The former chief executive officer of 519-bed Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt., was sentenced to two years in federal prison for his role in hiding the cost of a massive expansion project from state regulators. William Boettcher, who pleaded guilty in January under an agreement with prosecutors, will report to a federal prison work camp in Nevada in June. "What you did to public trust ... is permanent and cannot be erased," U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions III said at the sentencing, according to the Associated Press. Executives told regulators the Renaissance Project would cost $173 million when the actual estimated cost was $253 million. Since then, the estimate has risen to about $380 million. Fletcher Allen's former senior vice president and former chief operating officer have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to lie about the Renaissance Project's cost. A former chief financial officer at the hospital is fighting similar charges. As part of his plea, Boettcher agreed to repay a $733,000 severance package he was granted when he resigned from Fletcher Allen two years ago as a scandal about the project's growing cost emerged. -- by Tony Fong
Ex-Fletcher Allen CEO sentenced to two years in prison
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