COPY-2 hospital administrators face hot-check charges

Associated Press - November 22, 2009 6:24 PM ET

MURFREESBORO, Ark. (AP) - The administrator and chief operating officer of the Pike County Hospital have been arrested on felony hot check charges for allegedly writing bad checks to a physician.

Authorities say 61-year-old Robert Hicks of Oklahoma City and 63-year-old Arthur Clyde Benson Jr. of Richardson, Texas, wrote two checks for nearly $8,900 for salary payments to Dr. George Gray of Little Rock. Hicks serves as the chief operating officer for the hospital while Benson is the administrator.

The two checks were drawn on the First State Bank of De Queen for $3,000 and $5,838. Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir says his office has heard complaints about insufficient funds concerning the hospital, but few people have brought the checks to him.

The arraignment date to enter a plea will be Nov. 30.

Information from: Texarkana Gazette,

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