Case of USVI hospital executives ends in mistrial

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Posted: Jun 24, 2011 4:33 PM
Case of USVI hospital executives ends in mistrial

An embezzlement case against three former hospital executives in the U.S. Virgin Islands has ended in mistrial.

A judge dismissed the deadlocked jury Friday.

The trial against Rodney Miller, former CEO of Roy L. Schneider Hospital in St. Thomas, ex-COO Amos Carty and ex-CFO Peter Najawicz lasted six weeks.

They were accused of conspiracy, racketeering and embezzlement. A U.S. government audit accused the three of colluding with the hospital's board to hide bloated compensation packages and of lying to legislators about hospital funds.

Defense attorneys accused prosecutors of wasting their clients' time.

Assistant Attorney General Denise Georges-Counts says the government will seek a new trial.