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Gary J. Maier

OrilliaMatters Former psychiatric patients testify about harmful impacts of experimental treatments New hearing will attach dollar figure to liability of two former Oak Ridge doctors and the Crown By Marg. Bruineman Former patients of a maximum-security psychiatric facility who were subject to a series of “horrific” experimental treatments are appearing in a Toronto court via video feeds from across the country to testify at a three-week long damages hearing. Last June, Justice Edward Morgan of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found two former psychiatrists who worked at the Oak Ridge Division of the Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre, along with [...]

Elliott T. Barker

OrilliaMatters Former psychiatric patients testify about harmful impacts of experimental treatments New hearing will attach dollar figure to liability of two former Oak Ridge doctors and the Crown By Marg. Bruineman Former patients of a maximum-security psychiatric facility who were subject to a series of “horrific” experimental treatments are appearing in a Toronto court via video feeds from across the country to testify at a three-week long damages hearing. Last June, Justice Edward Morgan of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found two former psychiatrists who worked at the Oak Ridge Division of the Penetanguishene Mental Health Centre, along with [...]

  • Leon Valbrun

Leon Valbrun, Psychiatrist, busted by NYPD

New York Post NYC psychiatrist busted for illegally prescribing drugs for cash By Rebecca Rosenberg November 24, 2020 Psychiatrist Leon Valbrun (facebook) A Manhattan psychiatrist and medical assistant were busted Monday for illegally prescribing highly addictive drugs to undercover agents for no legitimate medical purpose in exchange for cash, authorities said. After police received a complaint in the summer of 2019 of drug-seeking activity in front of Dr. Leon Valbrun’s medical practice, the NYPD and the city’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor launched a year-long investigation. “The allegations in this case could not be more stark: a purported psychiatry office issued [...]

  • Pieter van der Westhuizen

Swakopmund-based psychiatrist

The Namibian Setback for state in doctor's rape trial By Werner Menges November 19, 2020 Pieter van der Westhuizen - Psychiatrist THE state will not be permitted to call a second woman who claims to have been raped by a Swakopmund-based psychiatrist as a witness in his current trial. In the state's application to be allowed to present testimony from the woman to the court, it did not show that the accused in the trial, medical specialist Pieter van der Westhuizen, would not be prejudiced by her evidence and that the value of her evidence would not be overshadowed [...]

  • Psychiatrist Yusuf Merchant

Indian Psychiatrist Yusuf Merchant

Times of India Maharashtra medical council notice to drug rehab specialist TNN November 20, 2020 Psychiatrist Yusuf Merchant MUMBAI: Acting on a complaint about violence and sexual abuse against drug rehabilitation specialist Dr Yusuf Merchant, the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) on Thursday issued a notice to him detailing the charges and seeking his reply. The notice, signed by MMC registrar Sanjay Deshmukh, said the council had examined the material submitted by complainant Arjun Nath and found a “prima facie case exists for holding an inquiry” into the doctor’s conduct. But, Dr Merchant’s lawyer Shabnam Latiwala said her client is [...]

Praveen Thottappilil

The Courier A Ballarat psychiatrist has been suspended and the clinic he worked at has closed By Caleb Cluff November 20, 2020 The sudden suspension of a Ballarat psychiatrist and the closure of the mental health clinic he ran has left his patients without a face-to-face therapist and concerned about their ongoing treatment. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) suspended Dr Praveen Thottappilil recently. It is unclear when the date of Dr Praveen's suspension was exactly; however his patients received texts advising them of cancellations on November 13. His suspension is listed on the Ahpra website. Ahpra provided a [...]

  • Fredericton psychiatrist Manoj Bharjava

Fredericton psychiatrist Manoj Bharjava suspended

CBC Fredericton psychiatrist suspended by College of Physicians and Surgeons Five complaints sent to college about Manoj Bhargava's conduct with patients By Lauren Bird November 17, 2020 Fredericton psychiatrist Manoj Bharjava A Fredericton psychiatrist was suspended by the College of Physicians and Surgeons on Tuesday after the college received several complaints about him that alleged misconduct toward patients. Dr. Manoj Bhargava works at Fredericton Addiction and Mental Health, which is part of Horizon Health, and part time at the Student Health Centre at the University of New Brunswick. Alison Larade began seeing Bhargava as a first-year student at [...]

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Six patients filed complaints on Abner Pasatiempo

Guam Daily Post Former Guam psychiatrist seeks resolution to complaint By John O'Connor November 9, 2020 A psychiatrist who formerly worked at the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center and left Guam following complaints made against him in December 2019 is seeking to resolve the matter in order to begin working in Alaska. Six patients filed a complaint against Dr. Abner Pasatiempo in December 2019, according to discussions at that time within the Guam Board of Medical Examiners, which received the complaint. Before practicing in Guam, Pasatiempo had been disciplined in Maryland for engaging in a sexual relationship with a [...]

  • Guam Psychiatrist Abner Pasatiempo

Psych Abner Pasatiempo – Trouble Finding Work

Pacific Daily News Investigation of former GovGuam psychiatrist reopened By Jerick Sablan November 9, 2020 Psychiatrist Abner Pasatiempo The Guam Board of Medical Examiners will reopen an investigation against Dr. Abner Pasatiempo after he reapplied for his license to practice on Guam. Pasatiempo resigned from the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center last December after being accused of sexual misconduct involving six female patients. The patients filed a complaint with the board in December, but Pasatiempo declined to renew his license and the board said it couldn't proceed with the investigation as it had no jurisdiction over the psychiatrist. [...]

  • Uzma Ehtesham

Uzma Ehtesham, Va. psychiatrist, pleads guilty

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Virginia FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, November 5, 2020 Wise Psychiatrist Pleads Guilty to Federal Health Care Fraud Charge ABINGDON, Va. – Uzma Ehtesham, a Wise, Virginia psychiatrist who defrauded Virginia Medicaid and Medicare by fraudulently billing these programs for services, pleaded guilty today to federal health care fraud. Acting United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced today. Ehtesham, 52, waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today to a one-count Information charging her with health care fraud. “Through Ehtesham’s fraud scheme, she stole [...]

  • Memphis Psychiatrist

Memphis psychiatrist sentenced to four years in prison

Commercial Appeal Memphis psychiatrist arrested as part of federal opioid crackdown sentenced to 4 years in prison By Corinne S Kennedy October 30, 2020 Memphis Psychiatrist Richard Farmer A Memphis psychiatrist was sentenced to four years in prison and three years of supervised release for unlawfully distributing opioids. Richard Farmer, 83, was found guilty earlier this year for three counts of distribution of controlled substances outside the scope of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose. U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee D. Michael Dunavant's office announced the sentencing Friday and Dunavant called opioid abuse "an [...]

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Jostin Francis, Kerala psychiatrist – booked by police

The NEWS Minute Wayanad psychiatrist Dr Jostin Francis booked for allegedly abusing patient "We are investigating and an arrest will be recorded soon,” Circle Inspector of the Kalpetta police station told TNM. TNM Staff October 27, 2020 Jostin Francis - psychiatrist A well-known psychiatrist and government doctor from Kerala has been booked by the police for allegedly misbehaving with a female patient in his private clinic in Wayanad. The Kalpetta police have registered a case against Dr Jostin Francis, who is renowned in the field of psychiatry and addiction treatment medicine. The doctor is also a familiar face on [...]

Jeffrey Bucci, Peabody psychiatrist, submits to ongoing monitoring

The Salem News Psychiatrist allowed to resume practicing under supervision By Julie Manganis October 27, 2020 PEABODY — A former Peabody psychiatrist was disciplined by the Board of Registration in Medicine earlier this month, after admitting to conduct undermining public confidence in the medical profession. However, under the terms of a probation agreement with the board, Dr. Jeffrey Bucci will be allowed to resume practicing, with supervision. According to findings released by the board last week, Bucci repeatedly called in sick and canceled appointments, failed to follow up with patients, and took money from the practice he co-owned. The Board [...]

  • Rajen Desai - Psychiatrist

Rajen Desai, Beaumont psychiatrist, charged with prostitution

KJAS Beaumont psychiatrist's troubles go deeper than arrest in prostitution sting by Steve W Stewart October 25, 2020 Rajen Desai - Psychiatrist KJAS News has learned that a Beaumont psychiatrist who was arrested in a weekend prostitution sting actually has troubles that go back several years. 62-year-old Dr. Rajen Desai - along with two-dozen other men - were nabbed in the operation that was conducted by Beaumont Police and others. Beaumont Police say Desai was charged with prostitution and he is currently being held in the Jefferson County Jail. His bond amount was not available as of Sunday. According [...]

  • Altaf Kasmani

Altaf Kasmani, Pocopson psychiatrist, accused of forgery

Daily Local News License suspension for doctor accused of forgery By Michael P. Rellahan October 25, 2020 226 N 6TH St., Reading, PA A state medical board has temporarily suspended the license of a Pocopson psychiatrist after criminal charges accusing the doctor of fraudulently writing prescriptions for his wife and son were lodged by the state Attorney General’s Office, according to documents filed last month. The state Board of Medicine ordered that Dr. Altaf Suleman Kasmani surrender his all certificate, wallet cards, and renewal certificate that allow him to practice in the state, following a petition by an attorney [...]

  • Former Waikato psychiatrist Paul Fox

Former Waikato psychiatrist Paul Fox leaving prison

New Zealand Herald Former Waikato psychiatrist Paul Fox was sexual predator who manipulated patient By Natalie Akoorie October 20, 2020 Former Waikato psychiatrist Paul Fox The shocking extent of sexual offending by an American psychiatrist who worked at Waikato Hospital has sparked fears for his New Zealand patients and renewed questions over a review into his treatment of them. The sexual abuse by Dr Paul Fox of a patient in the United States immediately before he worked in Hamilton is outlined for the first time in a powerful victim impact statement by the young woman he assaulted. But Waikato [...]

  • Psych Allan Seltzer

Psych Allan Seltzer, Sudbury, to be sentenced

Sudbury Star Sentencing for former Sudbury psychiatrist delayed again By Harold Carmichael October 17, 2020 Psychiatrist Allan Seltzer A Sudbury man who practised psychiatry even though he was not registered to do so and who had a sexual relationship with a patient may not be sentenced until late in the year. Allan Seltzer, 69, pleaded guilty to sexual assault in February and was to be sentenced on April 9, but the COVID-19 pandemic has played havoc with Ontario’s courts. A sentencing date for Seltzer was to have been set in assignment court Aug. 28, but it was not. [...]

  • Psychiatrist Adrian Morris

Psychiatrist Adrian Morris, Clifton Park, faces up to 20 years in prison

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of New York FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, October 16, 2020 Clifton Park Doctor Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Drug Distribution Psychiatrist Adrian Morris ALBANY, NEW YORK – Adrian Morris, M.D., age 64, a Clifton Park, New York, psychiatrist specializing in addiction recovery, pled guilty today to distributing controlled substances outside the course of professional practice and for no legitimate medical purpose. The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon; Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division; and Thomas [...]

Psychiatrist Anatta Nergui, UK, “a risk to patients”

Derby Telegraph Derby doctor a risk to people with mental health problems Psychiatrist Dr Anatta Nergui has a history of misconduct By Matthew Lodge October 14, 2020 A Derby doctor has been suspended for the second time in two years by an independent watchdog. Psychiatrist Dr Anatta Nergui has faced disciplinary panels for failing to refer people asking for help. The doctor had his licence suspended in July 2019 but it was reinstated in April this year under the provision he adhered to strict rules. However, he has now been suspended again after a medical tribunal ruled that he does [...]

  • Emirates Psychiatrist

Emirates Psychiatrist arrested for prescribing psych drugs

The National Ministry of Health revokes licence of Sharjah psychiatrist for prescribing psychotropic drugs to patients October 10, 2020 The Ministry of Health has revoked the licence of a psychiatrist in the UAE for prescribing psychotropic drugs to patients who did not require them. After receiving a tip off from the anti-narcotics department at Sharjah Police, an inspection team from the ministry looked into a number of claims made against the private clinic in Sharjah. A joint investigation between the police and ministry revealed that a number of people, aged between 20 and 30, regularly visited the clinic to collect [...]

  • Christopher Warner - Psychiatrist

Christopher Warner, Army Psychiatrist, under Investigation

Stars and Stripes Commander at Lewis-McChord base hospital is suspended, under investigation By Rose L. Thayer October 8, 2020 Christopher Warner - Psychiatrist AUSTIN, Texas – Col. Christopher H. Warner was suspended from his duties as commander of Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., after less than three months on the job, base officials confirmed Thursday. Warner’s suspension went into effect Oct. 2 and was triggered by “an investigation that is unrelated to Madigan or its personnel,” said Lt. Col. Neil Penttila, spokesman for I Corps, which oversees the base. Army Criminal Investigation Command is leading [...]

  • Sharmistha Barai - Psychiatrist

Sharmistha Barai, Stockton psychiatrist, gets 15 years

The Record Former Stockton psychiatrist gets 15 years in prison in forced labor case By Joe Goldeen October 6, 2020 SACRAMENTO – Sharmistha Barai, the former Stockton psychiatrist who was found guilty by a federal jury last year of using intimidation and abuse to force her foreign-born housekeepers to work 18-hour days on minimal food and without compensation, has been sentenced to 15 years and eight months in prison for forced labor violations. In pronouncing the sentence Friday in Sacramento, U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. also ordered more than $15,000 in restitution be paid to the victims, according to [...]

  • Ashok J. Bharucha - psychiatrist

Ashok J. Bharucha, Lewisburg psych – sex charges

Daily Item Valley doctor facing sexual assault charges By Marcia Moore October 6, 2020 Ashok J. Bharucha - psychiatrist A Lewisburg psychiatrist is facing sexual assault charges in State College, where he also runs a practice. Ashok J. Bharucha, 53, is accused of sexually assaulting a patient he was seeing in his State College office in June, according to public records. Bharucha is charged with felony sexual assault and two counts of misdemeanor indecent assault. The charges have been waived to the county court in State College. Bharucha is free after posting $40,000 cash bail. Ashok J. Bharucha [...]

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  • UK Shrink Zholia Alemi

UK Shrink Zholia Alemi – worked 22 years with fake diploma

In-Cumbria ‘Doctor jobs based on a fake degree’ By Luke Jarmyn October 1, 2020 UK Shrink Zholia Alemi WOMAN who spent 22 years employed as an NHS psychiatrist has appeared before magistrates accused of conning medical regulators by presenting them with a fake degree. Zholia Alemi, 57, employed by a number of NHS hospital trusts during her career, spent several months working at a specialist dementia unit in Workington. She has now been charged with 10 counts of fraud. Formerly of Scaw Road, High Harrington, Workington, Alemi made a brief appearance at a magistrates’ court in Manchester. Her charge [...]

  • Trainee Psychiatrist Amina Rafi

UK Trainee Psychiatrist, Amina Rafi, resumes practice

BMJ Seven days in medicine: 23-29 September 2020 Legal news Trainee who made false claims resumes practice Trainee Psychiatrist Amina Rafi A trainee psychiatrist who was suspended from the UK medical register for nine months for exaggerating her experience and falsely claiming that she had breast cancer has been allowed to resume practice. Amina Rafi, who began as a CT2 doctor at the high security Broadmoor Hospital in February 2018, wrongly told colleagues that she had previously been a registrar in geriatrics and was a member of the Royal College of Physicians. She also falsely told her clinical supervisor [...]

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