Former judge gets 5 years for hospital
A former New
Brunswick judge, and three former hospital executives, were sentenced to
jail terms after being found guilty of defrauding the Miramichi hospital
corporation of nearly $1 million.
Convicted on 40 counts of fraud and breach of trust, former judge Drew
Stymiest (pictured) was sentenced to five
years in prison, the CBC reported.
Former CEO John Tucker was sentenced to four and half years and ordered
to pay more than $600,000. Ian Jamieson, former vice-president of
finance, and Darrel Doucette, former vice-president of support service,
were each given two and half years in jail.
The four had written and cashed illegal cheques that were supposed to be
used to recruit new doctors. They also wrote phoney invoices and
diverted hospital funds into their private accounts, their trial was
They diverted cash away from the hospital corporation through shell
companies, double billing, inflated bonuses and kickbacks between 1994
All were ordered to pay back money to the hospital. Stymiest’s portion
was more than $200,000.
Judge Stephen McNally said the crime went undetected for so long because
of the men’s high professional and social status.
In handing down sentence, Judge Stephen McNally reserved his harshest
words for Stymiest, saying he was an “embarrassment to the judiciary”
and that Canadians expect judges to uphold and administer the law.
“Stymiest’s sole motivation in committing these crimes seems to be
simple greed. The community trusts and expects judges to respect the law
as they administer it.”