States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|August 27, 2010||
FORMER HAVEN HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVE ORDERED TO PAY FINE AND RESTITUTION
David B Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that today in Bridgeport federal court, U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill ordered FREDERICK J. DALICANDRO, JR., 45, of Bidwell Street, Glastonbury, to pay a fine in the amount of $2,500 and restitution in an amount to be determined for his participation in a scheme to defraud an investment firm. On November 3, 2009, DALICANDRO pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud stemming from the scheme.
According to court documents and statements made in court, DALICANDRO was formerly employed as director of cash management at Haven Healthcare. Beginning in August 2007, DALICANDRO and Raymond Termini, the CEO of Haven Healthcare, engaged in a scheme to defraud Omega Healthcare Investors (“Omega”), a real estate investment firm located in Maryland. Omega owned nursing homes in Connecticut, Vermont, and New Hampshire, which Omega leased to Haven Healthcare, who operated and managed the homes.
In September 2007, Omega agreed to provide funding to Haven Healthcare for capital improvements to the fire sprinkler systems at two of its facilities, Haven Health Center of Jewett City and Haven Health Center Soundview in West Haven. Omega agreed to reimburse Haven Healthcare for “Actual Costs” of sprinkler improvements for the fire sprinkler systems at the Jewett City and Soundview facilities, up to an amount of $2 million.
DALICANDRO has admitted that he and Termini submitted invoices and checks to Omega in order to obtain the sprinkler funds, but did not intend to use the money for the sprinklers at the facilities. DALICANDRO also has admitted that upon receiving the sprinkler funding, he and Termini did not pay the vendors as they had told Omega they would, and did not spend the funds on the sprinklers.
Judge Underhill has scheduled a hearing for October 8, 2010, to determine the amount of restitution that DALICANDRO will be ordered to pay. DALICANDRO faces a maximum restitution order of $956,090.
On April 20, 2010, Termini was sentenced to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. Judge Underhill also ordered TERMINI to pay a fine in the amount of $6000 and to forfeit $500,000 to the government.
This matter was investigated by the federal Health Care Fraud Task Force, including agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General; Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General and Employee Benefits Security Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Sheldon and Auditor Susan Spiegel.
U.S. Attorney Fein encouraged individuals who suspect health care fraud to report it by calling the Health Care Fraud Task Force at (203) 785-9270, or 1-800-HHS-TIPS.
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