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Embezzler gets 3 1/2 years in prison

By Mark Pothier
Globe Staff / June 10, 2010

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A former Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center employee who earlier this year pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1 million from the Boston hospital will spend 3 1/2 years in prison.

In handing down the sentence, US District Judge Joseph L. Tauro also ordered Richard P. Webb, 42, of Boston, to pay restitution of more than $1 million and be subject to three years of supervised release following his prison term.

Webb, who worked in the hospital’s Ear, Nose, and Throat Department, pleaded guilty in March to one count of health care theft and embezzlement. Prosecutors said that between 2006 and 2009 he forged his signature on refund checks for hearing aids and other equipment that were written to the department, depositing them in his personal bank accounts.

The case was investigated by the FBI and Boston police and prosecuted by the Boston office of US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.