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Former HMA executive faces federal obstruction charge

Source: Tampa Bay Times

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A former vice president with Naples-based hospital chain Health Management Associates has been indicted on a charge of falsifying records to impede a federal investigation, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.

Joshua S. Putter, 48, who now lives in Needham, Mass., faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, according to a news release from prosecutors.

The chain will soon be acquired by another for-profit chain, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, pending final approvals.

HMA faces a number of ongoing inquiries by federal agencies, including questions over hospital admissions. But the indictment does not fully describe the accusations against Putter.

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