A 28-count federal indictment accused the former chairman of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, Stuart Levine, of accepting $9.5 million in kickbacks to steer construction and financing contracts to friends. The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago alleged that the kickbacks included a $1.5 million bribe from the head of a construction company to persuade the board to approve the first new hospital built in Illinois in 25 years. In addition to Levine, 59, the indictment names P. Nicholas Hurtgen, 42, former managing director of Bear Stearns & Co.'s Midwest office, and Jacob Kiferbaum, 52, president of Kiferbaum Construction. The counts against the three men vary, including mail and wire fraud, extortion, misapplication of funds and money-laundering. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald also charged that the men defrauded Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and its charitable trust of more than $6 million from 2001 to 2004. At deadline, the defendants could not be reached for comment. -- by Mark Taylor
Ill. CON official charged with accepting kickbacks
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