Thad Krupka, 60, former chief operating officer of 529-bed Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt., pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of lying to regulators about the cost and scope of an expansion project at the facility. In a deal with state and federal prosecutors, Krupka faces six years in prison and will forfeit $170,000 -- part of his earnings during the time the unlawful acts took place, according to a news release by the state attorney general. The state approved the project at a budget of $173 million in 2000, but spending ballooned to $367 million by 2003. Several hospital executives and board members resigned in the midst of a scandal over whether hospital officials had lied to the state about the cost and scope of the project. Fletcher Allen paid $1 million to state and federal authorities in 2003 to settle its liability in the matter. -- by Susanna Moon
Ex-Fletcher Allen COO admits lying to regulators
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