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2 Wyoming suspects now accused in Indiana hospital fraud

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 8:06 am

POWELL, Wyo. — Two men accused of defrauding Powell Valley Healthcare in Wyoming are now accused of also defrauding a hospital in Indiana.

The Powell Tribune reports federal court documents allege fugitive Paul Cardwell and Michael J. Plake defrauded White County Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Ind., out of more than $800,000 between March 2003 and October 2009.

An indictment alleges Cardwell funneled the hospital's money to a bogus staff recruiting firm that Plake purportedly ran, and Cardwell and Plake would share in the proceeds.

The two were accused in a similar scheme in Wyoming. Cardwell was once CEO of the Indiana hospital before becoming CEO at Powell Valley.

Plake has pleaded guilty to conspiracy.in the Wyoming case. Cardwell appeared ready also to accept a plea deal but disappeared in August.