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Shuttered Edgewater Hospital’s Ex-CEO Rogan Gets Maximum Jail Time For Perjury


Photo: Peter Rogan (Charles Osgood / Chicago Tribune)

The 69-year-old ex-CEO of the shuttered Edgewater Medical Center, Peter G. Rogan, has been sentenced to 21-months jail time for trying to interfere with collections of a $188 million dollar civil judgement against him. That judgement came down after Rogan’s part in a fraudulent health care scheme that lead to the demise of the hospital in 2001. Last week’s sentencing was the maximum an individual could receive for the crime. In addition, U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber ordered Rogan to comply with all previous court orders that pertain to discovery and financial obligations.

Rogan recently admitted to lying in a 2006 federal affidavit, saying he had no control over a multi-million dollar account in the Bahamas. In fact, he was using funds from that account to live a life of luxury in Vancouver, Canada, where he had been living to avoid punishment in the United States.

He had also lied to federal prosecutors, saying he was living on a $800-a-month Social Security check — when he had actually been renting a Vancouver penthouse for $5,000 monthly. According to records, Rogan’s sister wired him more than a half million dollars over six years. That money, prosecutors believe, was also being hidden to avoid paying the civil judgements against him.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew S. Boutros wrote in a government memo,“The defendant’s conduct was abundantly contemptuous and lucrative, as well as exceedingly difficult to detect, investigate, and prosecute. He substantially interfered with the administration of justice.”

After fleeing to Canada in 2006, the FBI raided Rogan’s northwest Indiana offices, only to find it mostly empty. However, Rogan did leave behind a receipt from a shredding company for the destruction of 47 boxes of records. “That’s 47 boxes of God-knows-what in those records that this defendant has destroyed,” Boutros said. “He thought he was above the law.”

Rogan’s attorney, Thomas Breen, argued that the tone of the government was vindictive and inappropriate. He asked for just one year behind bars.

Before Leinenweber handed down the sentencing, Rogan apologized for his actions, saying that the account in the Bahamas was created for legitimate estate tax purposes but became an”asset protection” account. Rogan said, “I deeply regret having misled the court, and I apologize to the court, my family and anyone else that this may have affected.”

The judge still gave Rogan the maximum sentencing of 21 months. Even though money was collected from his “hidden” assets, Rogan still owes tens of millions in the separate civil proceedings against him.


Sources: Chicago Tribune, FBI.gov

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