Antonia Novello, M.D., the former U.S. surgeon general and New York State health commissioner, was arraigned on four felonies and 16 misdemeanors in a New York county court for allegedly having state workers under her supervision perform numerous personal favors and not reporting the perks. Novello, 64, a pediatrician and a vice president for women and childrens health and policy affairs at Florida Hospital, Orlando, pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released without bail. In a 20-page indictment, prosecutors accuse her of defrauding New York taxpayers of more than $1,000 by having state workers perform personal services for her and then failing to report the workers regular and overtime wages on disclosure forms. Novello was the first female to serve as U.S. surgeon general, a role she performed from 1990 to 1993. She served as a state health commissioner from 1999 to 2006. A Jan. 27 report from the New York State inspector generals office publicly accused Novello of having state workers devote more than 2,500 hours of taxpayer-funded employee hours to personal errands such as driving her to the mall, buying her groceries, watering her house plants, moving her furniture and serving as chauffer to her and her family.Submit a letter to the Modern Physician Reader Blog. Please include your name, title, company and hometown. Modern Physician reserves the right to edit all submissions.
Antonia Novello, M.D., arraigned on felony charges in N.Y.
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