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Former top administrator at Sacred Heart Hospital given year in prison

Former top administrator at Sacred Heart Hospital given year in prison

The former chief financial officer of Sacred Heart Hospital was sentenced to a year in prison Thursday for his role in a massive fraud scheme that involved paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks to doctors for referring patients. The sentence imposed on Roy Payawal by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly was far less than what was requested by prosecutors, who called for a term within federal guidelines that could have meant as many as 10 years behind bars. Payawal's attorneys asked for probation. On Wednesday, Kennelly also cut a significant break to the alleged mastermind of the scheme, giving former Sacred Heart CEO Edward Novak 4 1/2 years in prison. Charles...

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