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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 [...]

  • Franco Sicuro - Psychiatrist

Franco Sicuro, Chesterfield psychiatrist, $15M Fraud

St. Louis Post Dispatch Feds accuse Chesterfield psychiatrist of $15M in health care fraud By Robert Patrick September 24, 2020 Franco Sicuro - Psychiatrist ST. LOUIS — A psychiatrist from Chesterfield and his business partner have been indicted on federal charges for their involvement in what prosecutors said Thursday was $15 million in health care fraud. Prosecutors said Dr. Franco Sicuro and Carlos Himpler, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, owned Genotec DX and Midwest Toxicology Group, which received over $15 million for performing drug tests. But prosecutors said the companies didn't have the equipment required to perform the urine tests. [...]

  • Emily Laurenzano - Psychiatrist

Emily Laurenzano, MA Psych – “practiced” while impaired

WCVB5 Doctor's license revoked for practicing while impaired September 25, 2020 Emily Laurenzano - Psychiatrist WAKEFIELD, Mass. — A Massachusetts doctor had her license revoked after the Board of Registration in Medicine found she had practiced while impaired. Case documents allege that Dr. Emily A. Laurenzano began abusing prescription pills and illegal drugs in 2018 and that she frequently discussed abusing cocaine, Adderall, Xanax and marijuana in a group chat that unfolded in 2019. Her drug abuse was reported in May 2019. She practiced psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center. Laurenzano was first licensed in 2017 and had entered a [...]

  • NZ Psychiatrist Selwyn Leeks

NZ Psychiatrist Selwyn Leeks accused of ECT torture

The New Zealand Herald Abuse in Care: Lake Alice survivor calls for psychiatrist Dr Selwyn Leeks to be held to justice By Michael Neilson September 24, 2020 NZ Psychiatrist Selwyn Leeks The Crown has been accused of protecting a psychiatrist himself accused of using electroconvulsive therapy and anti-psychotic drugs as "torture" on children he'd misdiagnosed at Lake Alice Hospital. Leonie McInroe was a patient in the child and adolescent unit at the now-closed hospital near Whanganui over 18 months from 1975 to 1976, when she was aged 14 and 15. During that time she was subjected to ECT and [...]

  • UK psychiatrist Amina Rafi

UK psychiatrist Amina Rafi lied about having cancer

Daily Mail Broadmoor Hospital psychiatrist, 25, who lied about having breast cancer can treat patients again after vowing to be 'honest and transparent' By James Robinson September 23, 2020 UK psychiatrist Amina Rafi A Broadmoor Hospital doctor who lied to senior colleagues about having breast cancer has been told she can treat patients again after she vowed to be an 'honest and transparent person.' Trainee psychiatrist Dr Amina Rafi, 25, had falsely claimed she had undergone three rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment when she did not have the condition. But the lie unravelled when colleagues at the maximum [...]

  • Jonathan Smithson - psychiatrist

Jonathan Smithson, Aussie Psychiatrist, struck off

Sydney Morning Herald Former heroin-addicted psychiatrist fails drug tests By Kate McClymont September 21, 2020 Jonathan Smithson - psychiatrist A psychiatrist, who was struck off the medical register 20 years ago for his drug addiction as well as having sex with a 20-year-old patient and injecting her with heroin, has been suspended for suspected heroin use. On July 14, Dr Jonathan Smithson, who had been working as a relief registrar at the Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre unit at the Royal North Shore Hospital, had his registration suspended owing to several failed drug tests that indicated heroin and amphetamine use. [...]

  • Psychiatrist Yusuf Merchant

Psychiatrist Yusuf Merchant, Mumbai, accused of rape

Free Press Journal Mumbai: MMC receives sexual abuse complaint against Dr Yusuf Merchant, gives him 15 days to reply By FPJ Web Desk September 18, 2020 Psychiatrist Yusuf Merchant A well-known drug rehabilitation specialist and psychiatrist has been accused of sexual abuse and rape. Dr Shivkumar Utture, President, Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC), said they have received a complaint copy against Dr Yusuf Merchant on Thursday evening. The copy of the complaint will be shared with Dr Merchant and he will need to file a reply on the complaint. Course of action will be decided after Dr Merchant files his response. [...]

  • Yusuf Merchant

Yusuf Merchant, Mumbai “Psychiatrist”

MumbaiMirror Mumbai’s famous drug rehabilitation specialist and 'psychiatrist' Dr Yusuf Merchant accused of sexual abuse, including minor's rape By Sunil Baghel, Alka Dhupkar September 18, 2020 Yusuf Merchant - Psychiatrist Disturbing testimonies of seven of Dr Yusuf Merchant’s patients given to Maharashtra Medical Council Collective called People Against Rehab Abuse (PARA) brings multiple charges of abuse against celeb doctor The Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) has received a complaint levelling serious charges of sexual abuse, including the rape of a minor, against internationally renowned Mumbai-based drug rehabilitation specialist and “psychiatrist” Dr Yusuf Merchant. The complaint filed by People Against Rehab [...]

  • Professor Tony Maden - Psychiatrist

Professor Tony Maden, UK psychiatrist, facing investigations

Insurance Post Former Broadmoor psychiatrist faces investigation for role in Ecclesiastical abuse claims By Jen Frost September 16, 2020 Professor Tony Maden - Psychiatrist Professor Tony Maden, psychiatrist and the former head clinician of Broadmoor’s dangerous and severe personality unit, is facing two separate investigations by the General Medical Council for his role as an expert witness in Ecclesiastical insurance church abuse claims, Post has learned. One in eight claims submitted to the GMC are investigated. The possible outcomes of the investigation include: no further action, a warning, agreeing undertakings with the GMC to address a problem with [...]

  • Gavin P. Meany

Gavin P. Meany, Minn psychiatrist – gets prison time

Star Tribune 7½-year sentence for Twin Cities psychiatrist who repeatedly sexually assaulted patient Gavin P. Meany will serve the first five years in prison and the balance on supervised release. By Paul Walsh September 10, 2020 Gavin P. Meany - Psychiatrist A Twin Cities psychiatrist has been sentenced to a 7½-year term for repeatedly sexually assaulting a patient in trauma therapy. Gavin P. Meany, 39, was sentenced Wednesday in Dakota County District Court after pleading guilty in January to four counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Upon sentencing by Judge Jerome Abrams, Meany was taken into custody and will [...]

UK Psychiatrist Anatta Nergui faced disciplinary panels 9 times in the last 9 years

Derbyshire Live Derby doctor faces being struck off medical register Dr Anatta Nergui will find out his fate at a tribunal this month By Matthew Lodge September 8, 2020 A Derby doctor who was suspended from the medical register for nine months after failing to refer people asking for help could be suspended once again. Psychiatrist Dr Anatta Nergui has been in front of disciplinary panels nine times in the last nine years and had his licence suspended in July 2019. This suspension was lifted in April this year under the provision that Dr Nergui adhered to strict rules regarding [...]

  • Egypt Psychiatrist

Egypt Psychiatrist – attempt to kiss, hug female patients

Gulf News Egypt: Psychiatrist remanded for attempt to kiss, hug female patients as remedy Several women filed complaints, accusing him of abusing them during treatment sessions By Ramadan Al Sherbini September 06, 2020 Cairo: Prosecutors in an Egyptian Delta city ordered a psychiatrist remanded over alleged physical and verbal abuses of female patients, legal sources said Sunday, amid a heightened crackdown in the country on sex assaults. The psychiatrist, whose name was not disclosed, was arrested and interrogated after several women had filed legal complaints, accusing him of abusing them during treatment sessions inside his clinic in the city of [...]

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