One of the former administrators of Highland Hospital convicted for embezzlement filed an appeal this week to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
James Cheek was sentenced along with Herschel Breig in mid-June to five years in prison. The two were accused of intercepting money that was supposed to be set aside to pay the hospital's payroll taxes.
Cheek has not yet given details of the appeal – only that he disagrees with the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings in Lubbock.
Federal officials say the two former executives cheated the government out of $1.8 million. Highland Hospital has since changed names and been sold to new owners.
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