Criminal charges dismissed against Broward Health leaders

A Broward County judge on Monday dismissed criminal charges against five current or former leaders of Broward Health who were accused of violating Florida’s open-meetings law.

The charges stemmed from a series of one-on-one meetings at a hotel and restaurant between board members and former Broward Health General Counsel Lynn Barrett as well as an outside lawyer. The meetings culminated in a board vote in December 2016 to fire interim CEO Pauline Grant on kickback allegations and report the matter to the Office of Inspector General.

Broward Health is one of the largest public hospital systems in the country, but has gone through a tumultuous few years with leadership issues, a mass exodus of doctors and legal investigations.

In December 2017, a grand jury had indicted former Barrett, former Chief Executive Officer Beverly Capasso, former board chair Rocky Rodriguez, and board members Linda Robison and Christopher Ure on misdemeanor charges for violating the Sunshine Law.

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