form I cannot tell you." -- by Mark Taylor
Ala. hospital CFO charged with embezzlement
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