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Cardwell back in state; held without bond

Paul Cardwell is back in Wyoming — and he’ll be staying for a while.

At a Monday hearing in Cheyenne, U.S. District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal ordered the former Powell Valley Healthcare CEO and alleged confidence man to be kept in federal custody pending an Aug. 9 hearing.

Cardwell, 47, is charged with 15 felony counts alleging he stole close to $848,000 during his seven months as Powell Valley Healthcare CEO in 2011. Cardwell pleaded not guilty to the charges at a March 2012 appearance in Cheyenne, but dropped off the grid in late August.

Despite having turned in his U.S. passport, Cardwell managed to get to Thailand: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations and Royal Thai Tourist Police caught Cardwell there on June 7.

Federal authorities have been slowly but surely bringing him back to Cheyenne since then. Cardwell made an appearance in San Francisco on June 27. It is unclear where he was being held before he surfaced in Cheyenne Monday afternoon.

John Powell, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cheyenne, said Cardwell is facing an additional charge related to the alleged bond violation.

Cardwell reportedly defrauded Powell Valley Healthcare by pretending money was going towards staff recruiting. Instead, prosecutors say it was going to a friend in Indiana, Michael J. Plake, who simply pocketed 25 percent of the money and kicked 75 percent back to Cardwell.

The two men also allegedly ran the same scheme between 2003 and 2009 at White County Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Ind., where Cardwell had previously been the CEO. That scheme reportedly netted close to $846,000. Cardwell has yet to answer to a felony charge in Indiana related to his time at the hospital there.


  • posted by Mike Wilson

    August 01, 2013 1:51 pm

    Hi Michelle. I agree with you but it is unfortunate that clipstein is correct. Powell valley Healthcare article in today's paper shows how negligent Powell Valley Healthcare was in hiring this CEO-TWICE to run the organization. The Hospital Board and the Executive Leadership should be held responsible but because they are not being held responsible M.D.'s, Ph.D's, Directors, Managers and staff in general have left Powell Valley Healthcare. Staff willing to take a stand have left/and are leaving to show their disappointment and lack of faith in leadership.

  • posted by clipstein

    July 31, 2013 7:30 pm

    well michelle......... did you go through what I did? did your house get raided by mistake in address and no apologies?????? did you have a right to an opinion and those opinions happen to be right today........ did you have an editoral wrote that said you did not have a right to an opinion...........and have those same people try to drive you out of town..... so now it is my turn to laugh...........

  • posted by Sarah

    July 31, 2013 6:53 pm

    I agree Michelle. And I'm not sure what malfeance is.... Maybe clip meant malfeasance? Hahahaha!

  • posted by Michelle

    July 30, 2013 6:20 pm

    I left Powell 2 years ago and still have many close friends in Powell. Why is it I can not read an article without seeing some smug comment by Clipstein? I left Powell for no other reason than I hated the winters. I would suggest if Clipstein hates the town so much MOVE! And don't read the Powell Tribune. Wow this gets old listening to this person.

  • posted by clipstein

    July 30, 2013 9:50 am

    does this sound so familiar except they haven't arrested anyone for malfeance.

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