Two former employees of a shuttered Louisiana hospital were indicted in a kickback case that so far has resulted in guilty pleas by the hospital's former administrator and a former marketing employee. Marty Tyrone Johnson allegedly received more than $35,000 in kickback payments for patient referrals in 2000 and 2001 and Wilmer Lee Poindexter allegedly received more than $23,000 in kickback payments over the same period, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Shreveport, La. Attempts to reach the defendants were unsuccessful.
Johnson and Poindexter were marketers for 24-bed A.J. Mullen Memorial Hospital, Shreveport, a geriatric-care and psychiatric facility formerly known as Highland Hills Hospital and Samaritan Hospital. Former administrator Dan Reid pleaded guilty to kickback charges earlier this month, and former marketing executive Lionel Morris signed a plea agreement in July. The hospital closed in November 2003 owing creditors, including employees, more than $1.3 million. -- by Mark Taylor