A 54-year-old Glendale man who accepted more than $3 million in kickbacks while overseeing building projects at Pasadena's Huntington Memorial Hospital was sentenced today to three years in federal prison.
In addition to the prison sentence, a U.S. District Court judge ordered David Hamedany, 55, to pay $4.8 million in restitution for orchestrating the fraud scheme in which he took kickbacks from companies that were paid for work that was never done at Huntington Memorial, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
Hamedany pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud in May 2011.
During his tenure as Huntington Memorial's director of construction, prosecutors say Hamedany set up arrangements with companies that billed the hospital for work that was never done, or that agreed to inflate their prices. They then funneled most of that money to entities controlled by Hamedany.
Federal prosecutors say the resulting loss totaled $4.8 million for the hospital.
Hamedany has so far transferred ownership of his personal residence to Huntington Memorial — in addition to relinquishing claims to vehicles and roughly $500,000 seized last year from a bank account — as part of the restitution plan, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
-- Jason Wells, Times Community News
Photo: The expansion of the emergency department at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena on Friday, October 28, 2011. Credit: Tim Berger / Times Community News