Former high-level Juneau hospital worker accused of making travel expense claims and fraudulent online purchases

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Former Bartlett Regional Hospital senior employee Bradley Grigg was sworn in during his preliminary hearing Friday after he was arrested for allegedly stealing $108,000 from Bartlett Regional Hospital. (Paige Sparks/KTOO)

On Friday, state prosecutors charged a former high-level employee at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau with two counts of first-degree robbery.

State troopers arrested Bradley Grigg, the hospital’s former behavioral health officer, Thursday night for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from the city-owned hospital. He participated in the video call arraignment from Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Court documents detail two crimes: the first involving more than $25,000 in travel-related refunds, the second for more than $25,000 in Amazon purchases.

The felony charges each carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years and up to $100,000 in fines. But Superior Court Judge Marianna Carpeneti said that for the first crimes, the prison sentence is shorter – up to three years. The state is not aware of any prior crimes on Grigg’s case.

District Attorney Jessalyn Gillum said Grigg was accused of stealing from the hospital for several years while in his management role at Bartlett, where his annual salary was $180,000.

“His actions primarily took the form of fraudulent travel and accommodation reimbursement claims on trips that were never made,” Gillum said. “As well as personal expenses, made through his Bartlett-issued shopping credit card, which, in fact, were not for business purposes.”

Grigg’s arrest follows an investigation by the City and Borough of Juneau.

“We learned of this through an internal whistleblower process and have provided these details to the District Attorney for their use,” Deputy City Manager Robert Barr said.

Grigg worked at Bartlett Regional Hospital for four years. He resigned from the hospital last fall, just hours after former CEO Rose Lawhorne resigned and was fired. Almost all of the hospital’s senior staff left after Lawhorne and Grigg left.

Barr says the city and the hospital have tightened hospital spending security “to guard against this type of suspected activity occurring in the future.”

He said that includes a monthly review of all credit card purchases by management and the use of purchase orders rather than credit cards.

Barr would not say at this time whether the city will seek damages in civil court.

“We are interested and look forward to the court process unfolding as it is designed to in our court and justice system,” Barr said.

At his arraignment, Grigg bowed his head as the prosecution pleaded for $25,000 cash bond. He asked the court for a lower amount.

“I’m not a public safety risk,” Grigg told Carpeneti. “I am not a flight risk. There’s no plan, there’s no bought flight or something in order, that would get me out of town. I probably don’t have a job anymore, but, you know, I have a life here.

Carpeneti has set Grigg’s bail at $10,000 in cash and he will be under electronic surveillance. He cannot go to the hospital and he is prohibited from contact with several witnesses in the case. He also cannot leave the city and borough of Juneau, and he cannot visit the airport, ferry terminal, or ports.

Carpeneti pleaded “not guilty” for Grigg to preserve his rights until he finds a lawyer.

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