Monday, October 25, 2010
Hospital's top cop had 'B-S' degree
The head of security for Kings County Hospital -- hired after the shocking June 2008 death of a psychiatric patient who waited nearly 24 hours for help -- was arrested last month for lying about his credentials, The Post has learned.
John Perfetto, 59, who supervised a staff of nearly 100 hospital cops, was fired Sept. 8 and arrested a week later on felony charges for claiming he had a Bachelor of Arts degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a requirement he needed to get the job, according to sources and court records.
Perfetto was hired to the $86,528-a-year position Jan. 5, 2009, as part of a housecleaning purge meant to address allegations of patient abuse within the East Flatbush, Brooklyn, hospital's psychiatric unit and KCH managerial failures, which were detailed in a civil-rights lawsuit filed by the US Justice Department.
John Perfetto The federal probe followed the June 19, 2008, death of Esmin Green, 49, who collapsed in KCH's psychiatric emergency room after a 23-hour wait.
Perfetto -- who declined comment outside his Norwood, NJ, home -- oversaw the hospital cops who guard prisoners, watch over drug supplies and medical equipment, and protect the safety of patients and staff in the sprawling facility.