Benzeevi to change plea in Tulare hospital corruption case

Benzeevi is at the center of Tulare County’s largest, most complicated white collar prosecutions, centering on the collapse of Tulare’s public hospital.

The long-running case involving former Healthcare Conglomerate Associates’ CEO Yorai “Benny” Benzeevi could soon come to an end. 

Court documents show that Benzeevi will enter a change to his not guilty plea from 2021 on Friday. 


The backstory: Benzeevi was charged with 40 felonies and six misdemeanors, including money laundering, embezzlement and theft, for his role in operating Tulare Regional Medical Center from 2014 to 2017. 

  • Former HCCA CFO Alan Germany agreed to a plea deal last December, which will keep him out of jail. 

The big picture: Benzeevi is scheduled to appear in the Tulare County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. on Friday. 

  • He faces up to 40 years in prison for his alleged crimes. 
  • The Tulare County District Attorney’s Office has previously estimated that Benzeevi could face a $20 million bill in restitution to the Tulare Local Healthcare District. 
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