Jury finds Rodney Miller guilty of tax fraud
Published: September 5, 2013
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Former Schneider Regional Medical Center chief executive Rodney Miller Sr. is scheduled to be sentenced in December, after a jury in federal court on St. Thomas found him guilty of a tax fraud charge on Wednesday.
Miller was convicted of causing, aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false and fraudulent income tax return for 2006, by deliberately underreporting his income.
The trial lasted two days.
Miller also faces a multitude of other criminal charges in a different case in V.I. Superior Court.
Miller and two other former hospital executives - Amos Carty Jr. and Peter Najawicz - are accused of conspiring and working together to steal large sums of money from the hospital.
The were tried on those charges in 2011, but the six week trial ended in a mistrial on June 24, 2011, when the jury deadlocked and could not come to a verdict on any of the charges after deliberating for five and a half days.
The retrial in that case is scheduled for October.
According to a statement issued Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney's Office, Miller in 2007 willfully filed his 2006 income tax return, knowing that it was false and fraudulent. The statement notes that Miller reported to the IRS total income of $265,198 for 2006, although he knew his total income was $510,947.
The maximum penalty on the conviction is three years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Following his conviction, Miller was released pending his sentencing, although District Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller modified his conditions of release by adding some provisions. The magistrate and the defendant are not related.
Previously, Rodney Miller had been released on a $10,000 unsecured bond with various conditions set.
In her order Wednesday, Judge Miller ordered that Rodney Miller also be subject to GPS monitoring that will be supervised by the Office of Probation in the Virgin Islands.
She also ordered him on a 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew. Rodney Miller was ordered to be at home during those hours, with any deviation from the curfew having to be approved in advance by the Probation Office. Court documents list a South Carolina address for him.
The judge kept Rodney Miller on a $10,000 unsecured bond.
Rodney Miller's sentencing in the matter is scheduled for Dec. 5, according to the release.
Federal prosecutors also may decide to file a charge that was severed from the case - the same charge, but stemming from his 2007 taxes - in Florida, where the tax return was prepared and filed.
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