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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.


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