Former Highmark CEO could have charges dropped

AP News
Posted: Apr 04, 2012 10:39 AM
Former Highmark CEO could have charges dropped

Authorities say charges against a former insurance company CEO could be dropped if he successfully completes counseling.

Former Highmark Inc. CEO Kenneth Melani was facing simple assault and defiant trespass charges relating to a fight last week with the husband of an employee with whom he was having an affair.

The Allegheny County District Attorney's Office says in a statement Tuesday that all parties in the matter have agreed to the arrangement.

The charges against Melani will be withdrawn after 60 days pending confirmation that he has received sufficient counseling.

Highmark fired Melani on Sunday. He had been paid about $4 million a year to run the state's largest insurance company.