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Former Danbury Hospital Exec Pleads Not Guilty: Report



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    The former CFO of Danbury Hospital pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday face fraud charges and a judge is expected to decide today whether to release him on bond.

    William Roe, 56, of Wilton, was arrested last month, posted bail and was arrested three days later. He appeared in court on Thursday.

    He is accused of stealing more than $150,000 from Danbury Hospital and Catholic Healthcare Partners, a not-for-profit health system that operated St. Rita's Hospital in Lima, Ohio.

    Attorneys objected to releasing him on bond, the News Times reports, and the judge postponed the decision until later in the day, the Register Citizen reports.

    Roe served as CFO and senior vice president for Danbury Hospital and he’s accused of submitting false invoices from Cycle Software Solutions, a Pennsylvania software company registered to him, for services that were never provided.

    According to Healthcare Finance News, Roe is accused of misappropriating $166,166 from Danbury Hospital and $33,500 for Catholic Healthcare Partners.

    Roe was arrested in Aug. 17, released on bond and told to have no contact with anyone affiliated with Danbury Hospital not the leave the state, according to a news release from the FBI. He was arrested three days after his arrest in Pennsylvania.

    But, officials say he broke the no contact order just hours after being arrested when Roe contacted Danbury Hospital’s CEO so many times that he was charged with witness tampering and obstruction of justice, the Scranton Times-Tribune reports.

    A federal grand jury indicted Roe last week on one count of wire fraud and two counts of interstate transportation of stolen moneys.

    Roe's attorney, Defense Attorney Richard Meehan, said Roe's family is willing to put up their house as security.

    "He would have to be a total idiot to do this again," Meehan told the Register Citizen.