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July 28, 2005

Albany-- An accountant for Phoebe Putney says the annual audit of the hospital's off-shore insurance captive was quote "complete and accurate."

But a doctor who's demanding a forensic audit of the company says the accountant was influenced by Phoebe leaders not to further investigate the finances.

Albany Doctor Charles Gebhardt says an accountant with the firm KPMG at first agreed a forensic audit was needed, to answer legal questions about travel expenses and possible misuse of money associated with Grove Pointe Indemnity.

But Gebhardt says the accountant then decided not to suggest the audit, and even later apologized to Gerhardt, saying he couldn't work against hospital board members and executives who didn't want the audit.

Thursday, the accountant told us that's not true and there's no proof a forsenic audit is needed, given that the annual audit was clean.

The Dougherty County Medical Society voted to demand an independent, forensic audit of Grove Pointe and a review of any travel expense regarding the company.

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