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Second Glendale brother sentenced in multi-million dollar fraud scheme

April 23, 2013

The second of two Glendale brothers who masterminded construction contract kickback schemes that bilked Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena and a Bay Area business out of millions of dollars has been sentenced to federal prison.

Tony Hamedany, 58, was sentenced to a 20-month prison term on Monday and ordered to pay $1.54 million in restitution, according to federal prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud in October 2011.

Hamedany’s younger brother, 56-year-old David Hamedany, is currently serving out a three-year sentence at a federal prison in San Pedro.

In his three years overseeing construction for Huntington’s emergency department expansion project, David Hamedany issued about $4.8 million in payments to subcontractors who did little or no actual work, with much of that making its way back to him through kickback payments.

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Tony Hamedany was a construction supervisor for Haywood-based Columbus Manufacturing Inc. and ran a parallel scheme that swindled the artisan deli meat company out of about $2 million, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The two brothers commingled their ill-got gains in joint bank accounts and purchases that included a $1.28-million home on Oakmont View Drive in Glendale, according to property records.

Huntington officials reported recovering most of their losses through criminal and civil judgments against the brothers — including sale of the four-bedroom, three-bath Glendale home — and two others involved in their scams.

Alexander Svidler, 55, of San Francisco pleaded guilty in January 2011 to passing kickbacks to the brothers and was sentenced in October to 18 months in prison.

John Haw, 52, of Aliso Viejo has also pleaded guilty to paying kickbacks in the Huntington scheme.

Haw faces sentencing on May 6.

-- Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com

Follow on Twitter: @JoePiasecki.

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