David Hickton http://wesa.fm en PA Hospital Network Agrees to Pay Feds $1.5M for Kickbacks http://wesa.fm/post/pa-hospital-network-agrees-pay-feds-15m-kickbacks <p>Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh say the West Penn Allegheny Health System has agreed to pay more than $1.5 million to settle claims that it violated the law by offering doctors below-market rents so the physicians would refer patients to the network's hospitals.<br /><br />A spokesman for West Penn says the settlement grew out of a self-audit and voluntary report made to federal officials, which was confirmed by U.S. Attorney David Hickton, who announced the settlement. The allegedly illegal activity began in the mid-2000s, with most of it occurring between 2008 and 2012.<br /> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:45:26 +0000 The Associated Press 26121 at http://wesa.fm Feds Charge Founder of PA Cyber Charter School http://wesa.fm/post/feds-charge-founder-pa-cyber-charter-school <p>A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has indicted the founder and former CEO of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School.</p><p>Nicholas Trombetta, 58, is accused of diverting more than $8 million in taxpayer money from Pennsylvania school districts through PA Cyber and several other organizations and into his own hands.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 17:16:22 +0000 Liz Reid 15355 at http://wesa.fm Hickton: Build Trust, Reduce Fear to Create Better Police-Community Relations http://wesa.fm/post/hickton-build-trust-reduce-fear-create-better-police-community-relations <p>"There's this huge disconnect where both sides need each other, but we've got to find a way to get there," said US Attorney for Western PA David Hickton about the need to improve relations between residents and law enforcement.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:54:56 +0000 Kevin Gavin 7735 at http://wesa.fm U.S. Attorney Announces Indictments of 'Uptown Crew' http://wesa.fm/post/us-attorney-announces-indictments-uptown-crew <p>United States Attorney David Hickton announced the indictments of 34 people alleged to be part of Homestead’s “Uptown Crew” for violent offenses and the trafficking of heroin.</p><p>This morning, police arrested 29 of those charged in the criminal operation.</p><p>The investigation into the group was led by the FBI’s Safe Streets Taskforce beginning last year and implemented surveillance, control purchases, confidential tips and wiretapping to collect information on the gang.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:17:33 +0000 Tim Camerato 3337 at http://wesa.fm U.S. Attorney Announces Indictments of 'Uptown Crew'