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Natasha Lindstrom

A Butler couple accused of bilking Butler Memorial Hospital out of $1.3 million they spent on lavish family vacations, concerts, furniture, credit card debt and help funding their motocross business faces five new charges of tax fraud and evasion, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Stephanie J. Roskovski, 49, a former top executive at the hospital’s parent, Butler Health System, and her husband, Scott A. Roskovski, 50, a former detective with the Butler County District Attorney’s Office, were indicted by a federal grand jury for the second time this year on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said.

Prosecutors say that the couple conspired to defraud the hospital and U.S. government by using Stephanie Roskovski’s corporate credit card for personal use for years, then fabricating documents such as expense reports and business statements in an attempt to conceal their scheme to use the hospital’s money as their private piggy bank.

In January, the pair was arrested and charged with 37 counts, including embezzlement, mail fraud and money laundering.

A second grand jury indictment unsealed this week tacks on five more counts for each defendant related to allegedly lying to the IRS on tax forms, hiding income and making false statements such as claiming more than $85,000 in losses on a “purported private investigating consulting business, identified as ‘Private Investigative Solutions.’’’

Stephanie Roskovski began work at Butler Memorial Hospital in 1994, rising to the position of chief operating officer in 2012. She managed hospital and physician operations and worked with other managers on strategic planning. She was fired in August 2017.

Scott Roskovski was fired from his job in the District Attorney’s Office in August. District Attorney Rich Goldinger said at the time he fired the 20-year employee after a meeting with investigators from the IRS and U.S. Postal Service.

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According to prosecutors, the couple used Stephanie Roskovski’s corporate card for $1.3 million worth of personal expenses, including financing Switchback MX, the motocross business they purchased in 2015 for $1.2 million. Investigators said that to pass off the purchases, Stephanie Roskovski doctored or created fake receipts to make them appear to be work-related, including adding handwritten notes purporting the money went to things like “conference,” “physician recruitment,” and “welcome gifts.”

She also turned in false receipts seeking reimbursement for supposed personal funds she used for work expenses, according to the indictment. The indictment alleged that Stephanie Roskovski altered the paperwork by increasing expense amounts and adding fake receipts after her supervisor signed off.

The reimbursement checks were deposited into the couple’s joint checking account, the indictment said. That money went toward things such as payments toward the couple’s personal American Express cards.

Two fraud charges against the pair are related to alleged false information they included on two loan applications filed with S&T Bank in March and July 2018. They allegedly listed Stephanie Roskovski’s income on both applications as $275,000 even though she’d been fired from the hospital by that point.

The loans were approved for a total of about $1.2 million.

If convicted on all charges, each defendant could face a maximum sentence of more than 30 years in prison and a fine up to $3.1 million, Brady said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting the case with help from criminal investigators from the IRS, FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

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