Florida Psychiatrist Elected to the 2016 Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame

Coalition Against Insurance Fraud 2016 Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame Doctor peddles $60 million of unneeded drugs to poor people By James Quiggle January 17, 2017 Mental illness made Dr. Fernando Mendez-Villamil rich and taxpayers that much poorer. The Miami psychiatrist spooned out epidemic levels of unneeded antipsychotic drugs to seniors in Medicare and lower-income […]

Nationally known child psychiatrist James L. Schalle pleads in gun threat case

Naples News Nationally known child psychiatrist pleads in gun threat case By AISLING SWIFT September 21, 2011 A nationally known Naples child psychiatrist who pointed a gun at his teenage son’s friend, then allegedly threatened his 15-year-old son, pleaded today to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to probation. Dr. James L. […]

Drug makers pad doctors’ income

The News-Press (Fort Myers, Florida) By FRANK GLUCK Pharmaceutical companies have paid doctors in Lee and Collier counties almost $1.5 million for consulting, speaking, research and other work since 2009, according to newly released data by investigative news organization ProPublica. Top payments include more than $100,000 to Fort Myers physician Richard J. Weiss, largely in […]

Psychs Avoid Penalties in Suits Against Medical Firms

ProPublica Doctors Avoid Penalties in Suits Against Medical Firms by Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein Evidence sealed at settlement For concerned outsiders, the whistle-blower suits are often troublingly vague. Many don\’t provide enough specifics about physicians\’ roles to assess their veracity. Some offer only worrisome hints of doctors\’ misconduct. But the case against Lilly and […]

Dozens arrested in Medicare mental health fraud

Miami Herald MEDICARE Dozens arrested in Medicare mental health fraud By Jay Weaver Federal agents have arrested dozens of suspects charged with bilking Medicare of hundreds of millions of dollars in bogus services for mental health therapy and other types of healthcare. Agents with Health and Human Services and the FBI have fanned out across […]

South Florida Psychiatrist Guilty in Medicaid Racket

The Miami Herald South Florida psychiatrist pleads guilty to massive Medicare fraud By JAY WEAVER South Florida psychiatrist Alan Gumer got in near the start of the nation’s largest mental-health clinic racket in 2004, signing bogus medical evaluations to qualify patients for costly group therapy sessions covered by Medicare. “At times,’’ Gumer also “prescribed psychiatric […]

Newspaper says Expand Investigation of Psychiatrists

The Palm Beach Post Check up on DJJ doctors Anyone with an Internet connection can go online and see that Dr. Gold Smith Dorval is on probation with the Florida Board of Medicine and that his medical license was suspended because he stole money from Medicaid. Why, then, did the Department of Juvenile Justice allow […]

Troubled Psychs hired to treat kids in state custody

Palm Beach Post Dosed in juvie jail: Troubled doctors hired to treat kids in state custody By Michael LaForgia By the time Florida started paying Dr. Gold Smith Dorval to counsel and medicate jailed children, the Pembroke Pines psychiatrist already had experience with kids in state custody. He had used them, authorities said, to bilk […]

Dosed in juvie jail: Drug firms pay state-hired doctors

Palm Beach Post By Michael LaForgia In Florida\’s juvenile jails, psychiatrists entrusted with diagnosing and prescribing drugs for wayward children have taken huge speaker fees from drug makers – companies that profit handsomely when doctors put kids on antipsychotic pills. The psychiatrists were hired by a state juvenile justice system that has plied kids with […]

Psychiatrist license suspended

Sun Sentinel Autism doctor operating in Florida has Maryland license suspended Maryland regulators have suspended the medical license of a doctor whose South Florida office treats autistic children with a chemical castration drug, calling the treatment unproven and a potential danger. Dr. Mark Geier opened a small Tamarac office of his multi-state ASD Centers about […]

Sohail Punjwani arrested – cocaine

Miami Herald Gabriel Myers’ psychiatrist Boy’s county psychiatrist has other issues Two years after Gabriel Myers’ suicide, his psychiatrist faces increased scrutiny. By Carol Marbin Miller and Diana Moskovitz April 25, 2011 In the two years since the death of Gabriel Myers, the boy’s Broward County psychiatrist, whose prescribing practices drew the ire of state […]

Mequon psychiatrist charged with child abduction attempt in Florida

Journal Sentinel By Bruce Vielmetti A Mequon psychiatrist has been arrested in Florida on charges of child abuse after sheriff\’s officials there say she tried to abduct two children from a beach north of Naples. Kimberly Hammes Frank, 47, was arrested Wednesday, according to Collier County Sheriff\’s Office records. A sheriff\’s spokeswoman said Frank was […]

Florida restricts license of ex-Hernando jail psychiatrist accused of molesting female inmates

St. Petersburg Times By John Woodrow Cox March 28, 2011 BROOKSVILLE — The Florida surgeon general has restricted the license of a former Hernando County jail psychiatrist after authorities say he asked female inmates to expose themselves, give him a lap dance or a kiss and implied he would trade medication for sex. In one […]

Feds make Medicare fraud sweeps in Miami, nationwide

The Miami Herald Feds make Medicare fraud sweeps in Miami, nationwide By JAY WEAVER February 18, 2011 Miami lived up to its billing as the nation’s Medicare fraud capital on Thursday when authorities announced they charged more than 100 doctors, nurses and executives nationwide with conspiring to loot $225 million from the federal health insurance […]