COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – In federal court Monday, two former Columbus Regional Health employees pled guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion.
In May of 2015, Barbara McFerrin and Jane Adcock were fired from their positions within the finance department of Columbus Regional Health.
McFerrin and Adcock were two of approximately 60 people fired as part of a reduction in force as a cost-savings initiative by the hospital system.
At the time of termination, Barbara McFerrin was the Director of Corporate Finance. Adcock was Accounts Payable Manager and reported directly to McFerrin.
While serving these roles, McFerrin and Adcock made improper charges to credit cards totaling $662,107 for McFerrin and $246,830 for Adcock.
Because McFerrin was responsible for reviewing and approving credit card expenditures and fellow employee Adcock was responsible for paying the outstanding balances, the unauthorized activity took place.
"The activities of these two individuals are completely inconsistent with our corporate culture and the values of our organization. We have a workforce committed to the health and well-being of all members of this community," said Columbus Regional Health CEO Scott Hill. "The criminal actions for which these two individuals will now be prosecuted truly hurt our organization, our employees, our patients and our community— especially at the time they occurred."
Taking money from a non-profit hospital system that was already facing serious financial challenges makes their actions even more destructive and harmful.