Former Calhoun-Liberty Hospital Administrator Phillip Hill is being investigated by state and local authorities after an internal audit at the facility raised red flags.
The County Record questioned the hospital’s interim administrator, Ruth Attaway, who confirmed a criminal investigation is underway and Phillip Hill is the subject of that case.
“While reviewing the financial records of both the hospital and the ambulance service on September 30, we found significant inconsistencies and troubling evidence that led us to believe there was an elaborate criminal scheme to defraud the hospital of a large sum of money,” Attaway stated. “Upon discovering this, we immediately notified law enforcement and have been working with various authorities since the first of October to confirm the extent of these misdeeds.”
Sources indicate a vendor known as Southeasteren Medical Supplies - yes, the “Southeastern” in the company name is misspelled on all materials seized - came under scrutiny during the hospital’s internal audit. No record of the company’s existence could be found despite the hospital and EMS being billed thousands by this “supply company” on a monthly basis for years. The trail eventually led to a post office box in Tallahassee. More details about what was discovered from this point in the case will be released after the investigation is completed.
Hill resigned from the hospital back in August. Attaway confirmed the hospital "ended its relationship" with Hill over "management differences." She emphasized board members had no idea about the financial inconsistencies until after Hill was gone and they began auditing.
Attaway’s full statement and more details will be in this week’s print edition. No arrests have been made at this time as the investigation continues.
The County Record will reach out to Hill today to see if he wishes to comment.
A man who fled from a Liberty County deputy midday Tuesday has been apprehended near Blountstown.
Sources report a warrant was being served on Steven Anderson of Bristol when he attempted to run. The deputy deployed his Taser, Anderson pulled the probes out of his body, then took off on foot toward the Apalachicola River. Searchers from the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, Calhoun County Sheriff's Office, Calhoun Correctional and Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission looked all along the river for Anderson.
According to Calhoun County Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel, a tip led investigators to a home in Clarksville Wednesday where Anderson was believed to have been hiding out. Although he had already left that area, another tip came in Thursday morning reporting Anderson was in a vehicle at Sam Atkins Park. Investigators found him in a car with two individuals. Sheriff Kimbrel said one was a female believed to be his wife. Anderson took off again, heading west.
Around 1 p.m., Anderson was tracked to a power line area just west of White's Air Conditioning off Hwy. 20 where he was eventually apprehended.
Sheriff Kimbrel says both ground and air searches were instrumental in the apprehension. Lt. Randy McCroan, who flies the CCSO helicopter, played a large role in the case. After his arrest, Anderson told authorities he had initially jumped in the river Tuesday, but decided to hit the banks after spotting the helicopter and realizing he could be seen. Earlier today, McCroan was able to zero in on Anderson from the air when he was hiding in the brush near the power line off Hwy. 20. McCroan hovered over him in the helicopter until searchers on the ground could surround the area and make the arrest.
Anderson was booked into the Calhoun County Jail and will soon be transferred to Liberty County.
Call it a mother’s intuition, but one local woman knew something wasn’t quite right about the man who had recently entered her life. A few internet searches and phone calls later and the stranger who had cozied up to the woman and her children was behind bars.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Deputies with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office and agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement are asking for the public’s help locating Dexter Bernard Monroe, Jr., who was last seen Monday afternoon leaving his Tallahassee job, in the Southwood area, wearing a blue and red plaid shirt with black pants.
Mr. Monroe, 24, who lives in Bristol and works in Tallahassee, texted his boss early Tuesday morning advising he would be late, but never made it to work.
He was riding a 2015 Suzuki SFV 650 Gladius motorcycle and usually wears a black leather or Kevlar protective suit over his clothing when riding, as well as a black, full-face motorcycle helmet.
Mr. Monroe is a black male, 6’ tall and 190 pounds with short black hair. Please see attached photos.
If you have information about Dexter Bernard Monroe, Jr., please contact the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 643-2235.
Don’t miss the 29th Annual GOAT DAY festival, presented by the Blountstown Rotary Club, Oct. 17th at Sam Atkins Park in Blountstown. Goat Day is one of the largest arts and crafts show in North Florida and attendance has become an honored tradition across the region.
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