A vendor for Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center supplied thousands of dollars worth of meals and gifts to hospital employees in violation of medical center policy, according to an 18-page report released Tuesday by Ohio Inspector General Randal Meyer.
Investigators found that Accu-Tech employee Matt Daugherty filed false expense reports and supplied $4,901 worth of meals and freebies to OSU Medical Center employee Shawn Brown between January 2009 and February 2012. Daugherty reported hosting other medical center workers at cook-outs, happy hours and restaurants but those employees told investigators that they didn’t attend the events.
Daugherty was later hired by the OSU medical center as a network engineer.
The report said Daugherty and Brown met when Daugherty was a vendor representative for Accu-Tech, which had a series of IT contracts with the university. The two discovered that they lived in the same neighborhood and have since become close personal friends, the report said.
University policy expressly prohibits taking gifts from vendors or those seeking to do business with OSU.
Meyer referred his report to the Franklin County prosecutor, Ohio Ethics Commission and Columbus city attorney for further consideration.
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