A doctor pleaded not guilty Thursday to embezzling $220,000 earmarked for a foundation supporting Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach.
Bruce Allan Hagadorn, 56, of Newport Beach, is accused of taking the money for a charity established while he was chief of staff at Irvine Regional Hospital and putting it into his own medical practice, Canyon Pacific OB/GYN in Irvine, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Irvine Regional Hospital officials voted to donate the money to Hoag’s foundation after it was determined Irvine Regional would close. Hagadom was put in charge of making the $220,000 donation, prosecutors allege.
Hagadorn is also accused of failing to file personal and business income tax returns for several years.
If convicted at trial he could face up to 10 years and four months in prison.
— City News Service
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