Former MetroHealth executive indicted on bribery charges

CLEVELAND - The U.S. Attorney in Cleveland has announced that the former Chief Operating Officer of The MetroHealth System has been indicted.

An investigation had been underway for over a year into Dr. Edward Hills, the former Chief Operating Officer and former chair of the Department of Oral Health at MetroHealth. Hills resigned his position in December of 2014. Law enforcement agents searched the offices of a business associated with Dr. Hills and two privately-owned dental clinics.

Carole Rendon, U.S. Attorney, and FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Todd Wickerham will be holding a press conference Tuesday to discuss the indictment of Hills, Sari Alqsous, Yazan B. Al-Madani and Tariq Sayegh for "several bribery conspiracies involving hundreds of thousands of dollars."

MetroHealth released the following statement:

"MetroHealth has been informed that four former employees have been charged in the U.S. District Court - Northern District of Ohio. The charges are the result of an investigation that began in 2014, when MetroHealth alerted law enforcement to possible irregularities in one of its departments.

Since then, MetroHealth has cooperated fully with the investigation, and taken corrective personnel and other actions in keeping with our Code of Ethical Behavior. MetroHealth holds all of its employees to the highest ethical standards and non-compliance is not tolerated."

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