Lawyer Allegedly Steals $1.7M From CHOP

Well-trusted attorney was embezzling from hospital for 12 years, U.S. Attorney says

A long-trusted attorney for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was arrested for allegedly stealing $1.7 million over 12 years, reports the Daily News.

Lawyer and general counsel Roosevelt Hairston Jr., of Malvern, was charged on June 2 for embezzling $1.7 million from the hospital. Hairston held the general counsel position for less than a year until being fired on February 18, 2011, reports the Daily News.

The charges -- mail fraud, money laundering, and filing a fake tax return -- stem from the “financial irregularities” found during an internal investigation according to a CHOP news release.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Hairston was stealing from the hospital over the course of 12 years. Hairston allegedly forged invoices and created fake companies to launder money, the Daily News reports.

Hairston served on the board of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and was appointed by former Mayor John Street to the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board. Hairston resigned from both of these positions within days of being fired from CHOP according to the Daily News.

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