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Ex-Grady Memorial Hospital payroll director convicted of embezzlement
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Ex-Grady Memorial Hospital payroll director convicted of embezzlement

ATLANTA -- Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation's former payroll director has been found guilty of stealing nearly half a million dollars from the Atlanta hospital.

Donald Thomas, 55, was convicted of six counts each of theft and wire fraud, and two counts of bank fraud. He will be sentenced in February.

According to information presented in federal court, from January 2008 to June 2011, Thomas oversaw payroll for Grady's 5,500 employees. During that time, he made 134 fraudulent payments to himself by removing fired employees' bank account numbers from their payroll records and replacing them with his own.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Thomas added vacation and severance pay for the former Grady employees, which was deposited into his personal bank account. In at least two instances, he created paper checks for payments to terminated employees, forged their signatures and took the money.

The scheme netted Thomas more than $480,000, according to Yates. He tried to cover his tracks by reversing most of the fraudulent charges.

Thomas was caught when a fired employee called the hospital to say her 2011 W-2 tax form showed more payment than she'd actually earned. An investigation determined Thomas had deposited the employee's additional pay into his bank account.

Grady Memorial Hospital is one of Georgia's largest providers of charitable care and receives considerable federal funding, including Medicare and grants.

"Thomas embezzled from a longstanding public institution that provides medical care to the poor and underserved in the Atlanta area and beyond. By its guilty verdict, the jury has held him accountable for stealing from taxpayers and Grady's patients."

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