Former Facilities Manager at the Center for Blood Research Sentenced On Felony Kickback Charge

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. Attorney

    BOSTON, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The former facilities manager for the
 Center for Blood Research, a Boston research facility, was sentenced today in
 federal district court on a felony information charging him with violating the
 federal Anti-Kickback Statute by soliciting and accepting moneys from two
 subcontractors who were engaged by the Center.
     United States Attorney Donald K. Stern announced that STEPHEN A. GODWIN,
 age 53, of Marlboro, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P.
 Woodlock to six months of home detention as a condition of two years of
 probation, and GODWIN was ordered to pay immediately a fine of $18,842.
     At today's sentencing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary S. Katzmann noted that
 the evidence showed that the subcontractors were involved in the construction
 and renovation of facilities and laboratories at the Center for Blood
 Research, and that GODWIN, who participated in the review and evaluation of
 their work, solicited and accepted $17,842 in kickbacks from them between 1995
 and 1997.  The prosecutor further stated that GODWIN, while the facilities
 manager, solicited and accepted 13 checks from the two subcontractors.
     U.S. Attorney Stern commented: "The Center for Blood Research was funded
 largely by federal moneys from the National Institutes of Health. The Anti-
 Kickback Statute was designed to ensure that such government contracts and
 subcontracts are administered at arms-length, thereby protecting against the
 erosion of public confidence which results from improper payments."
     The Center for Blood Research assisted fully in the investigation, and is
 not the subject of charges.
     The case was investigated by Special Agents of the U.S. Department of
 Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General, and by the U.S. Postal
 Inspection Service, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary S.
 Katzmann of Stern.
 
 

SOURCE U.S. Attorney
    BOSTON, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The former facilities manager for the
 Center for Blood Research, a Boston research facility, was sentenced today in
 federal district court on a felony information charging him with violating the
 federal Anti-Kickback Statute by soliciting and accepting moneys from two
 subcontractors who were engaged by the Center.
     United States Attorney Donald K. Stern announced that STEPHEN A. GODWIN,
 age 53, of Marlboro, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P.
 Woodlock to six months of home detention as a condition of two years of
 probation, and GODWIN was ordered to pay immediately a fine of $18,842.
     At today's sentencing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary S. Katzmann noted that
 the evidence showed that the subcontractors were involved in the construction
 and renovation of facilities and laboratories at the Center for Blood
 Research, and that GODWIN, who participated in the review and evaluation of
 their work, solicited and accepted $17,842 in kickbacks from them between 1995
 and 1997.  The prosecutor further stated that GODWIN, while the facilities
 manager, solicited and accepted 13 checks from the two subcontractors.
     U.S. Attorney Stern commented: "The Center for Blood Research was funded
 largely by federal moneys from the National Institutes of Health. The Anti-
 Kickback Statute was designed to ensure that such government contracts and
 subcontracts are administered at arms-length, thereby protecting against the
 erosion of public confidence which results from improper payments."
     The Center for Blood Research assisted fully in the investigation, and is
 not the subject of charges.
     The case was investigated by Special Agents of the U.S. Department of
 Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General, and by the U.S. Postal
 Inspection Service, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary S.
 Katzmann of Stern.
 
 SOURCE  U.S. Attorney