MEDIA

Franco Sicuro

Franco Sicuro Justice.gov U.S. Attorneys Eastern District of Missouri Press Releases Chesterfield Psychiatrist Admits Conspiracy Linked To Health Care Fraud PRESS RELEASE Chesterfield Psychiatrist Admits Conspiracy Linked to Health Care Fraud Tuesday, November 15, 2022 Shareright caret For Immediate Release U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri ST. LOUIS – A psychiatrist from Chesterfield, Missouri on Tuesday pleaded guilty in front of U.S. District Judge Sarah E. Pitlyk to a felony conspiracy charge and admitted that Medicare, Medicaid and other insurers lost more than $3.8 million based on fraudulent reimbursement claims submitted by clinical laboratories that he owned. Dr. Franco [...]

Thomas Wyatt

Thomas Wyatt WSVN Georgia doctor accused in late 1970s child rape case takes plea deal; victim speaks out BY Craig Stevens November 14, 2022 SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A Georgia psychiatrist has taken a plea deal in a decades-old case of sexual battery involving several children. Dr. Thomas Wyatt is set to receive 17 years of probation for two counts of sexual battery on a minor. Police arrested the 66-year-old in Southwest Miami-Dade in 2021. Gentry Fry was one of three victims who came forward to accuse Wyatt of molestation when he was just 8 years old. Speaking [...]

Muhamad Rifai

Muhamad Rifai Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Pennsylvania FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, November 14, 2022 Lehigh Valley Psychiatrist Charged With Stealing From Medicare Through Improper Billing Scheme PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Muhamad Aly Rifai, 49, of Easton, PA, was charged by Indictment with four counts of healthcare fraud stemming from his alleged scheme to improperly and fraudulently bill the federal Medicare program for services not provided, or not provided at the level which was claimed. According to the Indictment, the defendant was a licensed psychiatrist who was the sole owner [...]

Emily Lazarou

Emily Lazarou Pinellas judge: Controversial psychiatrist can testify in Jonchuck case By Dan SullivanTimes staff Published Dec. 10, 2018 A forensic psychiatrist who has been criticized for being "biased and coercive" in her evaluations of criminal defendants will remain as an expert witness in the case of John Jonchuck, who is accused of dropping his 5-year-old daughter off a bridge. Over vocal objections from defense attorneys, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Christine Helinger said Monday there was no need for a hearing on whether to boot Dr. Emily Lazarou from the case. "What you're suggesting is that she's a horrible psychiatrist," Helinger [...]

Antonio Cabrera

Antonio Cabrera The TS confirms 7 years in prison for a psychiatrist for sexual abuse of a patient And three and a half years of special disqualification from exercising the profession of doctor and psychotherapist Rosaline Moreno | 03/12/2021 12:43 | Updated: 03/12/2021 12:48 This news talks about: sexual abuse Criminal law Criminal Chamber Supreme Court (TS) The Supreme Court (TS) has confirmed a sentence of seven years and one day in prison, and three and a half years of special disqualification from practicing the profession of doctor and psychotherapist of a psychiatrist who sexually abused a patient in Santa [...]

Christopher Warner, Army Psychiatrist, under Investigation

Christopher Warner Commander at Lewis-McChord base hospital is suspended, under investigation By ROSE L. THAYER STARS AND STRIPES • October 8, 2020 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 that investigation. [...]

Gregory Wigington

Omaha psychiatrist regains medical license, but can’t treat female patients BY: PAUL HAMMEL - NOVEMBER 11, 2022 3:13 PM LINCOLN — The medical license of an Omaha psychiatrist has been reinstated — with the condition that he not treat any female patients. The license of Dr. Gregory Wigington was suspended for six months beginning in April for unprofessional conduct after he admitted having sexual relations with two female patients, including one woman he eventually married. An investigation by the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and State Department of Health and Human Services also found that he had sent an inappropriate text [...]

Douglas Robinson

Douglas Robinson State-paid doctor under review by licensing agency following KING 5 investigation A Seattle psychiatrist paid millions of dollars to conduct exams for the Dept. of Labor & Industries is under investigation by the Washington Medical Commission More Videos NEXT UP IN 5 Example video title will go here for this video Author: Susannah Frame Published: 9:15 PM PDT November 3, 2022 Updated: 9:15 PM PDT November 3, 2022 Facebook Twitter SEATTLE — The Washington Medical Commission has four open investigations into a Seattle psychiatrist who worked for the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) for four decades. On [...]

Sabrina Popp

Sabrina Popp LEGAL NEWSLINE Psychiatrist's bankruptcy can halt case over patient's sex spree Thursday, November 10, 2022 ORGANIZATIONS IN THIS STORY SUPERIOR COURT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS By John O'Brien Nov 4, 2022 BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - The psychiatrist sued by a patient who blamed prescription drugs on a promiscuous streak that included sex with 25 men during one summer is going through bankruptcy. Dr. Sabrina Popp filed a Chapter 7 petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts on Oct. 21, which suggests a stay of the lawsuit brought in Suffolk County Superior Court by a [...]

Paul Glass, Mass. Psychiatrist, Office now closed

Paul Glass The Berkshire Eagle A text and a voicemail were all patients got when a Lenox psychiatrist's office closed By Meg Britton-Mehlisch November 8, 2022 LENOX — Late last month, a Lenox psychiatrist, Dr. Paul Glass III, sent a text to patients letting them know his office on Church Street was closed due to an emergency. Later that day, patients heard a message on the office line telling them to seek other care. “Dr. Glass’ office is now closed indefinitely,” the message said. “Dr. Glass cannot provide medical care or prescribe medication. We sincerely apologize for the abrupt notice.”... [...]

Sarah Romans, Wellington psychiatrist, apologises

Sarah Romans nzherald.co.nz Wellington psychiatrist to apologise for sending fundraising letters to patients in ‘clear breach’ of Privacy Act By Vita Molyneux November 8, 2022 An experienced psychiatrist will apologise after sending letters to patients asking them for money..., saying she now realises it was a “clear breach” of the Privacy Act... Dr Sarah Romans, a highly experienced senior academic psychiatrist with more than 40 years’ experience... In an effort to assist in raising the cash, Romans sent brochures for the centre to her patients – as well as a cover letter asking them to donate...

Rose Moi, Norway psychiatrist, arrested

Rose Moi Journal Online P92.2-M worth of shabu seized by BOC, PDEA, NAIA-IADITG from arriving passenger at NAIA 3 By Itchie G. Cabayan October 29, 2022 -- Excerpt ... Norwegian tourist Rose Alex Moi, 59, widow, special psychiatrist and with address at Sarbuvollveien 1363, Hovik, Norway, was arrested for carrying one luggage containing 8.340 kilos of white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu with an estimated street value of P56,712,000, when she arrived onboard an Emirates Flight EK 0334 from Dubai from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Marc Laruelle, Yonkers Psychiatrist, Pleads Guilty

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2022 Yonkers Doctor Pleads Guilty To Illegal Distribution Of More Than 100,000 Oxycodone Pills Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MARC LARUELLE pled guilty to one count of distributing Oxycodone, among other narcotics, without a legitimate medical purpose while acting outside the usual course of professional practice. LARUELLE pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Denis L. Cote. U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said: “Marc Laruelle abused his medical license and violated the oath of his profession [...]

Ramendra Kumar Singha, Bangladesh Psychiatrist, jailed

Ramendra Kumar Singha The Daily Star Crime & Justice Psychiatrist sent to jail on charges of raping patient Our Correspondent, Sylhet October 19, 2022 -- Excerpt The head of the psychiatry at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital was sent to jail on Monday on charges of raping a patient. Associate Professor Ramendra Kumar Singha was arrested at his private chamber at Labaid Diagnostic Centre in Sylhet city on Sunday night. A woman, who has been a patient of his since 2018, accused him of raping her and making false promises of marriage, said Ali Mahmud, officer-in-charge of Kotwali [...]

Patricia King, Chesapeake Psychiatrist, Reprimanded

Patricia King The Virginian-Pilot Chesapeake City Council candidate reprimanded by medical board... By Natalie Anderson October 11, 2022 ... The Virginia Board of Medicine stated that Patricia “Pat” King, a psychiatrist at King-Jones and Associates on Greenbrier Circle, violated state law and medical board regulations by prescribing stimulants to a young man who suffered from a host of mental health conditions and had a history of alcohol and substance abuse. King, a member of the Chesapeake School Board who’s pursuing a seat on the City Council, declined to comment for an Oct. 3 article detailing the case and the reprimand. [...]

Pamela Buchbinder, NYC psychiatrist, sentenced

Pamela Buchbinder New York Post NYC psychiatrist sentenced in baby daddy’s sledgehammer attack —despite desperate attempt to withdraw plea By Elizabeth Rosner and Emily Crane October 11, 2022 -- Excerpt A Manhattan psychiatrist was sentenced to 11 years in prison Tuesday for her role in the grisly sledgehammer attack of her baby daddy nearly a decade ago. Pamela Buchbinder, 52, finally learned her fate in the sensational 2012 love-gone-wrong case — despite a last-ditch, unhinged effort to reverse her guilty plea. The disgraced psychiatrist admitted last month to being involved in the attempted murder scheme on her ex-lover and fellow [...]

Aaron Groves, Tasmania’s chief psychiatrist – suspended

PerthNow Tasmania’s chief psych Aaron Groves suspended by regulator By Madeleine Achenza October 6, 2022 -- Excerpt The national medical regulator has suspended the licence of Tasmania’s chief psychiatrist. The Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency confirmed that Aaron Groves’ registration was suspended by the Medical Board of Australia on Monday. He will not be able to practise during the suspension. A spokesman said the agency would not be commenting further due to privacy reasons... He has previously held the role of chief psychiatrist in Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia. Anthony Cidoni has been acting as the state’s chief [...]

Karen Zelas, NZ psychiatrist – her “evidence lacked balance”

Karen Zelas nzherald.co.nz Peter Ellis: Convictions posthumously quashed in landmark Supreme Court decision By Hazel Osborne October 6, 2022 -- Excerpt ... In the justices' decision, read out via livestream from the court in Wellington at 2pm, they found that some evidence at Ellis' trial was unfair and should not have been admitted. This included the evidence of the Crown's expert witness, psychiatrist Dr Karen Zelas, under section 23G of the Evidence Act 1908. Zelas gave evidence that the parents who accused Ellis of abusing seven children reported behaviour that Zelas said was consistent with sexually abused children. They [...]

Defies Commonsense

Axe-wielding man 'explodes' The Cairns Post (Australia) By Bronwyn Farr September 30, 2022 Friday Squabble over drugs ends in strangulation A MAN convicted of chasing people through Edmonton armed with an axe was sentenced for a violent episode just six days after he received a 15-month probation order. Shaun Cameron Day, 31, was convicted on November 21 after being arrested near a Bruce Highway service station where he tried to get inside while armed with an axe. He faced Cairns District Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to strangulation in a domestic setting, assault with bodily harm, common assault and [...]

Zinia Thomas, Missouri Psychiatrist, faces illegal drug charges

Psychiatrist Zinia Thomas KMOV4 Local doctor known for giving medical marijuana cards could lose her license By Lauren Trager September 26, 2022 -- Excerpt ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A local doctor could lose her license because she is now facing discipline for doling out medical marijuana. Dr. Zinia Thomas is also facing criminal charges. We’ve met Dr. Thomas before. She’s a licensed psychiatrist in Missouri who runs several local businesses. But she also took her medical marijuana practice on the road and that could ultimately send her career up in smoke. In 2019, News 4 Investigates went undercover [...]

Mike McPhillips, London Psychiatrist, feared complaint

Mike McPhillips MyLondon Top West London psychiatrist took own life after an official complaint was made about his work By Adela Whittingham and Josh Bolton September 25, 2022 -- Excerpt A top celebrity psychiatrist took his own life after hearing he was being investigated by the General Medical Council. Dr Mike McPhillips, who helped celebrities including The Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge, feared the complaint being made public, an inquest into his death heard. Four days after receiving an email from the GMC detailing the complaint, he called police to tell them where he intended to kill himself and asked them [...]

Thomas Gratzer

Law Officer Former Minneapolis Police Department psychological evaluator charged with sexual assault of minor September 7, 2022 By Alpha News   MINNEAPOLIS – A Twin Cities psychiatrist who formerly served as a mental fitness evaluator for the Minneapolis Police Department has been charged with criminal sexual conduct involving a minor. Dr. Thomas Gabor Gratzer, 57, of Edina, is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a minor child who was known to him. The female victim, who is now an adult, told an investigator with the Edina Police Department that she’d been sexually assaulted multiple times by Gratzer starting before she entered [...]

Bernard Calamy, Parisian psychiatrist, sentenced

Bernard Calamy Google translation Midi Libre Montpellier: twelve years in prison for the former psychiatrist who raped girls in the Gard September 10, 2022 -- Excerpt Bernard Calamy, 84, retired in Sauve, was declared guilty by the jurors of Hérault on Friday, after his appeal trial, where he had been sentenced to 13 years in prison, was broken in Avignon. His denials and his wavering memory will not have been enough. The Assize Court of Hérault sentenced Friday, September 9 a former Parisian psychiatrist, having retired in the Cévennes, to twelve years of criminal imprisonment for the rapes committed [...]

Purificacion Cristobal

Audacy  Bronx nurse practitioner, 75, convicted for running oxycodone 'pill mill' By Curtis Brodner September 8, 2022 NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A 75-year-old nurse practitioner was convicted on Wednesday for running what prosecutors described as a “pill mill” out of a Bronx clinic from which she distributed bogus prescriptions for oxycodone, Xanax and Adderall. Between June 2019 and June 2020, Purificacion Cristobal prescribed tens of thousands of doses of oxycodone with no medical purpose while describing herself as an “addiction psychiatrist” from her office on Westchester Avenue near St. Paul Avenue. Oxycodone is highly addictive. Oxycodone and Purdue Pharmaceutical’s [...]

Psychiatrist Bandy Lee

Psychiatrist Bandy Lee New York Post Psychiatrist Brandy Lee, who slammed Trump’s mental state, fails to get Yale gig back By David Propper September 1, 2022 -- Excerpt A prominent psychiatrist who called President Trump and his loyalists mentally ill failed to get her job back after Yale University parted ways with Dr. Bandy Lee two years ago, a judge ruled. A federal judge in Connecticut dismissed a wrongful termination lawsuit that charged the Ivy League school with violating the woman’s free speech and professional obligations when she was not reappointed to her role with the school, the Harford Courant [...]