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Hospital owner faces sentencing today for massive fraud scheme

Hospital owner faces sentencing today for massive fraud scheme

As the leader of a hospital in one of Chicago's most impoverished neighborhoods, Edward Novak often championed himself as a down-to-earth businessman who brought access to health care to those otherwise ignored. But federal prosecutors say Novak, the fabulously wealthy owner and CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital, in reality had a very different view of the residents of the Garfield Park area he supposedly served. "(Expletive) the community," Novak was captured saying in a secretly recorded conversation in February 2013, weeks before his arrest in a massive fraud scheme he ran from the now-shuttered hospital. "Who gives a (expletive)? You own the place, you do what you want...

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