Doctor to plead to fraud

By The Mercury

A Manhattan radiologist is expected to plead guilty Thursday in Texas to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a scheme involving more than $7 million in military contracts.

Dr. Heidi L. Webster, 50, a former official of the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, signed a plea deal that will result in her admission to bribing another military official.

The case revolves around Webster and retired Army Master Sgt. Lawrence Peter Fenti, 42, of New Braunfels, Texas.

Federal prosecutors allege that Webster and Fenti conspired to steer Army contracts to two companies Webster ran in Kansas, which she registered as defense contractors.

The San Antonio Express-News reported that Fenti, a former chief administrator of the center’s radiology department, agreed to plead guilty to accepting a bribe and Webster agreed to plead guilty to giving him one.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Webster was an Army physician from 1995 until 2006, specializing in radiology at the San Antonio center and previously at the Irwin Army Community Hospital at Fort Riley.

After leaving the military, she formed MRI Resources Inc. in 2007 and Pro Veteran Staffing Inc. in 2008, both based in Manhattan and registered as defense contractors.

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