- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - An ex-printing and mail services manager for a Houston-based hospital chain must serve seven years in prison and repay $9 million in an invoices scam.

Kenneth Joseph Wild II of Katy was sentenced Monday in Houston over bogus billings that began in 2001.

Wild in April pleaded guilty to mail fraud, for stealing millions of dollars through sham invoices submitted to Memorial Hermann Health System. Federal prosecutors say the scheme involved a fake company and invoices for services never provided.

Wild was responsible for approving invoices and forwarding bills for payment, with checks then mailed. Prosecutors say Wild had the checks mailed to a post office box that he controlled.

The 50-year-old Wild was fired amid the investigation that began in March with an anonymous letter received by auditors.

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