Friday, October 13, 2006
The Providence Jrl online is reporting here that after a deliberation of six days, the jury has returned verdicts in the case against former executives of Roger Williams Medical Center. Although the former hospital president Robert A. Urciuoli was convicted of conspiracy and all but one of the mail fraud counts he was charged with, a partner at the assisted living center was cleared of the mail fraud charges against him and a former hospital vice president was found not guilty of conspiracy but convicted of a count of mail fraud.
The Providence Jrl notes that U.S. Attorney Robert Corrente may not be stopping with these verdicts and may be pushing to investigate public corruption as a result of testimony from this case. This could prove particularly beneficial to those who were just convicted as it may provide them with a basis for lowering their sentence in return for cooperation in the future investigations. On the other hand, if the government can secure needed testimony elsewhere, the individuals may have lost their ability to secure a lesser sentence premised upon cooperation.
One thing is for certain, and that is that the Roger Williams Medical Center escaped prosecution via a deferred prosecution agreement. See here. For additional background on the deferred prosecution agreement see here.