Health Firm Accuses Ex-President of Fraud

Abbey Healthcare Group Inc. charges in legal documents that its former president defrauded the Costa Mesa company, wasn't entitled to $1.2 million in severance pay and wrongly pocketed $67,000 in expense money three days before his Jan. 27 firing.

The home health care company's assertions are part of a counterclaim against Victor M.G. Chaltiel, who had sued the company over his dismissal. The case is pending before an arbitrator in Los Angeles. Abbey contends that Chaltiel, in selling his home-infusion therapy company to Abbey last year, inflated earnings projections and concealed illegal operations of his company, Total Pharmaceutical Care Co.

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