No jail time for corrupt Abbotsford doctor
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, February 23, 2011 8:12AM PST
One of three men facing corruption charges linked to B.C.'s e-health project has pleaded guilty, but Dr. Jonathan Burns won't be facing jail time.
The Abbotsford doctor was in a Victoria courtroom Tuesday to admit to paying a reward and providing an advantage to government officials.
In exchange for the guilty plea, six other charges were dropped and Burns received a three year suspended sentence and must complete 100 hours of community service.
He admits he did not charge for the use of his exclusive rental condo in Kelowna when he offered it to two B.C. officials.
Following that offer, Burns won lucrative health ministry contracts and the ministry also paid to use a device he developed to help doctors treat patients in remote locations.
Former assistant deputy health minister Ron Danderfer and James Taylor, formerly with the Fraser Health Authority, are due in a Victoria court in October on charges linked to a lengthy RCMP investigation into the government's computerization of health records.