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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hospital IT Director Sentenced for Wiretapping

Posted By on Sun, Nov 23, 2014 at 10:56 AM

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Back in June 2009 and through August 2010, Jack York—former information technology director at Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot—was suspected of intercepting phone messages from one of the hospital's physicians and staff. 

On Nov. 21, the 46-year-old was convicted and sentenced to three years of probation by a Bingham County judge, according to KPVI-TV.  

York entered an Alford plea—not admitting guilt, but acknowledging that there's enough evidence for a jury to convict him. Prosecutors dismissed two other counts of wiretapping in exchange for the plea.

Earlier this year, York was also charged with graft theft and accused of stealing $1,000 worth of computer equipment from the hospital, according to the Blackfoot Journal, which also reported that the hospital's chief executive officer, Louis Kraml, was also charged in connection with the wiretapping scheme.

Kraml pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of stalking in the second degree last year as part of a plea agreement and his felony charges were dropped. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, one year of probation, and 100 community service hours, as well as fined $1,000. His jail time was suspended.

The calls between former hospital physician Robert Rossin and his staff were intercepted through a recording system installed by York, but he said he could not remember who ordered him to install it. 

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