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Former UMC employee faces federal charges

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A former University Medical Center employee is now facing federal charges for embezzling money from the hospital.

On Monday, Greg Bruce, former UMC Vice President of Corporate Services, was charged with one count of mail fraud and aiding and abetting.  According to the documents back in January of 2011, Bruce made a false invoice in the amount of $9,701.45 to be paid by the hospital to a fake company named B.R. Media Monitoring.

The check was then sent through the mail to a P.O. Box that Bruce was controlling.

According to UMC, during an internal investigation in November of 2011 it was determined Bruce had been embezzling money from UMC over a period of years. Bruce resigned one month later, in December 2011.

After the federal charges were filed on Monday, UMC released a statement saying the hospital believed Bruce embezzled as much as $735,000.

UMC says Bruce was VP of Corporate Services from 2006 to 2011, which included overseeing all aspects of marketing, advertising, community sponsorships and physician recruitment. 

UMC's Statement:

"After Mr. Bruce's resignation, UMC dissolved the position of Vice President of Corporate Services and divided the responsibilities among several directors and administrators. UMC has increased its oversight of contracts, vendor relations and credit card use. UMC encourages employees to contact a third-party compliance hotline if they suspect wrongdoing.

"UMC continues to cooperate with law enforcement. UMC is unable to comment further or provide related documents until the U.S. Attorney's office has resolved the matter completely."

Greg Bruce released this statement on Monday afternoon:

"Shortly before Christmas 2011, I informed my employers at UMC I had made serious mistakes and took funds which were not mine, I resigned and voluntarily notified the US Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation about these actions.  

"I continue to fully cooperate with the Justice Department and FBI in their investigation, as I have since the beginning.

"While I have disappointed many, I hope through full cooperation and candor with the Justice Department and others, I can begin repairing the damage I have caused."

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