Orange County, Florida jail psychiatrist Arturo Hernandez-Pena fired after arrest on fraud charges


Sun Sentinel
Records show Arturo Hernandez-Pena, 52, was fired last week
By Jeff Weiner
December 9, 2010

A psychiatrist who used to see inmates at the Orange County jail was fired after his arrest last week on insurance-fraud charges, records show.

Arturo Hernandez-Pena, 52, was arrested while working at 10:35 a.m. on Dec. 1. Records show he was told the day after his arrest that he was out of a job.

Hernandez-Pena is an employee of the Orange County Department of Health and Human Services who works at the jail. The county cited “misconduct” as the reason for his termination.

A letter sent to Hernandez-Pena the day after his arrest said that he had violated provisions of his employment, including “conduct damaging to the reputation of the County.”

The letter also noted that Hernandez-Pena had failed to submit written notification of outside employment to the Corrections Health Services Manager, as required by policy.

Hernandez-Pena was charged with violating patient brokering law, scheming to defraud, third-degree grand theft and false and fraudulent insurance claims, records show.

He was released from the jail after posting $6,000 bail on the afternoon of his arrest. A jail spokesman said the charges were not related to his work.

State records show Hernandez-Pena is licensed to practice in Florida, and has no patient complaints on his record. He had been employed by the county since January 2002.

Attempts to reach Hernandez-Pena by phone on Thursday were unsuccessful. He did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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