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Ex-Pasadena hospital construction chief arrested in alleged $3-million kickback scheme

January 28, 2011 |  2:28 pm

A former construction director for Pasadena’s Huntington Memorial Hospital was arrested Friday on federal mail fraud charges connected to an alleged kickback scheme that brought him more than $3 million in illegal payments.

David Hamedany, 54, oversaw a massive hospital rebuilding from 2006 to June 2010, during which he had authority to enter into contracts and approve various invoices for the hospital.

In an indictment handed down Thursday, he allegedly authorized more than $3.8 million in payments to construction companies that later gave more than $3 million to entities controlled by Hamedany or one of his relatives.

He was arrested Friday at his Glendale home after FBI agents on Jan. 11 seized about $480,000 from a bank account into which he transferred about $585,000, authorities said.

The indictment alleges three Northern California companies received most of the money involved in the fraudulent contracts, collectively receiving more than $3 million from the hospital but never performing any any construction work for it.

Hamendany’s 12 counts of mail fraud each carry a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

Huntington Memorial Hospital has fully cooperated in the investigation. Hamendany was slated to be arraigned Friday afternoon in United States District Court.

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