The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK)
Doctor to face Nevada charges; Psychiatrist accused of writing bad checks valued at $300,000 to casinos in Las Vegas.
By Augie Frost and Jim Killackey
March 7, 2008
A psychiatrist practicing in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas was released from jail Thursday on the condition he return to Las Vegas, where he has been charged with passing more than $300,000 in bogus checks, according to Las Vegas police.
Dr. David Earl Linden, 54, of Edmond, was arrested Feb. 28 at his office at 1608 NW Expressway by Oklahoma County sherriff’s deputies, according to an arrest report. He is facing felony charges in Nevada.
Linden is accused of writing a $150,000 check at the Las Vegas Hilton, a $100,000 check at Caesars Palace and a $50,000 check at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The bogus checks were written between January and May of 2007, according to Las Vegas police.
He had been in the Oklahoma County jail for a week before a judge ordered him released under the condition that he appear in court in Nevada to face his felony charges.
He was being held in lieu of $3 million bail.
About his past troubles
Linden has been on probation for sexual misconduct in his medical practice since November of 2006, according to records obtained from the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.
Investigators with the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision found that Linden was having sex with two of his female patients at the same time he was “prescribing dangerous drugs” to them.
Board investigators reviewed physician and pharmacy records during 2005 and 2006 and found that Linden didn’t perform sufficient examinations prior to prescribing controlled dangerous substances that included the pain medication hydrocodone.
For some drugs, he kept no prescribing records in his office.
Linden prescribed medication to one of the women he was having sex with by using the fake name, “Brook Smith.”
In November 2006, he was found guilty of “unprofessional conduct” after “engaging in dishonorable or immoral conduct which is likely to deceive, defraud or harm the public,” according to board records.