Local Digest: Children’s Hospital settles federal suit – Washington Post

Children’s National Medical Center has agreed to pay $12.9 million to settle a suit alleging that the hospital submitted false information to receive Medicaid and federal funding, the Justice Department said Monday.

The department alleged that the hospital misreported the number of beds available and its overhead costs when it sought funding from the Department of Health and Human Services and from Medicaid programs in the District and Virginia.

“We actively cooperated with the government to bring the matter to a prompt and responsible resolution,” Kurt Newman, the hospital’s president and chief executive, said in a statement.

The Justice Department said a whistleblower who alerted the government to the alleged fraud, former hospital employee James A. Roark Sr., will receive part of the settlement funds — more than $1.8 million.

— Julie Zauzmer

D.C. police are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident Thursday evening near the U.S. Naval Observatory in Northwest.

A woman was crossing a street about 6:10 p.m when she was struck by a delivery truck near Wisconsin Avenue and Calvert Street. Police said the driver remained on the scene.

Police said the question of who had the right-of-way remains part of the investigation.

Lt. Sean Conboy, a police spokesman, said the victim has not been identified.

— Peter Hermann

Daron Wint, who is charged with first-degree murder in the May killings of three members of the Savopoulos family and a housekeeper, has hired a Fairfax-based law firm to represent him, replacing the public defenders who have represented him since his arrest.

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in D.C. Superior Court at which Sean Hanover is expected to enter his appearance as Wint’s new attorney. Hanover said Monday that Wint’s family retained him Saturday.

Tuesday’s hearing was abruptly scheduled. Wint, 34, was not scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court until June 22, the date of his preliminary hearing. Hanover, who is licensed to practice in the District, said he plans to ask Judge Rhonda Reid-Winston to schedule another date for that hearing.

Hanover declined to discuss the specifics of the case.

— Keith L. Alexander

A 15-year-old in Fredericksburg fatally stabbed two strangers in a fight after a graduation party, police said.

City police said in a statement that the teenager was part of a group who went to the graduation party, then to Cook Out, a restaurant chain known for its milkshakes and the biblical citations on its packaging.

About 2:10 a.m. Sunday, the teenagers got into a fight with adults they did not know.

Outside the restaurant, three of the adults were stabbed. Anthony J. Carter, 28, of Albany, Ga., and Mac O. Hughes, 30, of Portsmouth, Va., were killed. A 29-year-old Stafford resident was wounded.

Police said the three victims were not armed.

The teenager was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and was being held at a juvenile detention center. Police did not identify him because he is a juvenile.

— Julie Zauzmer