University of Maryland Medical System paid $115M to companies tied to 27 board members

A new review of the University of Maryland Medical System’s finances uncovered more financial dealings between board members and their organizations than previously known ― revealing nearly $115 million in payments to more than two dozen board members and their related businesses in recent years.

The state’s Office of Legislative Audits, which conducted the probe after a corruption scandal rocked the hospital network in 2019, sent the findings of the 100-page review Friday to key lawmakers in Annapolis. The auditors did not identify board members by name ― and said they could not definitively determine any transactions were “improper” ― but did include a detailed list of payments made to board members they called “vendors.”

“We identified approximately $114.9 million in payments made by UMMS to 27 Board members or their associated businesses between January 1, 2016 and April 18, 2019,” the auditors reported. “Approximately 94 percent ($108.2 million) of these payments were made either directly to a Board member or to an entity with which the Board member (or immediate family member) had a direct financial relationship.”

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