- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) - A former executive at a publicly funded hospital in Cleveland has been indicted with three other men on a slew of charges stemming from a federal racketeering and corruption case.

Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/2eDy1Tr ) former MetroHealth Medical Center chief operating officer Edward Hills and three dentists are accused of providing and soliciting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes.

A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday charges Hills and the others with racketeering conspiracy, bribery, receipt of kickbacks and making false statement on tax returns.

Prosecutors say the group masterminded a series of schemes to accept bribes while working among the hospital system’s hierarchy.

The 56-year-old Hills, of Aurora, worked at MetroHealth for more than two decades and was COO from 2010 to 2014.

Hills’ attorney didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

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Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com

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