Former Miami Beach health center CEO enters agreement with state

 

The former CEO of the Miami Beach Community Health Center, who has pleaded guilty to federal charges of stealing $6 million from the federally funded facility for the poor and uninsured, entered Wednesday into a cooperative agreement with state prosecutors on additional charges.

Kathryn Abbate was criminally charged in February with participating in an organized scheme to defraud and first-degree grand theft resulting from an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General and state prosecutors, according to an OIG memo released Wednesday. The investigation focuses on the embezzlement and unauthorized compensation of over $7 million from the health center by Abbate and others.

Under the agreement, the state will likely drop the charges once Abbate completes her agreement. The state can re-file the charges if she fails to cooperate. Abbate’s sentence in U.S. District Court is pending.

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