Feds to pay $880,000 for SeaTac detention death
The federal government will pay $880,000 to settle a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by the family of Roxanna Brown who died at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac. The 62-year-old died in May of 2008 of an untreated gastric ulcer.
The Seattle Times reports she was the director of the Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum in Bangkok and had flown to Seattle to give a lecture on Asian art at the University of Washington. She was arrested on a wire fraud indictment out of Los Angeles accusing her of fraudulent appraisals for tax writeoffs.
Detention center officials acknowledged there was no overnight medical staff on duty when she died. The U.S. attorney's office in Seattle agreed to the settlement in exchange for dismissal of all claims.