Carlos Perez, a former top executive of Bellevue Hospital Center in New York, pleaded guilty to taking bribes from a company seeking contracts with the 788-bed hospital, part of the public New York City Health and Hospitals Corp.
Perez, 56, who was Bellevues senior vice president and executive director from 1997 to 2005, will be sentenced to five years of probation and forfeit $25,000 under a plea agreement entered Nov. 25 in Manhattan Supreme Court, according to Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. Perez solicited a total of $7,500 from Professional Transcription Co. in 2000 and 2001 in exchange for his help getting business for the company at the hospital. Perez pressured his subordinates to give Professional Transcription the contract, though the company didnt get it because it failed to follow through on the bid process, according to a news release from Morgenthaus office.
New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. terminated Perez in May 2005 after he told investigators that hed accepted a personal loan from a vendor, Modern Healthcare reported at the time. -- by Gregg Blesch