Alexander Svidler, S.F Businessman, Off to Prison for Bilking Hospital Out of Millions

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Don't do the crime if you don't want to do the time.

A San Francisco man was sentenced Monday to 18 months in jail for taking part in a scheme that defrauded a Pasadena hospital out of millions of dollars.

As if health care costs weren't high enough.

Alexander Svidler, 54, was in cahoots with two other men, also now in jail, to bill Huntington Memorial Hospital and Columbus Manufacturing Inc. for $2.3 million in construction work that was never done, according to federal prosecutors.

Svidler, owner of AA Construction Company and Svala Construction Inc., based in Burlingame, pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud in January.

He admitted conspiring with David Hamedany, former director of construction for Huntington Memorial Hospital, and Tony Hamedany, former director of engineering for Columbus, according to authorities.

From 2007 to 2010 Svidler billed the hospital for construction work that was never done causing $2.5 million in losses. Svidler kept 10 percent of the bogus fees and gave 90 percent to David Hamedany, according to authorities.

Hamedany was sentenced to three years in prison in January and must pay $4.8 million in restitution.

Svidler's companies worked for Columbus where David's brother, Tony Hamedany, was director of engineering. Tony Hamedany got $400,000 in kickbacks from Svidler to keep giving his companies construction contracts, according to prosecutors. Hamedany is scheduled to be sentenced in November.

Svidler, who has already paid $1.35 million in restitution, "lost his moral compass," said Judge Percy Anderson while sentencing him.

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