October 25, 2014
POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - A former Wyoming hospital CEO who disappeared before being tried on charges of defrauding his employers has been arrested in Thailand.
FBI spokesman Dave Joly tells the Powell Tribune Paul Cardwell was arrested early Friday after fleeing in August. Joly says it could take up to a month to return Cardwell to face charges in Wyoming and Indiana.
Cardwell is accused of stealing about $848,000 from Powell Valley Healthcare in Wyoming in 2011 and about $846,000 from White County Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Ind., between 2003 and 2009. He had been CEO of both.
Prosecutors allege Cardwell would send funds to a bogus recruiting firm supposedly run by Michael Plake of West Lafayette, Ind., and that the two split the money.
Plake received a 30-month prison sentence in May.
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