Former Hospital CFO Sentenced to Federal Prison

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , July 12, 2011

In a six-page, single-spaced letter filed with the court, Roe asked Bryant for leniency, and said he came before her "a broken man." He blamed his downfall on a convergence of problems at work, personal family substance abuse and other domestic issues, financial strains, and an extra-marital affair.

"I have been financially devastated by my crime. I have ruined my reputation in an industry that I loved and was good at," Roe said in his letter. "I ask that you be lenient with me and let me return to society as soon as possible. I want to be a productive member of society. I want to see my grandchildren grow up. I know I have a financial penalty as well and want to begin repaying that as soon as possible. I would never consider doing anything remotely like this again."

However, David B. Fein, the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, said in the government's sentencing memo that Roe created a convincing façade to mask his criminal conduct. "To be sure, at least one person has described Roe as a 'very generous man who would do anything for anyone,' and Roe himself states that his conduct was 'totally out of character' for him. But it is precisely this facade of a good and generous character that allowed Roe to get away with his criminal actions for two years," Fein said.

The prosecutor noted that Roe had complained that he was underpaid, even though he owned two houses and earned more than $500,000 in 2009 at the height of the scam.

"Plainly Roe's moral compass was askew, and his conduct in stealing money not for need, but for what can only be interpreted as sport is deserving of a sentence at or near the top of the agreed-upon guidelines range," Fein wrote in the memo.

Bryant apparently agreed, and sentenced Roe to the maximum 33-month prison term under the guidelines.

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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