Former COO of MetroHealth Hospital in Cleveland sentenced for taking bribes

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After being charged for his role in trying to defraud a Cleveland hospital and others through bribes and other kickbacks, an Ohio man was sentenced to over a decade in prison.

MetroHealth Hospital’s former Chief Operating Officer Edward Hills was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. He was found guilty for his role to defraud the hospital and others related to the hospital’s dental program, according to a news release. 

The Aurora man’s restitution will be determined at a later date.

Prosecutors said Hills failed to claim over $165,000 from bribes and other sources from 2011 to 2013.

Officers say the bribes included cash, checks, a Louis Vuitton briefcase, TV, airline flights and an apartment.

U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a statement:

“Dr. Hills violated the trust of taxpayers and the leadership of a hospital dedicated to serving the least among us. Dr. Hills earned this prison sentence by putting his greed above all else, soliciting and taking cash, rent payments, plane tickets, an expensive briefcase and other items as bribes.”

Along with Hills, 34-year-old Sari Alqsous, of Cleveland; 34-year-old Yazan Al-Madani, of Westlake, and 38-year-old Tariq Sayegh, of Cleveland, were found guilty in the conspiracy. 

Officers say Hills, Alqsous, and Al-Madani told people not to cooperate with police during a 2014 investigation into the bribes. 

Three more defendants are scheduled for sentencing this month.

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