Former Chicago hospital CEO hit with more federal charges

Ah, you've gotta love the guys who just won't give up. After years of being knee-deep in an operation riddled with bad behavior, the war still goes on for former administrator and co-owner Peter Rogan, the former owner Edgewater Medical Center. Edgewater, a bankrupt Chicago hospital, collapsed in 2002 after years of his management, with a vice president and four doctors heading to jail for various civil and criminal violations.

The latest news is that Rogan has been hit with federal perjury and obstruction of justice charges, part of a long-running battle with the government over $64 million in civil penalties he owes related to a healthcare fraud scheme that brought down the hospital. He was detained this week in Canada this week, reported while returning from China, U.S. officials are seeking to get Rogan back into the U.S. to hold a trial on the new criminal charges.

Two management firms that helped to run Edgewater Medical Center agreed in 2003 to pay $2.9 million to resolve related criminal and civil healthcare fraud cases, involving a colorful string of allegations including hundreds of unnecessary angioplasties and unnecessary hospitalizations and millions in kickbacks.

To learn more about the charges:
- read this Chicago Tribune article