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A doctor pleaded guilty Monday to tax evasion and was sentenced to a year in jail in connection with the misappropriation of $220,000 earmarked for a foundation supporting Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Newport Beach.

Bruce Allan Hagadorn, 56, of Newport Beach, also paid restitution of $103,865 to the state Franchise Tax Board and $250,000 to the charitable foundation and was placed on three years of formal probation.

He has until Nov. 6 to surrender to authorities, according to defense attorney Kate Corrigan, who negotiated the plea deal with prosecutors. Hagadorn is applying for home confinement that will allow him to continue working, his lawyer said.

“It’s a win for all — not only my client, but for the community,” Corrigan said. “The victims have been made whole financially, and, hopefully, he will be permitted to continue servicing his patient base.”

Embezzlement charges against the obstetrician were dropped as part of the plea deal, Corrigan said.

Hagadorn was initially 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. Hagadorn was put in charge of making the $220,000 donation, prosecutors said.

— City News Service 

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