John Pilutti: WakeMed ethics

December 29, 2012 

WakeMed ethics

Regarding your Dec. 23 article: Is there no end to greed and deceitfulness, particularly in corporate circles? Now WakeMed gets the negative spotlight for admitted “false billings.” The WakeMed administrative officers should get no sympathy for knowingly allowing this practice to continue for several years.

WakeMed will only pay a fine for its ill-gotten gains. And, undoubtedly, those gains helped its bottom line during the years of subterfuge. Shame on them.

Just as in the last five years of financial crisis, this practice does not speak well of corporate ethics that allow public and private entities to scam the public and to flout government agencies’ mandate to enforce regulation. Most of us learned long ago that stop signs are not a call for discretionary judgment, but rather a demand to stop. Why do some think rules are only for others?

It should anger anyone that these questionable business practices continue to make victims of millions of taxpayers as unwarranted claims are paid. If caught perpetrating such a crime, would the common citizen be so lucky as to escape with just a fine? We would be held accountable as should those WakeMed administrators who knew of these actions and failed to take appropriate action.

John Pilutti, Raleigh

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