An employee at the Shands Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida, was fired last week after an internal audit of the hospital's accounts payable records revealed $200,000 was illegally funneled from the facility, WJXX-TV reports.
According to the news station, hospital officials first became aware of inconsistencies in accounts payable following a recovery audit provided by a third-party firm. The AP recovery audit showed that thousands of dollars in overpayments went to a company named St. Jude, but there were insufficient records to trace the reason for payments. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office found that checks totaling $98,000 were made out with the name of the fired employee on them.
"A detailed internal audit revealed financial discrepancies and those results were given to JSO and the State Attorney's office last Friday. The employee in question has been terminated," said the medical center in a statement, WJXX reports.
Nancy Abel, who worked in accounts payable at the hospital for more than 26 years, is believed to be responsible for a majority of the fraud. WJXX reports that a hospital investigation beginning in 2009 uncovered the $200,000 in missing funds.
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