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The former controller at the Federation of American Hospitals was charged last week in connection with a scheme to embezzle approximately $377,000 from the Washington-based trade association, according to court filings. Doug Mairena, who handled the group’s day-to-day financial operations, faces one felony count of falsely altering the security of an organization. The charge is outlined in a Dec. 6 information filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, an indication he is likely to plead guilty. The document describes how Mairena created duplicate invoice payments and used an erasable typewriter to change check names from the vendor to his own after his superior had signed off on the payment. Through this process, Mairena collected $328,960 between 2003 and 2005, according to the court filings. When the executive assistant to the chief financial officer questioned Mairena about the scheme in 2003, he wooed the assistant to his side by providing him with similar checks, which eventually totaled $48,069. Jeffrey Micklos, the organization’s general counsel, said in an e-mail statement, “We had an unfortunate situation involving an abuse of trust. The matter was identified internally, reported to our board and corrective action was taken . . . [the] filing shows that law enforcement has successfully pursued justice in the case.” The organization is an advocacy and lobbying group of some of the country’s largest hospitals and health systems including HealthSouth Corp. and Tenet Healthcare Corp. The case is the second major embezzlement scheme at a Washington trade association in recent months. In October, the former accounting director of PhRMA, Marcia Campbell, was arrested on charges of embezzling more than $223,000 from the trade association. Mairena could not be reached for comment.
Emma Schwartz can be contacted at [email protected].

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