Two Former Hospital Employees Plead Guilty to Participating in Kickback Scheme at New York City Hospital

WASHINGTON – Two former high-ranking employees of facilities operations at New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) pleaded guilty today to an indictment charging them with conspiring to defraud NYPH, the Department of Justice announced.

 Former vice president of facilities operations, Santo Saglimbeni, and former director of facilities operations, Emilio “Tony” Figueroa, were charged in a four-count superseding indictment filed on June 16, 2011.  Saglimbeni, who was charged on all four counts, was convicted of counts one and two on Feb. 2, 2012.  Figueroa, who was charged on counts one, three and four, was convicted on count one on Feb. 2, 2012.  Counts three and four were severed from that indictment, and Saglimbeni and Figueroa pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan to those counts today. 

 Saglimbeni and Figueroa pleaded guilty today for their participation in a mail fraud conspiracy, which lasted from as early as June 2001 and continued through June 2006.  The scheme to defraud NYPH centered on Saglimbeni, who with the assistance of Figueroa, awarded contracts for the installation and repair of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC), to a co-conspirator’s company in return for kickbacks given to Saglimbeni and Figueroa in the form of cash, goods and services from that co-conspirator.  Saglimbeni and Figueroa also pleaded guilty to a substantive mail fraud offense based upon a payment made to the co-conspirator by NYPH on an HVAC contract awarded in furtherance of the HVAC conspiracy.

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