Conn. system CFO charged with defrauding employers
William Roe, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Danbury (Conn.) Health Systems, was arrested and faces a criminal complaint alleging he defrauded his current and former employers of $175,000, newly unsealed court documents show. Roe, 54, was arrested Aug. 17 and charged in a sealed complaint with wire fraud and transporting stolen funds. He was arraigned and released that day, and prosecutors subsequently asked the judge to return him to custody because Roe allegedly called and e-mailed Danbury President and CEO John Murphy relentlessly in an attempt to “fix this,” in the words of one e-mail reprinted in court documents. He was arrested again Aug. 20. A public defender assigned to represent Roe did not return a call seeking comment. At Roe’s direction, according to a now-unsealed FBI affidavit, Danbury Health Systems cut two checks totaling $95,000 to a company he owns. Roe is alleged to have gotten $33,500 with the same scheme while he was CFO at St. Rita’s Medical Center, a Catholic Healthcare Partners hospital in Lima, Ohio.