Squirrel Hill Psychiatrist Kenneth Stanko gets the slammer on drug charges

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Pennsylvania FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, August 11, 2017 Pittsburgh Psychiatrist Sentenced to Prison for Health Care Fraud, Illegally Distributing Oxycodone PITTSBURGH- A Squirrel Hill psychiatrist has been sentenced in federal court to a year and a day in prison, followed by three years of supervised release […]

Kenneth Stanko, Shady Penn. Psychiatrist, Faces 30 years in the slammer

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Shadyside psychiatrist pleads guilty to drug distribution, fraud January 20, 2017 By Torsten Ove A Shadyside psychiatrist on Friday admitted that he distributed oxycodone to addicts for cash and submitted false claims for prescriptions to health insurance companies. Dr. Kenneth Stanko, 67, who had a practice on Shady Avenue, had been charged by […]

NJ Psychiatrist Clarence Verdell, Indicted For Illegally Selling Drugs

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Pennsylvania FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Fourth Suboxone Doctor And Office Manager Indicted For Illegally Selling Prescriptions Of Suboxone And Klonopin PHILADELPHIA – An indictment was filed today charging a doctor and his office manager in a scheme to sell commonly abused prescription drugs […]

Clarence Verdell, Philadelphia Psychiatrist, Suspended by State, says stories like his have a chilling effect on psychiatrists

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette OVERDOSED special report Suboxone doctor drew DEA search By Rich Lord May 23, 2016 Though charged with no crime, Clarence R. Verdell, M.D., had to halt his 28-year work as a psychiatrist serving hard-pressed Philadelphia neighborhoods after a Drug Enforcement Administration search focused on his prescribing to addicts. The search led the state […]

Satyendra Diwan, Sleazebag Penn. Psychiatrist Exposed

Fox 29 FOX 29 Investigates: Delco Psychiatrist Sex Abuse Claims A psychiatrist accused of groping, kissing, even exposing himself to patients, gives up his license. But now says he was pressured into admitting things he didn’t do. This, as others step forward. NOTE: We want to caution you about some of the content. By Jeff […]

Jopinder Harika, Penn. Psychiatrist, has until the end of the week to report to prison – Medicaid Fraud

Reading Eagle Judge orders psychiatrist to Berks County Prison By Stephanie Weaver April 5, 2016 READING, PA – After failing to show up for his sentencing hearing three times, a psychiatrist convicted of committing fraud in Berks has until the end of the week to report to Berks County Prison. Senior Judge Scott D. Keller […]

Penn. psychiatrist Basem Shlewiet must stay in prison 7 to 17 years – failed to convince appeals court to overturn his conviction for molesting seven of his female patients (including one teenager) – Judge says he showed no remorse

PennLive.com Psychiatrist convicted of molesting 7 female patients can’t escape 7- to 17-year jail term By Matt Miller March 31, 2016 A Pennsylvania psychiatrist who was convicted of molesting seven of his female patients failed to convince a state appeals court panel to overturn his 7- to 17-year prison term Thursday. Despite Dr. Basem Shlewiet’s […]

Maryann Weisman, Penn. Psychiatrist, Arrested – kept writing prescriptions after her license was suspended

Lehighvalleylive.com Doc wrote prescriptions after license was suspended, AG says By Sarah Cassi September 23, 2015 Two Lehigh County women were arrested a week ago for alleged prescription drug crimes, the state Attorney General’s office said. Dr. Maryann T. Weisman, 54, of Whitehall Township, and Stacey A. Zuniga, 46, of Allentown, were arrested Wednesday by […]

Jopinda Harika, Penn. Psychiatrist, pleads guilty to Medicaid Fraud – Sentencing in October

Reading Eagle Psychiatrist who practiced in Reading admits he committed Medicaid fraud September 11, 2015 An Allegheny County psychiatrist who practiced in Reading pleaded guilty Thursday to committing Medicaid fraud and practicing and writing prescriptions while his medical license was suspended. Dr. Jopinda R. Harika, 62, of Monroeville entered an open guilty plea before Judge […]

Gregg Gorton, Veterans Affairs psychiatrist, tells Veteran to “off yourself” in Facebook post

The Washington Times VA psychiatrist tells Facebook user to ‘off yourself’ By Jacqueline Klimas July 28, 2015 A Veterans Affairs psychiatrist allegedly told an online user to “off yourself” over a stance on gun control in a Facebook comment thread, according to an image shared online. A photo posted to Imgur on Monday night shows […]

Michael Kessler, Penn. psychiatrist, hauled off to prison for child sex crimes

Pocono Record UNLAWFUL CONTACT WITH MINOR Cresco ex-psychiatrist caught ‘grooming’ boy on Facebook sentenced By Andrew Scott July 11, 2015 A Monroe County mother’s protective vigilance in monitoring her son’s Facebook account is what likely spared him from being victimized by someone she and her family had known and trusted. “You messed with the wrong […]

Jailhouse psychiatrist Charolette Hoffman, fired for not following jail’s simple anti-contraband policy

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Contraband found 3 times on fired Allegheny County jail psychiatrist By Aaron Aupperlee March 26, 2015 Allegheny County Jail guards caught the jail’s psychiatrist trying to bring in cigarettes, lighters, matches and scissors before she lost her job this month. Warden Orlando Harper revoked Charolette Hoffman’s security clearances on March 4, the same […]

Charolette Hoffman, Penn. Psychiatrist, Loses Security Clearance at Jail Job – Officials mum on why

In 2011 her private psychiatry office shut down. “It’s a dream that’s come to an end,” Charolette Hoffman, 64. “No matter what we do, we can’t really make it financially. You can’t sell a practice that’s not making money.” Pittsburgh Business Times Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Allegheny County Jail psychiatrist loses security clearance March 6, 2015 By […]

PA psychiatrist Basem Shlewiet gets 7 – 17 years for Sex Crimes Against 7 Women

The Intelligencer Former Doylestown psychiatrist gets 7 to 17 years for sexual assault February 9, 2015 By Hayden Mitman A Doylestown-based psychiatrist will spend the next seven to 17 years in a state prison for having inappropriate contact with his patients. Dr. Basem Shlewiet, 43, of Buckingham, was sentenced Monday in Bucks County Court. He […]

Jopindar Harika, Penn. Psychiatrist, previously convicted of bogus billings, now charged with writing prescriptions while suspended

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Monroeville psychiatrist charged with continuing to work while under suspension By Torsten Ove February 5, 2015 A Monroeville psychiatrist with a felony conviction for bogus billings in the 1990s has been charged again with writing prescriptions and seeing hundreds of patients in the eastern part of the state while under suspension in the […]