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Owner of raided Chicago hospital free on bond

Published: Sunday, April 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO – A Chicago hospital owner charged in an alleged scheme to provide kickbacks for the referral of patients on Medicare and Medicaid has been freed on bond.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Edward Novak left a federal lockup after his wife ran into a courtroom Friday clutching a $4 million check just in time to post bond.

The FBI raided Sacred Heart Hospital on Tuesday.

In the most startling allegation, federal prosecutors said at least two doctors there endangered patients by intentionally over-sedating them and performing unnecessary tracheotomies in a bid to boost profits.

As a condition for his release, Novak will have to post another $6 million and surrender his passport.

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