The Journal News (Westchester County, NY)
July 10, 2003 Thursday
BYLINE: Melissa Klein, Staff
SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 4B
LENGTH: 327 words
Psychiatrist’s license suspended for fraud
Doctor pleads guilty; state hearing July 28
The Journal News
The medical license of a Bronxville psychiatrist has been suspended following his guilty plea in federal court on a charge of health-care fraud.
Dr. Antonia Novello, the state health commissioner, suspended the license of Dr. Bruce Forester on July 3 and set a hearing date for July 28 in Albany. The hearing, to be conducted by the state’s Board for Professional Medical Conduct on a charge that Forester violated New York education law by being convicted of a federal crime, could result in the revocation of his license.
Forester was arrested in May 2002 on charges he submitted $60,000 in fraudulent insurance claims. Forester, who had offices in New York City and Bronxville, pleaded guilty in October 2002 to one count of heath-care fraud and 11 counts of false statements related to health-care matters, all felonies. He served one month in prison and was given two years’ supervised release, including five months of home confinement. He was also fined $10,000, plus $15,000 in restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Forester, who lives in Bronxville and writes suspense novels under the name Brad Fairchild, did not return a call seeking comment.
In other action, the Board for Professional Medical Conduct found that Dr. Errol Mallett, a urologist who practices in Brooklyn and lives in Eastchester, inappropriately performed surgery to implant radioactive seeds. The surgery was done in January 2002 at Brooklyn Hospital Center. Mallett signed an order saying he did not contest the charge of unwarranted treatment brought against him by the state.
Mallett was given a penalty of censure and reprimand, a public rebuke on his record, which took effect July 3. He declined to comment yesterday when reached at his office.