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May 12, 2010

BOSTON, Mass. - A Plymouth man was sentenced today to a term of one year and one day in federal prison for embezzling over $200,000 from South Shore Hospital.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Robert Bethel, Inspector in Charge of the United States Postal Inspection Service, announced today that WILLIAM S. BURKE, 38, of Plymouth, has been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of one year and one day, to be followed by two years of supervised release. BURKE was also ordered to pay restitution of $107,488, the un-repaid portion of the funds that BURKE stole from the hospital. BURKE pleaded guilty on February 16, 2010.

In pronouncing the sentence, United States District Judge Rya W. Zobel noted that BURKE appeared genuinely contrite, but that his crime was a serious one which had harmed both the hospital and the public.

At that plea hearing the prosecutor outlined evidence that from 2007 through August 2009, BURKE used his position as the Administrative Director for South Shore Hospital’s Cardiovascular Center to steal charitable contributions and medical supplier rebates. BURKE deposited the stolen funds into a bank account he had secretly opened in the name of the hospital. BURKE stole approximately $222,000 in this manner and used the funds to pay personal bills and expenses. South Shore Hospital employees detected the fraud and reported it to federal law enforcement authorities.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul G. Levenson of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.


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