Conn. sys­tem CFO charged with de­fraud­ing em­ploy­ers

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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.

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