Rodney Miller and three other former leaders of a Virgin Islands hospital have been arrested and charged with embezzling money from the public facility, according to the Associated Press.
Miller, 36, was chief executive officer of 123-bed Roy Lester Schneider Hospital in St. Thomas from 2002 to 2007, when he took a job as administrator of 690-bed Memorial Regional Hospital, Hollywood, Fla. He resigned in late July when the inspectors general of the Virgin Islands and the U.S. Interior Department released a scathing audit report finding that Miller was paid $1.3 million beyond what he was owed in already padded contracts, and $1.5 million that was supposed to be deferred income was instead deposited into his personal bank account.
Also arrested were three others who were sharply criticized in the report: Amos Carty, who was chief operating officer under Miller and succeeded him as CEO; Peter Najawicz, who was chief financial officer under both men; and June Adams, who was chairwoman of the district board responsible for oversight of the hospital.
In September, according to the Virgin Islands Justice Department, Miller drained $1.2 million from a bank account a judge had ordered frozen. About two-thirds went to accounts held by his wife and mother, and the rest was wired to his lawyers, prosecutors alleged. In court documents challenging the restraining order on Miller's money, Millers lawyer writes that the prosecution has taken on the air of a publicity-driven crusade, and that a lucrative contract is not a crime and no amount of publicity or prosecutorial posturing can make it so. -- by Gregg Blesch