PsychSearch Bags Another Psychiatrist
By Ken Kramer
November 24, 2015
You probably by now are getting tired of us preaching “Documents – Where’s the ?#@*&%! documents? If you don’t have the documents – you don’t have squat!”
So, more on documents!
PsychSearch discovered documents that identified the top prescribers of psychiatric drugs in the state of Florida. It was noticed that the top eleven prescribers of one powerful antipsychotic drug were all from Miami. Florida state agencies were informed but didn’t bat an eye. When certain powerful federal authorities were alerted, a massive nationwide investigation of top prescribers in every state resulted. Mega amounts of mainstream press ensued.This update is about one of those prescribers, Huberto Merayo, 63, a Cuban trained Miami psychiatrist, who now sits in a federal prison cell in Florida and has agreed to never again apply for a license in the state of Florida.
Merayo prescribed nearly $2 million worth of antipsychotic drugs to poor patients on Medicaid in 2009. In addition, “Merayo’s patients would pay him $50.00 for a letter that he would give them which would exempt them from having to take the citizenship test. He would then assist them to have the status of permanently disabled, so they would not have to work and collect from the government.”
Florida terminated his Medicaid privileges in May of 2011.
The Florida Department of Health began investigating Merayo after reading a November 17, 2011 Propublica article entitled: Florida Sanctions Top Medicaid Prescribers – But Only After a Shove (ProPublica describes themselves as “an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.”)
In the article Propublica reveals its source on Merayo:
“ProPublica learned about the terminations of Mendez-Villamil and Merayo from Ken Kramer, a Florida Scientologist who runs a website devoted to exposing what he considers abusive practices by psychiatrists. Scientologists believe that the drugs used by psychiatrists “have no basis in science” and create “lifelong drug addicts,” according to the Church of Scientology website.”
On September 21, 2012, the federal government charged him with unlawfully submitting false claims to Medicare. On January 11, 2013, he was sentenced to 4 years in prison.
On October 22, 2015 the Florida Department of Health accepted Merayo’s offer to voluntarily relinquish his license to practice in Florida so as to avoid further prosecution of this case. Merayo agreed to never again apply for a license in the state of Florida.
Perhaps we have a finger in too many pies! Hat tip to Joel Voss for alerting us to the latest!