No surprise given that Loretta Mares also plead not guilty. But in the eyes of the SF New Mexican editor, the story doesn’t rate a bylined article but just a mention in the Local News in Brief.
I’m sure there’s a reason for why the reported dollar amounts of the fraud don’t add up, but to recap the reports:
- April 12, SFNM: According to court documents, the pair diverted $2.5 million worth of money from the hospital between 2005 and 2008. Crabtree, who lives in Castle Rock, Colo., has been formally charged with defrauding the hospital of $500,000.
- March 12, 2012, SFNM: Crabtree allegedly approved payments adding up to $2.5 millionfor bogus or minimal information technology services and then had some of the money funneled back into his bank accounts.
- December 28, 2011, SFNM: The embezzlement didn’t become public, however, until Dec. 26, when the Albuquerque Journal reported that the insurance company that reimbursed the hospital for the loss was suing Crabtree, Mares and several others for the $3.2 million, plus interest.
- December 25, 2011, ABQJ: “Through this scheme, the defendants billed and collected a total of at least $3,238,523.06 from St. Vincent Hospital for sham transactions consisting of payment for claimed services that were either never provided or were billed in amounts grossly in excess of their limited value,” the lawsuit states.
So on the surface, it would appear that CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital collected $3.23852306M from the insurance company, but Crabtree and Mares have only been indicted for a total of about $2.5M. Hmmm.