MATTHEW BECK/Chronicle file
Dr. Eihab Tawfik — Christ Medical Center owner.
Medical center slashes staff

The owner of Christ Medical Center in Crystal River fired nearly all its employees — about 70 in all — late Thursday afternoon after blaming them for a drop in business in recent months.

Outraged former employees took to Facebook to allege wrongdoing on the part of Dr. Eihab Tawfik, who opened the clinic on State Road 44 in 2013.

Many said Tawfik was being investigated by the FBI. Tawfik said in an interview Friday it wasn’t so.