From the moment you stepped foot in the Broward Health boardroom on Thursday, you knew something was up. The normally chatty crowd was huddled, heads-down and hush-hush. The bare-bones agenda had a last-minute update: “code of conduct.” And when interim CEO Pauline Grant walked in alone, you felt a sense of doom.
Sure enough, moments after Chairman Rocky Rodriguez called the meeting to order, an outside lawyer hired by the system’s controversial general counsel announced probable cause had been found that Grant violated a federal anti-kickback law.
What? Pauline Grant was taking kickbacks? It was like hearing your devout mother had been caught stealing food from the grocery store.