Federal court

Jackson employee, two Miami businessmen charged in bribery scheme

 

jweaver@MiamiHerald.com

A Jackson North Medical Center employee has been charged with accepting at least $5,000 in bribes from two Miami businessmen who sought construction contracts with the hospital in the North Miami Beach area.

Douglas Denton, 59, who handled the contracts for Jackson, appeared in Miami federal court Friday to face a charge of conspiring to accept bribes.

Victor Seijas, 45, and Luis Ledesma, 50, who operate a small business called Seico Construction Co., also appeared in federal court to face a separate charge of conspiring to pay the bribes to obtain contracts from Denton between 2010 and 2013.

All three defendants were charged by information, which is a telltale sign that they have been in negotiations with the federal prosecutor in the cases, Pat Sullivan, and are expected to plead guilty to the charges.

Jackson North, which is part of the Jackson Health System, issued a statement Friday, saying that hospital officials became “suspicious of a problem” and reported it to the FBI.

“We assisted and cooperated in the investigation,” Jackson spokesman Edwin O'Dell said. “Jackson will not tolerate any misuse of public dollars. We are committed to pursuing any indication of malfeasance.”

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