Ex-hospital director denies embezzling $700,000

Ex-hospital director denies embezzling $700,000

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - A former children's hospital official in central Illinois has pleaded not guilty to embezzling more than $700,000 from the institution over six years.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports (http://bit.ly/1wdB2LW) 55-year-old Margaret "Peggy" Curtin entered the plea Thursday in Sangamon County Circuit Court. The former St. John's Children's Hospital executive director also waived her right to a preliminary hearing. She declined further comment as she left court. She is free on $1 million bond.

Sangamon County State's Attorney John Milhiser said he is considering filing more charges against Curtin. Prosecutors say the thefts happened between December 2008 and her arrest Sept. 22.

Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com

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