Posted 12 months ago
By Scott Carlson
(AP) — A Nebraska business executive will serve 21 months in federal prison for trying to bribe a public official for a contract with the Los Angeles County hospital system.
Seventy-one-year-old James Barta of Fremont, Neb., was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. He’ll begin serving his sentence in early January and pay a $125,000 fine.
Barta was president of family-owned Sav-Rx, a national provider of managed care prescription medication.
Prosecutors say that in 2012, then-Chicago Alderman Ambrosio Medrano introduced Barta and a former Sav-Rx employee to a hospital purchasing agent, who really was an undercover FBI agent. The agent agreed to pass $6,500 to a Los Angeles County hospital official who could secure a contract.
Medrano, Barta and the third man, Gustavo Buenrostro of Illinois, were convicted in June.