Manhattan prosecutors say a Bellevue Hospital executive pressured vendors into doing discounted work at her Long Island home and even giving her statues.
Farideh Tabaei was released on her own recognizance after pleading not guilty to official misconduct. Prosecutors say her $199,000-a-year facilities management director job gives her influence over many contracts. They say she used the post to persuade a stone importer to do over $6,000 worth of work at her waterfront Oceanside home for half-price and give her two stone sculptures valued at $2,000, among other allegations.
The 55-year-old faces up to a year in jail if convicted. The city Health & Hospitals Corp. says it's working to fire Tabaei.