Former U.S. Surgeon General Antonia Novello pleaded guilty to a felony charge that she cost taxpayers thousands of dollars while serving as the New York state health commissioner by having public employees do personal chores at her behest. Novello, 64, was facing up to 12 years in prison for the charges, but she accepted a plea deal in which the Albany County prosecutors office will recommend she receive punishment of 250 hours of community service at an Albany health clinic and pay $27,500 in restitution and fines. The 20-page indictment against her said she had New York state workers devote more than 2,500 hours on the clock to personal errands. Novello, a pediatrician, is vice president for women and childrens health and policy at Florida Hospital, Orlando.
Late News: Ex-Surgeon General Novello to pay $27,500 in plea deal
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