Venezuelan Hospital Awarded $21M In Bribery Scheme

Law360, Miami (October 25, 2016, 10:45 PM EDT) -- A Florida judge has awarded $21 million to one of the largest private hospitals in Venezuela and its Florida subsidiary over a scheme in which insiders marked up prices on medical supplies and pocketed the difference.

After a five-day bench trial in September, Judge John Thornton ruled that board members and others at Policlinica Metropolitana CA and its Florida-based subsidiary Medex Trading LLC swindled the company out of millions over the course of a decade. On Friday, he awarded the company $21 million against several defendants, including former Policlinica general director Luis A. Benezra and director of finance Juan A. Puigbo....

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