Former CHOP executive pleads guilty to financial charges

    Roosevelt Hairston Jr., former general counsel at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has pleaded guilty today to mail fraud, money laundering and filing a false tax return.

    WHYY’s Carolyn Beeler has the details from federal court.


    Hairston, 46, embezzled about $1.7 million from CHOP starting in 1999. Hairston admitted to submitting dozens of fake invoices to the hospital from front companies, and to making up e-mail addresses and stealing the identity of a friend in an attempt to cover up his activities. His lawyer said Hairston is selling two properties to help pay CHOP back the $1.7 million. He will also be responsible for up to $1 million in unpaid taxes to the IRS.

    Look for a full report later from Carolyn.

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