A federal judge sentenced Robert Urciuoli, the former president and chief executive officer of 146-bed Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence, R.I., to three years in prison for bribing a state lawmaker to advance the hospitals interests. Urciuoli had faced up to eight years in prison for one count of conspiracy and 35 counts of mail fraud. He has vowed to appeal the October 2006 jury verdict that found him guilty. The lawmaker, former state Sen. John Celona, was sentenced to 30 months in prison. Celona pleaded guilty in the case in August 2005 and testified against Urciuoli. Former Roger Williams Senior Vice President Frances Driscoll, who was convicted of one count of mail fraud, was sentenced to eight months in prison followed by eight months of home confinement. Roger Williams was indicted in the case but reached a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. attorneys office. Prosecutors have expanded the ongoing state corruption investigation to several more politicians and corporations, but none have been publicly identified. -- by Mark Taylor
Former R.I. hospital CEO sentenced
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