Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Hurtgen Co-Defendant to Plead Guilty

The attorney for a man charged along with former top Thompson aide Nick Hurtgen in an alleged kickback scheme in Illinois will plead guilty, according to The Associated Press.

Stuart Levine, a former member of the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board, is facing 19 counts of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud, two counts of misapplication of funds, two counts of money laundering and one count of extortion for the scheme involving hospitals in the Illinois counties of Will and McHenry. His defense attorney Jeffrey Steinback said he will enter the guilty plea at a Nov. 1 hearing.

Hurtgen, formerly senior managing director in the Chicago office of Bear Stearns & Co., is facing three counts of mail fraud, three counts of wire fraud and one count of extortion. A new status hearing for Hurtgen is set for Oct. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

Hurtgen's Madison-based attorney, Stephen Hurley, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Another man accused in the scheme, architect Jacob Kiferbaum, has cooperated with investigators since before the May 2005 indictment.

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