St. Joseph's hospital worker admits stealing over $800,000 in phone and TV fees

A former manager at a Syracuse hospital admits she stole at least $800,000 over 11 years from the envelopes of patients buying television and phone service.

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that Bonnie Simpson of Manlius pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a federal charge of embezzling from a program receiving federal funds. She faces between 18 and 31 months in prison when she's sentenced on Sept. 13.

Simpson has said in court that she stole the money to support an addiction to painkillers.

The 42-year-old Simpson was manager of patient telephone and TV service at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center when she was charged with stealing patients' cash and inaccurately reporting how much they had paid. She resigned in March 2011 after she was confronted by hospital officials.

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