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MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR KICKBACK SCHEME DEFRAUDS NEW YORK CITY HOSPITAL

On March 25, 2009, Mariusz Debowski, a resident of Connecticut who was involved in the operations of three businesses in Brooklyn, NY, pled guilty to for his role in a conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”).

Mr. Debowski provided his co-conspirators with false documentation stating that he performed certain construction services and received more than $2.3 million in checks from his co-conspirators. The construction services provided were for the New York Presbyterian Hospital (“NYPH”). Mr. Debowski cashed all of the checks but returned most of the money to his co-conspirators for a fee. The co-conspirators then took false deductions for those payments. The conspiracy took place between 2000 and 2005.

This case arose from an ongoing antitrust investigation relating to contracts administered by Facilities Operations Department and Engineering Department at NYPH and in the Engineering Department at Mount Sinai. In April 2008, Aaron S. Weiner, of Aaron Weiner Construction Inc., pled guilty for acting as a conduit for a million dollar kickback scheme to defraud the NYPH. In 2007, two other people Michael Theodorobeakos and Michale Vignola and their respective companies Monosis Inc and Mister AC Ltd. pled guilty to conspiring to rig bids on various services provided to the NYPH.

Andre Barlow
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