Former HMA executive faces federal obstruction chargeSource: Tampa Bay Times
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.