A judge dismissed corruption charges against Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, R.I., as part of a previously announced deferred prosecution agreement. Roger Williams, its then-president and two other executives were charged in January in an influence-peddling probe for allegedly hiring a state senator to use his position to promote the 151-bed hospital's legislative interests. The U.S. attorney's office later agreed to dismiss the charges against the hospital if it cooperated in the investigation against the executives and made several major reforms, including appointing a permanent ethics officer. Roger Williams has taken "quick, decisive and effective action to remedy the harm caused by its executives," Assistant U.S. Attorney Gerard Sullivan said. -- by the Associated Press
Roger Williams charges dropped as part of deal
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