PITTSBURGH-A man who formerly supervised construction at a city hospital that authorities said was overbilled by more than $4 million pleaded guilty March 14 to charges that he accepted about $500,000 worth of kickbacks from a construction firm. David Hileman, 75, of Ligonier, Pa., pleaded guilty to mail fraud, failure to file an income tax return, and racketeering conspiracy for kickbacks he took from 1995 to 1998, when he oversaw construction projects at Mercy Hospital. The hospital was billed $19.2 million for the work-$4.2 million too much, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Garrett said. Hileman oversaw construction projects performed by LaMarca Corp. of Monroeville, Pa., and approved false bills submitted by the company. Hileman received cars, a home and cash from LaMarca, Garrett said. Thomas and Susan Burtoft owned LaMarca Corp. and pleaded guilty in 2003 to racketeering, mail fraud and tax evasion. Thomas Burtoft was sentenced earlier this month to 51 months in federal prison. Susan Burtoft is awaiting sentencing. Hileman's sentencing is scheduled for June 21 by U.S. District Judge Terry McVerry, who allowed him to remain free on $100,000 bond until sentencing.
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