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Hospital receives consumer award


For the 14th year in a row, Uni­ver­sity Hospital has won the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corp.

The award is based on a survey of Augusta households that is part of a larger survey of 250,000 households the company performs each year. Winners in the top 300 health care markets across the country were announced Monday in Modern Healthcare magazine.

Augusta consumers rated University highest in best overall quality, best doctors, best nurses and best reputation/image.

Firm is indicted on import tax charge

ATLANTA — A company in suburban Atlanta schemed to avoid paying millions of dollars in import taxes on cheap notebooks and loose-leaf paper from China by falsifying records and bribing customs officials in Taiwan, federal prosecutors said in an indictment.

Jennifer Chen, chief financial officer of Apego, Inc., entered a not guilty plea on Monday in federal court. The indictment also charges her ex-husband, company CEO Chi Cheng “Curtis” Gung, and Apego with conspiracy and 12 counts of importing notebooks and filler paper from China using false documents.

In other news

RUSSIAN STATE-OWNED oil giant Rosneft sealed a deal Monday to buy TNK-BP, the 50-50 joint venture between BP, the British energy country, and a group of Russian oil oligarchs.