L.A. NOW

Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Bay Area man sentenced in fraud scheme targeting Pasadena hospital

A Bay Area man was sentenced Monday to 18 months in federal prison for his role in a construction kickback scheme that targeted a Pasadena hospital, authorities said.

Alexander Svidler, 54, admitted that he entered into a scheme in which Huntington Memorial Hospital paid about $2.3 million to his construction companies for work that was never done, the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles said.

Svidler also admitted that he paid at least $400,000 in kickbacks to an official at a Bay Area company, Columbus Manufacturing Inc., to ensure that he would be awarded contracts on a  continuing basis, according to authorities.

"The scheme involved multiple false invoices and billing statements over the years 2007 through 2010," the U.S. attorney's office said in a statement.

Svidler has paid $850,000 in restitution to Huntington Memorial Hospital and $500,000  to Columbus, authorities said.

Authorities said Svidler was involved in the scheme with two other men who have pleaded guilty in the case.

ALSO:

Ex-convict charged with capital murder in Downey slayings

Bus burned, cars flipped after S.F. Giants' World Series win

LAPD called to 'Fort Hernandez' Occupy protest at Van Nuys home

— Robert J. Lopez

twitter.com/LAJourno

 
Comments () | Archives (0)

Connect

Recommended on Facebook


Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video

About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.

Categories




Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: