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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, [...]

Memphis psychiatrist sentenced to four years in prison

Memphis psychiatrist Commercial Appeal Memphis psychiatrist arrested as part of federal opioid crackdown sentenced to 4 years in prison By Corinne S Kennedy October 30, 2020 --Excerpt 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 insidious epidemic [...]

Memphis Psychiatrist Richard Farmer Must Surrender License

Memphis Psychiatrist Richard Farmer Legal Reader Pharmacist Who Stole Opioids Must Surrender License By Sara E. Teller July 2, 2020 -- Excerpt ... In February of this year, Memphis psychiatrist, 83-year-old licensed psychiatrist Richard Farmer, was also found guilty of unlawfully distributing opioids. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) found Farmer guilty of “three counts of distribution of controlled substances outside of the scope of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose.” Farmer was charged in April 2019 after reportedly giving opioids to three sisters who he had “ongoing sexual contact” with while prescribing the opioids. Farmer is accused [...]

Psychiatrist Richard Farmer guilty of distributing painkillers

Psychiatrist Richard Farmer Washington Post A psychiatrist was found guilty of distributing 1,200 painkillers after opioid task force bust By Kim Bellware February 24, 2020 -- Excerpt A Tennessee psychiatrist who prescribed more than 1,200 pills to three sisters in three years was found guilty in federal court Friday of distributing powerful opioid painkillers without a “legitimate medical purpose,” according to a statement from the Justice Department. The verdict against Richard Farmer, 83, marks the first conviction for a federal task force formed in 2018 to crack down on illegal opioid prescriptions in the Appalachian region amid the federal government’s [...]

Psych Richard Farmer, Memphis, Found Guilty of unlawfully distributing opioids

Psych Richard Farmer Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs For Immediate Release February 21, 2020 West Tennessee Psychiatrist Found Guilty of Unlawfully Distributing Opioids A federal jury found a west Tennessee doctor guilty today for unlawfully distributing opioids to purported patients and to others who were never his patients.  The defendant was charged in an April 2019 indictment as part of the first Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid (ARPO) Strike Force Takedown, and this was the first trial guilty verdict for the ARPO Strike Force.  Following an eight-day trial, Richard Farmer, M.D., 83, of Memphis, Tennessee, a licensed psychiatrist, was [...]

Memphis Psych Richard Farmer, “was accused of prescribing hydrocodone and alprazolam, or Xanax, to female patients in exchange for sexual favors or their companionship.”

Memphis Psych Richard Farmer Memphis Commercial Appeal Memphis woman forged names to obtain opioid prescriptions, authorities say By Phillip Jackson September 25, 2019 -- Excerpt Hellman was first indicted in April along with three other Memphis medical professionals: Thomas Hughes, Richard Farmer and James Litton. Hughes, 69, is a licensed endocrinologist who was facing nine counts of illegally dispensing testosterone to himself. Farmer, an East Memphis psychiatrist, was accused of prescribing hydrocodone and alprazolam, or Xanax, to female patients in exchange for sexual favors or their companionship. The Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force was started in 2018 in a [...]

Richard Farmer, Psychiatrist, East Memphis, wrote prescriptions “in exchange for sexual favors or companionship”

Richard Farmer Commercial Appeal Here are the Memphis medical professionals indicted in federal opioid crackdown By Micaela Watts April 18, 2019 -- Excerpt Farmer is a psychiatrist with a practice in East Memphis, and is accused of prescribing hydrocodone and aprazolam, or Xanax, to female patients in exchange for sexual favors or their companionship. He is also accused of keeping inadequate patient records, prescribing addictive substances to patients before meeting them and not requiring a drug screen for some patients before prescribing the sometimes deadly combination of hydrocodone and alprazolam... WVLT Prosecutors: West Tennessee doctor trades pills for sexual favors [...]

Psychiatrist Jane McLennan, Edinburgh, loses license

Psychiatrist Jane McLennan Edinburgh News Renowned Edinburgh psychiatrist struck off for ‘misleading and inaccurate’ patient report By The Newsroom March 21, 2019 -- Excerpt A RENOWNED psychiatrist has been struck off after a tribunal found she produced a “misleading and inaccurate” report on a patient involved in an unfair dismissal claim against the Ministry of Justice. Dr Jane McLennan, who was based at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, has had her name erased from the medical register after falsely claiming the man, known as ‘Mr A’, had cursed throughout the one hour 48 minute evaluation and told her that he kept [...]

D. Eugene Redmond Jr., Connecticut Psychiatrist – banned from the Yale campus after claims of sexual misconduct

D. Eugene Redmond Jr. New Haven Register Yale hires investigator after claims of sexual misconduct against former professor By Ed Stannard January 28, 2019 -- Excerpt NEW HAVEN — Yale University President Peter Salovey has hired a former U.S. attorney to investigate sexual misconduct complaints against a former psychiatry professor at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. D. Eugene Redmond Jr. retired in July 2018 while disciplinary proceedings were being brought, based on a student intern’s complaint, according to a Yale news release. A second student filed a complaint this month. The two students were interns at the St. [...]

Harry Brown, Weston Psychiatrist – let his secretary sign prescriptions

Harry Brown Hartford Courant State Medical Board Disciplines 3 Doctors By Kate Farrish August 21, 2018 --Excerpt Also on Tuesday, the board rejected a consent order that would have imposed a $25,000 fine against a Weston psychiatrist who let his secretary sign prescriptions for controlled substances for herself and for patients he had not examined.The psychiatrist, Dr. Harry Brown, would also have been reprimanded and had his license placed on probation for two years under the order. Brown has surrendered his state registration to prescribe controlled substances. Board members said the proposed discipline was not stringent enough. From 2014 [...]

Pieter van der Westhuizen, Namibian Psychiatrist, charged with attempted murder

Pieter van der Westhuizen Namibian Psychiatrist faces rape charges in High Court By Werner Menges May 28, 2018 -- Excerpt A PSYCHIATRIST accused of having drugged and raped one of his patients at Swakopmund in November 2015 has made a first pretrial appearance in the Windhoek High Court, where he is due to stand trial on five charges. Pieter van der Westhuizen had a first pretrial hearing before judge Christie Liebenberg on Thursday last week, following the transfer of his case from the Swakopmund Magistrate's Court to the High Court in Windhoek. Van der Westhuizen (61) has been indicted on [...]

Leon Fajerman, San Diego Psychiatrist – accused of sexual misconduct

Leon Fajerman NBC 7 San Diego More Allegations That Local Doctor Sexually Abused Female Patients Eight women now claim they were fondled, kissed, groped or subject to similar sexual abuse by a South Bay psychiatrist, according to accusations by the California Medical Board. By Paul Krueger April 19, 2018 -- Excerpt Eight women now claim they were fondled, kissed, groped or subject to similar sexual abuse by a South Bay psychiatrist, according to accusations by the California Medical Board. NBC 7 Investigates broke this story last summer. At that time, three female patients filed complaints of inappropriate sexual behavior against [...]

James Yelton-Rossello, Florida psychiatrist, alleged to have molested jailed psychiatric patients

James Yelton-Rossello Daily Mail Doctors all over the US are keeping their licenses to practice medicine despite rampant sexual misconduct against patients, shocking investigation reveals By Associated Press April 14, 2018 -- Excerpt The lenience of penalties for sexually abusive doctors sometimes a source of frustration even for members of the medical board who administer the discipline, according to Jason Rosenberg, a former chairman of the Florida medical board. 'This is incredibly inappropriate,' Rosenberg said during one 2013 meeting when Florida's medical board allowed James Yelton-Rossello, a psychiatrist alleged to have molested jailed psychiatric patients, to keep his license. The [...]

Dan Nicolau, psychiatrist, Tennessee – probation for two years

Knoxville News Sentinel 3 ET doctors have licenses placed on probation, state says By Kristi L Nelson Published 4:31 p.m. ET Oct. 23, 2017 | Updated 2:50 p.m. ET July 10, 2018 -- Excerpt Three Upper East Tennessee doctors have had their licenses put on probation, said the Tennessee Department of Health. One, psychiatrist Dr. Dan Nicolau of Johnson City, prescribed narcotics to a woman “not pursuant to a doctor-patient relationship” and entered her home uninvited, according to state records... Nicolau will pay $2,000 in civil penalties, in addition to the costs of prosecuting his case, and [...]

Psychiatrist Dan Nicolau

Johnson City Press 3 local doctors disciplined after overprescribing, stalking and other offenses, state says Oct 15, 2017 Updated Jun 24, 2020 --Excerpt Dan Nicolau, Johnson City. After entering into a romantic relationship with an acquaintance to whom he prescribed drugs and later stalked, Nicolau’s medical license was placed on probation for two years... Nicolau was ordered by the court to pay costs, complete a treatment plan established by the TBME and have no contact with “C.B.” After a multidisciplinary assessment, it was recommended Nicolau refrain from consuming alcohol for one year, participate in a [...]

Fernando Mendez-Villamil, Miami Psychiatrist, sentenced to more than 12 years in prison

Fernando Mendez-Villamil https://www.bizjournals.com/ Psychiatrist gets prison time for role in $63M health care fraud By Nina Lincoff July 26, 2016 -- Excerpt South Miami psychiatrist Fernando Mendez Villamil was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for his role in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security fraud schemes, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office announced Monday. Villamil, 48, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health and wire fraud, conspiracy to defraud the U.S., and more. As a result of the scheme, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other government organizations suffered a combined loss of more than [...]

Mendez-Villamil, Miami Psychiatrist – gets 12 years in prison

Mendez-Villamil Miami Herald Miami psychiatrist, sent to prison for 12 years, must repay $50 million Psychiatrist pleaded guilty to federal charges, apologized for his crimes A Miami psychiatrist flooded Miami’s streets with anti-psychotic drugs as part of a scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid. By Daniel Chang July 22, 2016 -- Excerpt Suspended from the Medicaid and Medicare programs for over-prescribing anti-psychotic drugs, a Miami psychiatrist continued undeterred for years to defraud agencies, including the Social Security Administration and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services — until he cost taxpayers more than $50 million in losses, federal prosecutors said Friday during [...]

Christopher Cameron, Barrhead psychiatrist, arrested

Christopher Cameron Barrhead News Psychiatrist's drink drive decision leaves career in tatters June 10, 2015 -- Excerpt Christopher Cameron, of Barrhead, was arrested after making “a catastrophic error of judgement” to drive while under the influence. Officers saw his car swerving from one side of the road to the other with no rear headlights on and he was pulled over. He was spotted as he drove through his hometown in March this year and a breath test showed he was more than double the limit. The 40-year-old, who helped to set up the first Child Psychiatric [...]