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April 11, 2013

Exec tied to AGH art theft lands new job

BEVERLY — The former Beverly Hospital executive who admitted last year to running a “pay to play” scheme targeting contractors on a $50 million hospital renovation is out of jail, and has already landed a new job — one that he says will keep him too busy to perform the community service that was a condition of his probation.

Paul Galzerano, 60, is now living in Haverhill and working for North Andover-based IMEC, a nonprofit that collects and distributes used medical equipment to developing countries, his lawyer said during a hearing Wednesday in Lawrence Superior Court, where he was asking to be excused from his community service requirement.

Last May, Galzerano, a former vice president at Northeast Health Systems, was sentenced to serve 18 months of a two-year jail term after pleading guilty in Salem Superior Court to charges of larceny and commercial bribery. He was paroled last month.

Prosecutors had been seeking four to five years in state prison during his sentencing last year.

Galzerano admitted to soliciting bribes and kickbacks from four contractors seeking to work on a $50 million renovation and expansion at Beverly Hospital. He also admitted to stealing antiques from the hospital corporation, including a grandfather clock and a painting that had once hung at Gloucester’s Addison Gilbert Hospital prior to its 1994 merger into Northeast. The items were later found in his former Groveland home. He also billed pricey antiques to the hospital and had them delivered to his home as well.

As part of the scheme, contractors paid his personal bills, one of them funneling $260,000 to Galzerano through various means, another paying a $95,000 kickback. They also performed work at his home.

Those contractors subsequently admitted to the charges and received varying sentences, including restitution.

The scheme, prosecutors said last year, continued for more than three years.

As a part of his sentence, Galzerano was ordered to serve two years of probation following his release from jail.

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