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Former BHS COO pleads guilty to mail fraud, filing false tax return

May 27, 2020 News Extra

Former Butler Health System COO, Stephanie Roskovski, right, pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of mail fraud and filing a false income tax return.

A Butler woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of mail fraud and filing a false income tax return.

Stephanie Roskovski was charged along with her husband, Scott, in April 2019 for embezzling $1.3 million from Butler Health System. The Center Township couple was accused of defrauding the health care system between 2011 and 2017, among other crimes, including mail fraud, while Stephanie Roskovski was employed as the chief operating officer for BHS.

Stephanie Roskovski appeared by video for the hearing in observance of coronavirus precautions. As part of a plea agreement, she pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of filing a false income tax return.

She will be sentenced Oct. 5, 2020.

Scott Roskovski is expected to enter a change of plea Thursday in a similar set up.

Scott Roskovski, a former detective in the Butler County District Attorney's Office, was fired in 2018 after supervisors learned of the investigation. The two initially appeared in federal court in Pittsburgh in April 2019 and pleaded not guilty to the initial 37 charges, and then again in May 2019 to enter not guilty pleas to five more charges added that month.

According to court documents, the investigation began in 2017 after hospital officials reported suspected financial malfeasance to federal and state authorities. The investigation led to the search and seizure of documents, electronic devices and email correspondences belonging to the Roskovskis during the summer of 2018 and their arrests this past April.

Stephanie Roskovski's guilty plea ends a journey that started in 1994 when she joined BHS as director of Community Health Planning and ultimately was appointed the system's chief operating officer April 22, 2012.

She was suspended by BHS on July 10, 2017, and terminated Aug. 4, 2017.

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