A jury found Robert Urciuoli, former president and chief executive officer at 151-bed Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, R.I., guilty of conspiracy and 35 counts of mail fraud for bribing former state Sen. John Celona to advance the medical centers interests in the state Legislature. Urciuoli was found not guilty of one count of mail fraud. An attorney for Urciuoli said he will appeal the verdict. Frances Driscoll, Roger Williams former senior vice president of corporate communications and development, was found guilty of one count of mail fraud. She was acquitted of conspiracy. The jury, in U.S. District Court, Providence, acquitted the third defendant, Peter Sangermano Jr., on all charges. Sangermano, Roger Williams former partner in an affiliated assisted-living center, was charged with conspiracy and 36 counts of mail fraud.
Urciuoli could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the conspiracy count and for each of 17 mail-fraud counts. Eighteen mail-fraud counts carry a steeper maximum prison sentence of 20 years as well as a $250,000 fine. Celona, who pleaded guilty in the case last June, cooperated with federal prosecutors and testified against the defendants. The medical center was indicted in the case as well but reached a deferred prosecution agreement requiring it to cooperate with the government in the criminal proceedings as well as take other steps. -- by Joseph Mantone