Jail time for hospital exec turned embezzler

 Jail time for hospital exec turned embezzlerA former official at UMass Memorial Health Care Inc. has been sentenced to two years in jail for embezzling more than $2.5 million from the hospital system through bogus construction contracts.

John Lawler was also ordered by a judge Wednesday to pay $300,000 in restitution.

Lawler pleaded guilty to charges including larceny and bribery.

Prosecutors say the 54-year-old Lawler embezzled the funds from 2003 through 2007 while the senior director of major capital projects at UMass Memorial. He set up fake bank accounts in the name of a construction company, then stole the hospital’s payment checks to the company and deposited the funds in his personal accounts.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that Lawler apologized in court. His lawyer said he suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness at the time of the thefts

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