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Section: General News - Former New York state health commissioner Antonia Novello has taken a plea deal to avoid jail time, the NY local TV channel NY reported Friday.
Novello pleaded guilty to felony fraud-related charges Friday morning.
Novello, 64, had been charged in a 20-count indictment with using state workers to run errands, take her on shopping sprees, and act as house servants.
She was ordered to perform 250 hours of community service and pay 22,500 U.S. dollars in restitution. However, Novello is allowed to keep her physician's license, says the report.
Novello is a Puerto Rican physician and public health administrator. She was a vice …