Thursday, May 2, 2013

Former Hospital Worker In Upstate NY Charged With Embezzling As Much As $1 Million; Blames Addiction To Painkilers

From the Syracuse Post Standard on 5/1/13:

A former St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center manager has admitted stealing money from the envelopes of patients buying television and phone service over 11 years.

Bonnie Simson, 42, of Manlius, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge of embezzling from a program receiving federal funds.

Simson was indicted in October 2011 on charges of stealing between $800,000 and $1 million from payments that patients made to get phone and TV service in their rooms.

Simson stole the money to support an extreme addiction to pain-killers, Carroll has said in court.

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