Former hospital executive lawsuit to continue

Sep 5, 2012

A federal judge has denied a motion by a former St. Vincent Hospital executive facing fraud charges to dismiss a civil suit against him.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that U.S. District Court Judge James Browning recently denied that a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against Richard Crabtree on the grounds that the statute of limitations had expired.

A jury trial in the civil case is scheduled to take place in May 2013.

Crabtree was indicted on felony fraud charges in February for allegedly conspiring with his then-girlfriend, Loretta Mares, to defraud the hospital of about $3 million by directing hospital money to technology companies owned in part by Mares and her brothers. He has pleaded not guilty.