Abdelhak free of many charges
* A Pittsburgh judge dismissed a slew of charges against Sherif Abdelhak last week, but the former chief executive officer of the now-defunct Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation still faces one felony count of theft by unlawful taking and 299 misdemeanor counts of misapplication of entrusted property. Responding to Abdelhak's motion to dismiss, Senior Common Pleas Judge Raymond Novak dismissed nearly 300 felony theft counts. Abdelhak faces trial in Pittsburgh on Sept. 3 for illegally using charitable endowment funds to prop up the failing health system.
Former VP sentenced
* A former vice president of underwriting at United HealthCare, Minnetonka, Minn., was sentenced last week to 31/2 years in prison for insider trading. Michael Mooney, 48, also was ordered to pay a $150,000 fine and forfeit $70,000 in relation to his conviction last October on 17 counts of mail and securities fraud and money laundering. Mooney was accused of illegally trading on insider information when he bought call options on United HealthCare stock in 1995 before its merger with MetraHealth Cos., McLean, Va. He will begin his sentence Oct. 2.
Board reprimands doc
* David Arndt, the Massachusetts physician suspended by the state medical board earlier this month for leaving a patient on the operating table while he went to the bank, faces more bad news. The state Board of Registration in Medicine reprimanded Arndt last week in connection with a conviction on a 1998 Louisiana charge that he filed a false affidavit to help his lover remain in the U.S. illegally. Arndt, 41, pleaded guilty to the charge in 1998 and was sentenced to three years' probation and fined $3,000. The Massachusetts medical board ordered him to complete 100 hours of community service in addition to his suspension for leaving an operation July 10 at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge.