Three former Virgin Islands hospital executives and the former chairwoman of the board overseeing them pleaded not guilty Thursday to embezzlement, conspiracy and several other charges related to alleged misconduct at 123-bed Roy Lester Schneider Hospital in St. Thomas, the Associated Press reported.
According to prosecutors, former Chief Executive Officer Rodney Miller conspired with Amos Carty, who was his chief operating officer, and Peter Najawicz, who was chief financial officer, to steer money from the public hospital into personal accounts. Also charged was June Adams, who was chairwoman of the hospitals governing board.
The executives, according to the lead investigators affidavit, acted in concert as a criminal enterprise within the (hospital) using various tools such as stipend agreements, contracts, letters of direction and various other perks to give the appearance of legitimacy to unlawful transfers and misappropriation of funds.
Miller also may be held in contempt for draining $1.2 million from a credit union account that was supposed to be frozen by a restraining order during the investigation. A contempt hearing was scheduled for today. -- by Gregg Blesch