Former University Medical Center Vice President Greg Bruce Sentenced For Embezzling Funds
A former University Medical Center vice president has been sentenced for embezzling funds.
Greg Bruce was sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings on Friday morning.
The 46-year-old Bruce pleaded guilty in June of 2013 to embezzling approximately $737,000 from UMC. He originally faced up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
UMC released a statement Friday morning following Bruce’s sentencing.
“After a review of hospital expenses in December 2011, UMC caught former Vice President Greg Bruce embezzling hospital funds. Since that time, UMC has cooperated with federal authorities as they investigated this matter.
With today’s sentencing, UMC is relieved that this matter can now be put to rest and grateful to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI and others who brought this issue to close.
Since Mr. Bruce’s resignation, UMC has taken several steps to further protect hospital funds, including how checks are issued, vendors approved and credit cards used.”
Bruce and Rodolfo Reyes Mata, also known as Rudy Mata, submitted fraudulent invoices to UMC from fake companies ATAM Technology Solutions and B.R. Media Monitoring, causing the hospital to pay nearly $682,000.
Bruce also reportedly made more than $55,000 in fraudulent charges to a UMC credit card.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that Bruce used the funds, in part, to pay Mata’s personal living expenses, educational expenses, and travel and entertainment expenses.
Bruce has been ordered to report to a federal prison in Seagoville, Texas by October 25th. He will also pay more than $737,000 in restitution.