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Varanise Booker, Louisiville Psychiatrist, Pleads Guilty

Varanise Booker Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Pennsylvania FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Kentucky Psychiatrist Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud Related to Referrals for Drug Testing at Greensburg, PA Lab PITTSBURGH - A resident of Louisville, Kentucky, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of health care fraud, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today. Varanise C. Booker, 66, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge David S. Cercone. In connection with her guilty plea, the defendant admitted that she was a licensed psychiatrist who operated [...]

Thomas Wyatt, Georgia Psychiatrist, accused of molesting boys

Thomas Wyatt CBS Miami Georgia Doctor Thomas Wyatt Accused Of Molesting Boys Charged In Miami-Dade By CBSMiami.com Team September 23, 2021 -- Excerpt MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Georgia psychiatrist accused of molesting boys decades ago has been arrested. Dr. Thomas Wyatt, 65, from Chatsworth, Georgia, was extradited to Miami-Dade earlier this month and charged with two counts of sexual battery of a minor. A Miami-Dade man said Wyatt molested him and two of his friends back in the 1970s. The man when he did a Google search, he noticed that Wyatt was working in Georgia and a review from [...]

David Ciancimino, Shelton, CT – charged with health care fraud

David Ciancimino Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Connecticut FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, September 23, 2021 Shelton Doctor Charged with Selling Prescriptions for Cash, Health Care Fraud Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, and Phillip Coyne, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), announced that Dr. DAVID CIANCIMINO, 62, of Trumbull, was arrested today on a federal criminal complaint charging him with health care fraud and [...]

Ashok Bharucha, State College psychiatrist, sentenced

Ashok Bharucha Centre Daily State College psychiatrist pleads guilty after sexual misconduct allegations By Bret Pallotto September 20, 2021 -- Excerpt A State College psychiatrist accused of sexual misconduct with a patient was sentenced Monday to two years of probation. Ashok Bharucha, 54, pleaded guilty Monday to one misdemeanor count of simple assault. One felony count of sexual assault and two misdemeanor counts of indecent assault were dropped. Bharucha was accused of performing unwanted oral sex on a patient during a June 2020 appointment at his downtown State College office, borough police wrote in an affidavit of probable cause... [...]

James Rodney, Brisbane psychiatrist, disciplined over wills – fined

James Rodney The Courier Mail (Australia) Psychiatrist and UQ lecturer Dr James Rodney fined after writing himself into patients’ wills September 19, 2021 -- Excerpt A BRISBANE psychiatrist with "a distinguished career", who became a beneficiary in the wills of an elderly ex-patient and her sister, has been reprimanded for professional misconduct. Dr James Maurice John Rodney was fined $30,000 by a tribunal and ordered to pay $75,000 to the Health Ombudsman, for their costs in bringing disciplinary proceedings against him. Dr Rodney, 72, who has been a psychiatrist for 48 years, is director of a mood disorder unit at [...]

Mansur Butt, Warrington Psychiatrist, found with animal porn on his phone

Mansur Butt Daily Mail NHS psychiatrist, 49, who was found with animal porn on his phone avoids being struck off after GMC accepted he was viewing it to research his patients' 'sexual perversions' -- Excerpt An NHS psychiatrist who watched sickening and illegal pornography featuring animals has been allowed to carry on treating vulnerable patients. Dr Mansur Butt, 49, from Warrington, admitted having bestiality material on his phones but said he only watched it because he was interested in his patients’ perversions and not for his own sexual pleasure. A full GMC ruled that the behaviour of the doctor, who [...]

Kearney Psychiatrist Reynaldo De Los Angeles, arrested

Kearney Psychiatrist Grand Island Independent Kearney psychiatrist arrested, accused of sexual assault By Kim Schmidt September 2, 2021 -- Excerpt UPDATE: Reynaldo A. De Los Angeles posted a $10,000 Friday and was released from the Buffalo County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in court in October. KEARNEY — A Kearney psychiatrist is in jail accused of sexually assaulting a patient. Reynaldo A. De Los Angeles, 76, was arrested Thursday morning at his office at 409 E. 25th St., on a Buffalo County warrant charging him with third-degree sexual assault, a misdemeanor. According to court records, the alleged incident happened [...]

Abner Pasatiempo, Guam Government psychiatrist, arrested in Alaska

Abner Pasatiempo Pacific Daily News Former GovGuam psychiatrist arrested in Alaska By Steve Limtiaco September 1, 2021 -- Excerpt Dr. Abner Pasatiempo, a former Guam government psychiatrist wanted in connection with official misconduct and harassment, was arrested last week in Alaska, according to the Office of the Attorney General. After his arrest on a Guam warrant, Pasatiempo was released on a $2,000 bail bond and ordered not to leave Alaska, according to the attorney general’s office. The Superior Court of Alaska set a Sept. 30 status hearing for the case. The attorney general’s office in February filed a criminal complaint [...]

Okon Umoh, Chelmsford psychiatrist, accused of forging patient’s signature

Okon Umoh Gazette Standard Essex psychiatrist accused of forging patient's signature August 23, 2021 By Piers Myler -- Excerpt An Essex psychiatrist has been accused of “forging” a patient’s signature and using it to obtain a prescription for “personal and financial use”, according to a misconduct report. Dr Okon Umoh is also accused of applying to register a company and listing the patient as a secretary without her consent, the document said... According to the MPTS report, Dr Umoh’s area of practice is Chelmsford...  

Michael Winterhoff, German “Celebrity” Psychiatrist, under investigation

Michael Winterhoff The Times TV psychiatrist Michael Winterhoff accused of fostering cult Oliver Moody August 13, 2021 -- Excerpt A celebrity child psychiatrist is under investigation for allegedly causing “bodily harm” to children by prescribing inappropriate medication. Michael Winterhoff, 66, a star of German television talk shows, expounds strict theories in bestselling books about why parents should not indulge their youngsters. His core edict is that parents must “dissolve the close connection to their children” or risk fostering little tyrants... He is also accused of giving many children unnecessary long-term prescriptions for strong antipsychotics and sedatives. Several former patients [...]

Andrew Nadell, Bay area psychiatrist, accused of raping 13-year-old

Andrew Nadell San Francisco Chronicle Former patient accuses Bay Area psychiatrist of raping her at age 13, state medical board alleges By Annie Vainshtein July 24, 2021 -- Excerpt The Medical Board of California has accused a Burlingame psychiatrist of sexual misconduct, exploitation and abuse after investigating allegations that he raped a 13-year-old patient and forced her to perform other sexual acts in 2009. William Prasifka, executive director of the medical board, detailed the allegations in a document filed with the board on July 7, in an effort to revoke or suspend the medical license of Dr. Andrew Thomas [...]

Petru Pascalau, UK Psychiatrist, caught ‘unable to walk’ after knocking back eight rums and beer

Petru Pascalau Daily Mail Psychiatric doctor, 32, caught drink driving and 'unable to walk' after knocking back eight rums and beer in a nightclub keeps his NHS job after promising to leave his car at home when he goes out By Mark Duell July 21, 2021 -- Excerpt An NHS doctor caught drink driving in his native Romania after having eight drinks including rums and beer in a nightclub has been allowed to keep his NHS job. Dr Petru Pascalau, 32, was stopped by police after he ignored pleas from fellow medics not to drive and was caught jumping a [...]

Mohamad Och, Worcester Psychiatrist, Indicted for Health Care Fraud

Mohamad Och Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Massachusetts FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Worcester Psychiatrist Indicted for Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substances and Health Care Fraud Defendant allegedly prescribed combinations of benzodiazepines and stimulants BOSTON – A Worcester psychiatrist was arrested yesterday on charges that he illegally prescribed controlled substances to patients and submitted false reimbursement claims to defraud the Medicare program. Mohamad Och, 65, was indicted on eight counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and two counts of health care fraud. Och was released on conditions following an initial appearance yesterday before [...]

Howard Weiss, Denver Psychiatrist, Indicted

Howard Weiss Denver Post Denver-area psychiatrist indicted for allegedly overprescribing Adderall, opioids By Elise Schmelzer July 19, 2021 -- Excerpt A long-practicing psychiatrist in the Denver area is facing federal charges for allegedly prescribing high doses of opioids and other controlled substances through his cash-based medical practice even after learning patients weren’t using the drugs as prescribed. A federal grand jury indicted Dr. Howard Weiss, who has practiced in Greenwood Village since 2003, on 120 charges connected to his prescriptions and finances, according to the indictment that was unsealed last week. The document alleges Weiss prescribed pills — including [...]

Rahim Charnia, Mumbai psychiatrist, arrested for “selling cakes infused with drugs”

Rahim Charnia ETV BHARAT NCB arrests psychiatrist for selling cakes infused with drugs July 14, 2021 --Excerpt The NCB seized drug cakes weighing 10 kg from the accused. In addition to this, the agency also recovered 1 lakh 72 thousand in cash along with 320 grams of opium and 50 grams of hashish from the accused. Mumbai: In a major success the Narcotics Control Bureau has arrested a man in Mumbai in connection with a case of drug trafficking. The accused was making and selling intoxicating cakes through his bakery. Originally a psychiatrist, the accused had started a bakery in [...]

Rahim Shafa, Lexington psychiatrist, indicted in money laundering scheme

Rahim Shafa Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Massachusetts FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 8, 2021 Lexington Doctor and Wife Charged in Superseding Indictment in International Money Laundering and Health Care Fraud Scheme BOSTON – A Lexington doctor and his wife, who works as his office manager, were charged today in a superseding indictment in connection with an international money laundering scheme involving importing illegal, misbranded drugs. Rahim Shafa, 64, was indicted on health care fraud conspiracy, international money laundering conspiracy, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the United States, illegally importing merchandise contrary to [...]

Aruna Khilanani, NYC shrink, talked about shooting white people

Aruna Khilanani New York Post NYC shrink who talked about shooting white people now says they are ‘psychopathic’ By Samuel Chamberlain June 18, 2021 -- Excerpt The New York City psychiatrist who stunned a Yale School of Medicine audience in April when she revealed her fantasies of “unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way” characterized white people as “psychopathic” Thursday in an interview with disgraced former CNN pundit Marc Lamont Hill. Dr. Aruna Khilanani — who also revealed in her talk at Yale’s Child Study Center April 6 that white people “make [...]

Emilio González Fernández, Spanish psychiatrist convicted

Emilio González Fernández The European Times Spanish psychiatrist convicted of sexual abuse expelled by medical association Originally written by Xurxo Melchor, for La Voz de Galicia, in Spanish. June 4, 2021 -- Excerpt: The organisation’s board of directors stresses that Emilio González Fernández’s behaviour is not in line with the ethical and deontological values of the profession. The board of directors of the Official College of Doctors of A Coruña has unanimously approved the expulsion from the institution of the psychiatrist from Santiago convicted of sexual abuse of a patient. Emilio González Fernández is thus provisionally removed from the profession [...]

Agustina Cosachov, psychiatrist, charged in death of soccer star

Agustina Cosachov Los Angeles Times Diego Maradona’s doctors and nurses charged with involuntary manslaughter in his death By Associated Press May 20, 2021 --EXCERPT BUENOS AIRES — Seven health professionals who tended to Diego Maradona in the days before his death have been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Maradona, who led Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup, died of a heart attack Nov. 25 at a residence outside Buenos Aires following brain surgery two weeks earlier. He was 60. A medical board’s report given to prosecutors this month concluded that Maradona was in agony for more than 12 hours, [...]

Tony Tsitos, Virginia Psychiatrist, busted for child porn

Tony Tsitos Florida Times-Union St. Augustine man charged in child-porn case is well-known Virginia psychiatrist Tony Tsitos gained notoriety treating 'Three Faces of Eve' patient By Emily Bloch February 5, 2021 -- Excerpt The St. Augustine man charged Thursday with 15 counts of possession of child pornography is a well-known psychiatrist associated with treating the woman who inspired the Oscar-winning film "The Three Faces of Eve," records show. Tony Anastasios Tsitos, who practiced adult and child psychiatry for more than 50 years in Virginia, was arrested after police said they found thousands of sexual images of children — including some [...]

Absüssamed Köse, resigns from Psych Department

Abdussamed Kose [aka Absüssamed Köse aka Absussamed Kose aka Abdussamed K.] Abdussamed Kose - psychiatrist Bianet ARRESTED IN US FOR ‘SOLICITATION OF A MINOR’ Marmara University’s Head of Psychology Department resigns İstanbul - BIA News Desk January 16, 2021 -- Excerpt As reported by Evrim Kepenek from bianet, “arrested for online solicitation of a minor in the US, the man became a head of department in Turkey.” The Head of Psychology Department of Marmara University has resigned from office. After it was understood that Assoc. Prof. Abdüssamed K., [aka Absüssamed Köse] the Head of Psychology Department [...]

Abdussamed K. – head of Turkish psychology department

Abdussamed K. Abdussamed Kose - psychiatrist Bianet Arrested for ‘solicitation of minor’ in US, man is now a department head in Turkey Having served time in prison and with his physician-in-training permit temporarily suspended in Texas for “online solicitation of a minor”, psychiatrist Abdussamed K. is now the head of the psychology department at a university in İstanbul. By Evrim Kepenek İstanbul - BIA News Desk January 15, 2021 Assoc. Prof. Abdussamed K. is reportedly the head of the Psychology Department of Marmara University in İstanbul despite being arrested for "online solicitation of a minor" in the [...]

University Psychology department head arrested

University Psychology department head Abdussamed Kose [aka Absüssamed Köse] Abdussamed Kose - psychiatrist Duvar English Marmara University Psychology department head arrested for soliciting minor in 2015 January 15 2021 -- Excerpt Absüssamed Köse, a department head at Istanbul's Marmara University is listed on a sex offender registry in the United States for trying to solicit sex from a minor in the state of Texas, news portal Bianet reported on Jan. 15. Köse was working as a physician in Houston at the time of his arrest in April 2015, local media reported, and was arrested [...]

David Lelio, Charlotte Psychiatrist, Sentenced to Prison

David Lelio Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Virginia FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, December 18, 2020 Charlotte Doctor Sentenced to Prison Time for Conspiring to Distribute Prescription Opioids ABINGDON, Va.- A Charlotte, North Carolina-based doctor and his wife were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Abingdon on charges they conspired to illegally distribute prescription opioids in the Western District of Virginia and then made a false statement about the conduct, Acting United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar announced. David Francis Lelio, 57, was sentenced today to 36 months in prison. Nadja Siiri Kujanson-Lelio, 51, was sentenced [...]

Muhammad Cheema, Perinton psychiatrist, sentenced to prison

Muhammad Cheema Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Perinton psychiatrist sentenced to 18 months in prison for health care fraud By Will Cleveland December 10, 2020 -- Excerpt A Perinton psychiatrist convicted of health care fraud and making false statements about health care matters was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Wednesday. Dr. Muhammad Cheema, 47, who operated Upstate Psychiatry at 115 Sully's Trail, pleaded guilty in June. He was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to pay $813,495.48 in restitution to the health care benefit programs he defrauded. Between 2013 and 2017, Cheema submitted 5,000 false claims [...]