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Robert Schnitzlein, Maryland psychiatrist, surrenders license

Robert Schnitzlein Democrat Star Psychiatrist surrenders license after sexual misconduct with patient By Natalie Jones May 8, 2022 -- Excerpt EASTON — A psychiatrist surrendered his license to practice medicine after violating sexual misconduct regulations at an Eastern Shore hospital in 2019, according to documents filed with the Maryland Board of Physicians. Former psychiatrist Robert Schnitzlein, M.D., surrendered his license on Tuesday, May 3, because he is no longer able to comply with the requirements of his suspension due to a medical condition preventing him from practicing medicine, according to a letter he submitted to the board. The Board [...]

Piet Hein van T – Makkinga psychiatrist, sentenced

Google Translation: Piet Hein van T RTV Drenthe Child psychiatrist jailed for possession of child pornography April 29, 2022 -- Excerpt A 70-year-old former child psychiatrist from GGZ Drenthe was sentenced on Friday in Zwolle to a year in prison for possession of child pornography. At the end of 2018, the man from the Frisian town of Makkinga was already convicted in Nepal for abusing underage boys. Piet Hein van T. was released early in 2020 in Nepal and returned to the Netherlands where he was arrested at the end of that year for possession and producing child pornography. According [...]

Chan Herng Nieng, Singapore Psychiatrist, sued by patient

Chan Herng Nieng The Straits Times Woman who had affair with psychiatrist sues ex-lover for prescribing 'addictive' pills By Selina Lum April 19, 2022 -- Excerpt SINGAPORE - A woman who had an affair with her psychiatrist is suing him for negligence, alleging that her former lover had freely prescribed "highly addictive" pills to her for anxiety without registering her as his patient. Ms Serene Tiong alleged that she became addicted to antidepressant drug Xanax and suffered side effects such as drowsiness and aggression because Dr Chan Herng Nieng had given her pills without ensuring that she would not become [...]

Gregory Wigington, Omaha Psychiatrist, accused by AG

Gregory Wigington WOWT Omaha psychiatrist accused of having inappropriate relationships with patients By 6 News staff reports April 15, 2022 -- Excerpt OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - ...According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health, the state of Nebraska claims Omaha psychiatrist Dr. Gregory Wigington developed relationships with two patients under his care. The Nebraska Attorney General says Dr. Wigington began dating a patient under his care a few months after an initial appointment in December 2017. The two developed a relationship and married in August 2018. The Attorney General says Dr. Wigington admitted during [...]

Jennifer Robinson, Michigan psychiatrist, VA Hospital, accused

Jennifer Robinson Macomb Daily Ex-Marine from Macomb County alleges sexual abuse by female VA psychiatrist By Jameson Cook April 5, 2022 -- Excerpt A female psychiatrist at the U.S. Veterans Administration hospital is accused of having a sexual relationship with a male ex-Marine who was being treated by her for PTSD and brain injury due to his combat experience. U.S. District Judge Gerschwin Drain recently upheld most of the claims by ex-Marine Trey Cholewa of Macomb County against Dr. Jennifer R. Robinson and the federal government for Robinson’s alleged sexual relationship with Cholewa, who was Robinson’s patient, in 2017 at [...]

Mark Beale, Las Cruces psychiatrist, Sentenced

Mark Beale Las Cruces Sun-News 'You cannot treat women this way.' Patients testify against Las Cruces psychiatrist before judge deals sentence By Justin Garcia March 29, 2022 -- Excerpt LAS CRUCES - A former psychiatrist accused of drugging, raping and molesting several of his patients was sentenced to seven years in prison on Tuesday. Mark Beale, 74, pleaded no contest to two counts of felony criminal sexual penetration in the third degree, 12 counts of misdemeanor criminal sexual contact, and two counts of petty misdemeanor battery, according to a plea and disposition agreement... Beale was arrested in April 2019 after [...]

Donna Dryer, BC psychiatrist, footage released

Donna Dryer CBC Footage of therapists spooning and pinning down patient in B.C. trial for MDMA therapy prompts review By Bethany Lindsay March 29, 2022 -- Excerpt Newly released videos that show two B.C. therapists cuddling, spooning, blindfolding and pinning down a distressed PTSD patient during clinical trials using MDMA have prompted a review of their work and fresh concerns about public safety. The 2015 footage shows psychiatrist Dr. Donna Dryer and unlicensed therapist Richard Yensen, a married couple who were then sub-investigators for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), during their second experimental session in a Health Canada-approved [...]

Harry Doyle, Pennsylvania Psychiatrist, sets new record

Harry Doyle U.S. Attorneys » Eastern District of Pennsylvania » News Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Pennsylvania FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, March 28, 2022 Philadelphia Psychiatrist to Pay $3 Million to Resolve Allegations of False Workers’ Compensation Claims PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Dr. Harry Doyle and his wife, Sonya Doyle, of Philadelphia, PA, have agreed to pay a total of $3 million to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims Act. The alleged violations include submitting false billing to the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Worker’s Compensation Programs (OWCP) [...]

Psychiatrist Arvind Singh, PEI Psychiatrist – in hot water

Psychiatrist Arvind Singh CBC Woman inappropriately locked up at P.E.I. hospital, father alleges at doctor's misconduct hearing By Carolyn Ryan March 23, 2022 -- Excerpt A disciplinary hearing for a P.E.I. psychiatrist accused of professional misconduct heard Wednesday that he would order staff to lock up a patient with Huntington's disease for hours at a time. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of P.E.I. is considering allegations made against Dr. Arvind Singh at a series of hearings that began Wednesday in Charlottetown. The woman at the centre of the case is 40-year-old Laurel Hurst, who was under Singh's care [...]

Cuyler Burns Goodwin, Santa Rosa psychiatrist, loses license

Cuyler Burns Goodwin The Press Democrat North Bay doctor loses license after accusations of sexually assaulting drugged patients By Emily Wilder March 21, 2022 A Santa Rosa psychiatrist who worked for multiple North Bay counties had his license revoked earlier this month after the state medical board investigated allegations that he sexually assaulted two patients at his clinic between 2017 and 2019. The Osteopathic Medical Board of California revoked Dr. Cuyler Burns Goodwin’s physician license on March 8, according to state records, a decision that will take effect April 7... The board came to its conclusion after a three-month [...]

Derby Psychiatrist Anatta Nergui in hot water again

Derby Psychiatrist Anatta Nergui DerbyshireLive Derby doctor who put patients at risk has eighth tribunal in nine years By Callum Parke March 18, 2022 -- Excerpt A Derby doctor who has been the subject of eight tribunals in less than nine years has been sanctioned for a further four months. Dr Anatta Nergui was originally found guilty of misconduct in 2014 and has been found to have not fully reflected on the severity of his offending in six different hearings since. The psychiatrist was suspended by the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service (MPTS) in 2014 for running a website and [...]

Ferda Sakman, Veterans Affairs psychiatrist, accused of sexual abuse

Ferda Sakman NBC Bay Area Vets Accuse VA Therapist of Abuse Involving Sex, Astrology, Psychedelic Drugs By Stephen Stock, Michael Bott, Michael Horn and Mark Villarreal March 15, 2022 - Updated on March 16, 2022 -- Excerpt Three Bay Area military veterans struggling with serious mental health issues have filed a federal lawsuit accusing their former Veterans Affairs (VA) psychiatrist of serious ethical and legal lapses, including sexual abuse, dosing an unwitting patient with a potent psychedelic drug, and using astrology to inform therapeutic decisions. In their darkest emotional hours – coping with major trauma experienced both in and outside [...]

Jeffrey Lieberman, Columbia University Psychiatrist, suspended

Jeffrey Lieberman New York Times Columbia Psychiatry Chair Suspended After Tweet About Dark-Skinned Model The post from Jeffrey Lieberman, which described the model as possibly a “freak of nature,” drew negative attention from medical professionals. By Lola Fadulu February 23, 2022 -- Excerpt The chair of the Columbia University department of psychiatry was suspended on Wednesday, “effective immediately,” after referring to a dark-skinned model as possibly a “freak of nature” on Twitter. “Whether a work of art or freak of nature she’s a beautiful sight to behold,” the department chair, Jeffrey A. Lieberman, tweeted on Monday in response to a [...]

Alan Siegal, Hamden psychiatrist, must pay about $310,000

Alan Siegal Hartford Courant Connecticut psychiatrist to pay $300K to settle with state and feds on allegation he employed unlicensed doctor By Jesse Leavenworth February 23, 2022 -- Excerpt A Hamden psychiatrist must pay about $310,000 to settle allegations that he employed a physician who had been banned from practicing medicine after a fraud conviction, state and federal officials said Wednesday. The settlement with Dr. Alan Siegal, owner of Geriatric and Adult Psychiatry LLC, centered on his employment of Eric Ressner, who was prohibited from taking part in government health care programs, state Attorney General William Tong and acting [...]

Karipenini Prasad, Canfield psychiatrist, sentenced in drug case

Karipenini Prasad WFMJ Former Canfield psychiatrist sentenced in drug case February 23, 2022 By Mike Gauntner -- Excerpt A veteran Valley psychiatrist who gave up his license to practice medicine for illegally prescribing drugs has been sentenced to six months probation. The sentencing came Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court for 81-year old Karipenini Prasad. The 81-year-old former Canfield psychiatrist, who pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal processing of drug documents, is now residing in assisted living in another state according to court officials. According to a document filed with the Ohio Medical Board, Prasad voluntarily [...]

Deborah Staite, UK Psychiatrist, drunk driver

Daily Mail Psychiatrist who was in rush-hour car crash after drinking three bottles of wine is allowed to keep her job By Richard Marsden February 14, 2022 -- Excerpt Psychiatrist Deborah Staite A psychiatrist who downed three bottles of wine before a head-on crash has been allowed to keep her job after she was deemed 'no risk' to patients. Dr Deborah Staite, 50, was uninsured and did not even have a driving licence at the time of the collision in 2020. She had failed to renew it after serving a previous ban for drink-driving, a tribunal heard... The [...]

Mark Agresti, Florida psychiatrist, Convicted in $110 Million Fraud Scheme

Mark Agresti Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 11, 2022 Medical Director Convicted in $110 Million Addiction Treatment Fraud Scheme A federal jury convicted a Florida doctor yesterday in the Southern District of Florida for a health care fraud scheme that billed private health insurance companies approximately $110 million for addiction treatment services that were not medically necessary. This is the second trial conviction to arise out of the Justice Department’s Sober Homes Initiative. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Mark Agresti, M.D., 59, of Palm Beach, unlawfully billed approximately $110 [...]

George Karalis, San Fran Psychiatrist, must pay $1.4M in restitution

George Karalis KTVU San Francisco psychiatrist to pay $1.4M in restitution for submitting false workers compensation reports February 10, 2022 -- Excerpt SAN FRANCISCO - A San Francisco psychiatrist was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to serve 120 days in prison and pay $1.4 million restitution after he pleaded guilty to a scheme to submit false reports for non-disabled clients to receive federal benefits to which they were not entitled. George Demetrius Karalis, 76, pleaded guilty Aug. 11 and was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The government's sentencing memorandum describes [...]

Charles Nevels, Alabama Psychiatrist, sued by USA

Charles Nevels Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Alabama FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, February 4, 2022 United States Files False Claims Act Lawsuit Against Tuscaloosa Psychiatrist for Improper Prescribing of Nuedexta to Nursing Home Residents Dr. Charles T. Nevels Allegedly Prescribed Nuedexta in Return for Kickbacks and to Nursing Home Residents for Whom It Was Not Indicated BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Today, U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona announced that the United States has filed suit against Dr. Charles T. Nevels, a psychiatrist who has worked in several nursing homes in Alabama. The complaint alleges that Dr. Nevels caused [...]

Robert Harden, Plano Psychiatrist, suspended

Robert Harden D Magazine Texas Medical Board Suspends Plano Psychiatrist After Alleged Sexual Assault By Will Maddox January 31, 2022 The Texas Medical Board has suspended the license of Plano psychiatrist Dr. Robert Harden after finding that he engaged in a nonconsensual sex act with an elderly adult. Haden was arrested in November by Plano police for aggravated sexual assault. Harden was employed as a psychiatrist at the Denton State Supported Living Center, one of 13 state facilities that serve medically fragile individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities or behavioral problems. According to the suspension order, the victim suffered from [...]

Russell Simon Hoyle, psychiatrist, not allowed to treat women

Russell Simon Hoyle The West Australian (Perth) NO FEMALE PATIENTS FOR DOC; Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital psychiatrist's investigation January 5, 2022 -- Excerpt A taxpayer-funded psychiatrist who is under investigation will be allowed to return to work as long as he doesn't treat any female patients. Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital's Russell Simon Hoyle was recently made subject to a gender-based restriction from the medical regulating body - prohibiting him from treating women. According to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency's website, conditions of this nature are often imposed for matters involving allegations of sexual misconduct. Dr Hoyle was suspended [...]

Boris Rubinstein, Westchester County child psychiatrist, sued

Boris Rubinstein New York Post Westchester County shrink ruined family relationships, suit claims By Melissa Klein and Kathianne Boniello January 1, 2022 -- Excerpt A psychiatrist who treated his friends’ son for 20 years soured the man’s relationship with his parents and ruined his inheritance, a new lawsuit charges. Ronald Broden began seeing Dr. Boris Rubinstein, a Westchester County child psychiatrist, in 1999 when he was 36 to treat depression. Rubinstein and Broden’s mother grew up together in Mexico, and the doctor socialized with Broden’s father, according to the $1 million suit filed in November in federal court [...]

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Nebraska Psychiatrist, Reynaldo A. De Los Angeles, trial set

News Channel Nebraska Kearney psychiatrist arrested for alleged sexual assault, trial set December 28, 2021 By Kadra Sommersted-Simmons Psychiatrist Reynaldo A. De Los Angeles -- Excerpt 76-year-old Reynaldo A. De Los Angeles of Kearney was arrested at the beginning of September at his office. The alleged victim reported the August 25 assault on September 2. Buffalo County had a warrant for De Los Angeles’s arrest charging him with third-degree sexual assault, a Class I misdemeanor. It was reported that De Los Angeles, at his office, unlawfully subjected another person to sexual contact without consent of the victim that didn’t [...]

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Keun Lee, Psychiatrist, jailed on allegation he raped patient

Miami Herald Psychiatrist jailed on allegation he raped patient during ‘exam’ at Aventura Hospital By David Ovalle December 22, 2021 Keun Lee Keun Lee, Psychiatrist A psychiatrist surrendered Wednesday to face an allegation he sexually assaulted a patient during private “exams” at Aventura Hospital more than two years ago. Dr. Keun Lee has previously been awaiting extradition in jail in Bergen, New Jersey. Last week, he appeared in New Jersey court and under a deal with prosecutors, was allowed to post bond in exchange for agreeing to fly to Miami and surrender. He was booked into the Turner Guilford [...]

Yil-Kyong Brenda Copen, Victoria Psychiatrist, sidelined for two months

Yil-Kyong Brenda Copen Times Colonist Psychiatrist sidelined for two months by College of Physicians and Surgeons By Andrew Duffy December 16, 2021 -- Excerpt A Victoria psychiatrist has been suspended from practising for two months and formally reprimanded by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. for acting beyond her scope of practice and hiring patients as employees. In a consent agreement reached with the College following an inquiry, Dr. Yil-Kyong Brenda Copen acknowledged she prescribed medication and provided medical care to an employee outside of her regular scope of practice and was complicit in the hiring of [...]