Ala. man sentenced in hospital fraud scheme


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former printer service technician has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for defrauding a hospital of nearly $427,000.

U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler Thursday sentenced 36-year-old John David Nichols, of Hueytown, to 27 months in prison. Nichols worked as an on-site computer printer service technician at Children's of Alabama. Authorities say he used the hospital's inventory system to order new printer cartridges that he resold to another company between August 2010 and October 2011.

Nichols pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges in October and is ordered to pay more than $526,900 in restitution.

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