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Austin American-Statesman
Psychiatrist cited in drug case suspended
By Mary Ann Roser
February 11, 2014

Psychiatrist Richard Edward Sofinowski

Psychiatrist Richard Edward Sofinowski

A Texas Medical Board panel has suspended the license of Austin psychiatrist Richard Edward Sofinowski who was indicted on drug charges last month, the board announced Monday.

The panel took the action Feb. 6 saying that Sofinowski’s medical practice posed a continuing threat to public welfare.

In November, he was arrested at his residence by Drug Enforcement Administration agents and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office after authorities searched his home and discovered 11.5 grams of methamphetamine and several hundred tablets of controlled substances, according to law enforcement officials and the medical board. The sheriff’s department charged him with possessing a controlled substance, booked him into jail and released him the next day after he posted $20,000 bond.

On Jan. 21, Sofinowski was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and other controlled substances and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine and other controlled substances.

Authorities allege that he, with assistance from co-defendant Arza Demi of Austin, doled out more than 400 prescriptions for potent narcotic pain medications in exchange for methamphetamine and cash.

The medical board panel agreed to suspend Sofinowski’s license without notice, but will hold a temporary suspension hearing unless the doctor waives his right to it.

Sofinowski, 48, worked at Austin Travis County Integral Care from April 2001 to August 2006, the mental health agency said.

It would not say why he left or provide additional information about his employment there. He could not be reached for comment Monday.