United Medical Center Worker Fired For Stealing $400K

12:41 PM, Apr 11, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- WUSA 9's Bruce Johnson reports that the United Medical Center in DC has fired an employee, who allegedly stole more than $400,000.

According to sources, the United Medical Center employee submitted bogus overtime pay records for years and was caught by an ongoing audit.

A press release from UMC says that "A preliminary investigation suggests that the amount may be in the range of several hundred thousand dollars over several years; however, it is still being investigated."

According to the release, UMC executives and Huron Consulting discovered an employee "inappropriately manipulated the IT/payroll system to be paid overtime hours" even though the employee is salaried and under Federal Law, salaried employees are exempt from overtime.

Hospital spokesperson Natalie Williams said in the release that in addition to the worker being fired "we have taken all necessary measures to increase controls to further halt manipulation of the systems...Additionally, we are working with our insurance carriers to ensure repayment and recovery of funds."

She continued, "In recent months, the Board has been focused on increasing revenue and reducing expenses throughout the hospital. This recent discovery is attributed to the Board's oversight of hospital operations and the thorough work of Huron Consulting. We are hopeful that the new partnership with Huron will continue to address best ways to improve hospital performance, as well as, the future sustainability of UMC."

The matter was referred to the DC Office of the Inspector General and the Office of the Attorney General, according to hospital officials.

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