Hairston pleads guilty to embezzlement scheme
The former general counsel of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a longrunning scheme to embezzle from his former employer. The U.S. attorney’s office charged Roosevelt Hairston Jr. of Malvern, Pa., with mail fraud, money laundering and filing a false tax return. In his plea agreement, Hairston admitted he stole $1.7 million using fake invoices, shell companies and identity theft. While overseeing medicalmalpractice defense for the hospital between 1999 and 2003, he created fictitious expert witnesses and false invoices for services that witnesses never provided, prosecutors allege in the plea memorandum. He resumed embezzling funds after gaining oversight in 2007 of the hospital’s community and government relations, prosecutors allege. He was released on $700,000 bail and is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 13. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia terminated Hairston’s employment on Feb. 18 after an internal investigation “found evidence of financial irregularities on his part,” the hospital said in a June statement.