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Beth Israel Deaconess Employee to Plead Guilty to Embezzling $1 Million

A practice assistant at the Ear, Nose and Throat Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will plead guilty to charges of medical theft and embezzlement. Federal officials allege that during the period between January 2006 and April 2009, BIDMC employee Richard Webb deposited checks made out to 170 Beth Israel Deaconess patients and vendors into his own bank account and stole medical equipment -- including hearing aids -- and returned the items for cash.

A physicians' group at Beth Israel Deaconess filed a civil suit against Bank of America in May 2009 for allowing Webb to submit the checks for payment into his personal account. Click here to read the coverage in the Boston Globe.

If convicted, Webb would face up to 10 years in prison and over $2.1 million in fines.

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