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Former CEO of USVI hospital arrested amid probe

Former CEO of USVI hospital arrested amid probe

The former CEO of one of the largest hospitals in the U.S. Virgin Islands was arrested Friday amid a criminal probe into alleged financial mismanagement.
Rodney Miller was charged with one count of fraudulent claims against the government, stemming from an alleged attempt to hide a 1995 criminal conviction when applying for a job at the hospital, according to a government statement.
Miller had pleaded guilty 13 years ago to larceny and obstruction of justice, leading to a bad conduct discharge from the U.S. Navy, according to the U.S. Virgin Islands Justice Department.
His bail was set at US$75,000 on Friday.
Miller's attorney, Adrienne Dudley, declined to comment.
Miller is one of three top administrators being investigated for allegedly using hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to fund lucrative pay packages. He left the CEO post at Schneider Regional Medical Center in St. Thomas last November. A month later, he was named administrator of Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida, but recently quit.
Two other officials, CEO Amos Carty Jr. and CFO Peter Najawicz, are on paid leave.
A U.S. government audit recently alleged that the three colluded with the hospital's board from 2002 to 2007 to hide bloated compensation packages and lied to legislators about available funds.
During that time, the hospital averaged an annual operating loss of US$25.4 million.
Five hospital board members also have been fired.


Updated : 2021-06-22 10:10 GMT+08:00