Is the jig up?

The Times published an article  about the ongoing troubles between our county hospital and the children’s hospital yesterday.

It looks like there may be a new party at the table now.  According to the article our county hospital and the children’s hospital colluded to get federal money that they should not have received.

The article quoted a former lawyer for the children’s hospital:

She said that as a governmental entity, UMC could put up money for federal health grants known as intergovernmental transfers. For each dollar UMC put up, the feds put up $1.40, Vogel said. The idea was to use Children’s Hospital’s rent payment for the local match, but federal rules prohibit such an explicit quid pro quo, so the deal wasn’t put in writing, Vogel said.

Liars, cheaters, thieves?

According to the article the children’s hospital recently made claims in front of a federal bankruptcy judge that any rent money that have paid in the past was actually used to scam a federal matching fund program.

We will have to wait to see if the feds take legal action.  We should probably expect them to demand a return of the money.

Will we see this prosecuted as a criminal case?

Can we believe anything that either side says at this point?

We deserve better

Brutus

8 Responses to Is the jig up?

  1. Helen Marshall says:

    And here is the money line: But there was a tacit agreement, Vogel said, that any rent paid would not go to UMC’s bottom line.

    “The taxpayers of El Paso County have already paid for that building,” she said. “There’s no need for Children’s Hospital to pay for it again.”

    BINGO!!! EXACTLY RIGHT!! She let that cat out of the bag. I am waiting for the County Judge or some other dignitary to explain to us WHY UMC owns a building and charges rent on its use when this building was built with taxpayer-funded bonds, not UMC monies.

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    • ManintheMoon says:

      Helen, Helen, Helen they did tell you it was no rent of the property but for the upkeep and maintenances of CH. What we would like the see is the actual cost of upkeep and maintenance like actual documents that support the high cost of these services not just some numbers someone made up. The rent UMC is claiming one would think that everything would be gold plated at least at CH Helen since it’s all for the children. ;O)

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      • Helen Marshall says:

        Sorry I should have said, as with Andy Borowitz columns, the following is satire – or sarcasm, you decide.

        I would guess the City “leadership” thanks its lucky stars everyday for UMC&EPCH, as they are about the only thing that make the City look halfway decent.

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  2. Casual Observer says:

    That low roar your hear coming from the the medical center is the sound of paper shredders.

    Now, we know why the lease agreement imposed by UMC never made sense. As wise men have said through the years, “when things don’t make sense, follow the money.”

    At best, we have questionnable business practices and financial engineering. At worst, we have outright fraud. These disclosures could also have a negative impact on UMC’s bond rating.

    The other revelation from the testimony was that the former CEO of Children’s Hospital expressed dobuts about the legality of UMC using CH money to facilitate the draw-down of fed funds. He resigned shortly thereafter. That’s probably not a coincidence.

    The incompetency of local board members hit an all-time high (or low, depending on how you look at it) when the Children’s Hospital co-chair testified that she really doesn’t understand how the hospital is funded.

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  3. Jerry K says:

    Transparency is not an El Paso value in its government.

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  4. mamboman3 says:

    Will this mean the end of Valenti’s reign or will he be able to slither through another catastrophe to go on to his million dollar bonus?

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  5. Seems to me that a number of people have been saying that it is past time for the FBI to look into this mess, and this sure feels like the time. IMHO, our county judges are looking worse and worse.

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  6. ManintheMoon says:

    The FBI needs to seize all the records or like with other organization in El Paso in the past records just by some magic disappears and not one can account to what happen and the FBI show up after the fact. If fraud has taken place our lustrous DA and Sheriff should also be on the job since to run the scam money for man power had to come from local tax dollars. Would not in the least be surprised it is covered up by all those that should have been keeping an eye on the hen house. Hey it’s El Paso!

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