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Former hospital worker to pay $1.5 million in restitution

November 14, 2019 GMT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former employee of a major Boise hospital has agreed to pay nearly $1.5 million in restitution for wire fraud.

Boise television station KBOI reports 60-year-old Lois Soito worked for Saint Alphonsus Hospital Systems for 22 years before she was indicted by a federal grand jury in August.

According to court records Soito worked in the accounts receivable department and had access to money raised at the annual Festival of Trees. Prosecutors say starting in 2005 she’d keep checks meant for the hospital and instead deposited them into an employee support team bank account, then writing checks from that account to herself.

Soito agreed to pay the restitution as part of her guilty plea. She is scheduled to be sentenced in February.

Federal wire fraud is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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Information from: KBOI-TV, http://www.kboi2.com