- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The owner of a closed hospital on Chicago’s West Side has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison for bribing doctors to send patients there.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that (https://bit.ly/1H3zWWn ) 60-year-old Edward Novak of Park Ridge was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly.

Prosecutors say he was part of a conspiracy to pay kickbacks of more than $225,000 to several doctors for referring patients insured by Medicare and Medicaid to Sacred Heart Hospital.

Prosecutors said patients also received substandard care.

Novak and others involved in the scheme were arrested and the facility’s license revoked in 2013.

A jury in March convicted Novak and Sacred Heart’s chief operating officer, Clarence Nagelvoort, and finance chief, Roy Payawal. Nagelvoort and Payawal are scheduled for sentencing later this week.

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