Dacco' sentenced to nine years for Milan hospital graft

Appeals court lops a year off original sentence

Dacco' sentenced to nine years for Milan hospital graft

Milan, June 11 - An Italian appeals court on Tuesday sentenced Milanese businessman Pierangelo Dacco' to nine years in prison for embezzling money through the San Raffaele hospital in Milan. This was a year less than the 10 years Dacco' got from the court of first instance in October. According to the court, Dacco' helped create the so-called "San Raffaele system", whereby entrepreneurs who worked under contract for the hospital would intentionally overbill clients and give the difference to Dacco' who used the money for slush funds. He was also found guilty of misappropriating assets and tax fraud. Mario Valsecchi, the former director of the hospital, has already served 2 years and 10 months in prison. Dacco' is also part of a separate multi-million-euro fraud investigation into the Pavia-based Maugeri health-care foundation. Prosecutors say Dacco' spent 4.5 million euros on three yachts and lent them to former Lombardy Governor Roberto Formigoni, an ally of former premier Silvio Berlusconi. Formigoni, who resigned amid swirling scandals along with the rest of the regional government at Christmas, has denied wrongdoing.

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