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David Tatum, Charlotte Psychiatrist, Indicted

David Tatum WSOCTV.com Former Atrium child psychiatrist indicted on child porn charges, court docs say June 28, 2022 -- Excerpt CHARLOTTE — A former child psychiatrist with Atrium Health was indicted on a child porn charge, according to court records. David Arthur Tatum, of Charlotte, was indicted for “possess and access with intent to view material constituting/containing child porno,” the court documents read. Tatum was arrested on June 24. The incidents happened between August 2021 and Sept. 22, 2021, according to court records. Tatum was fired in December 2021, Atrium officials said. A spokeswoman with Atrium Health said they [...]

Venkata Chintala

BBC Former Southern Health psychiatrist did other work while on sick leave The psychiatrist worked for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust at the time A psychiatrist who called in sick, due to stress, and then worked for another provider hours later has been suspended for two months. Dr Venkata Chintala was employed by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust during January and May 2019, when she said she could not work but completed 10 appointments for another provider. She admitted misconduct and said she was "sad" and "disappointed". A panel said she was a "competent and much-needed" doctor. But the Medical [...]

Case Beukenkamp

Newsday (New York) The Secret World of Case Beukenkamp By Jamie Talan and Richard C. Firstman August 18, 1992 FOR THREE MONTHS in the 1960s, a young woman from Roslyn named Sandy Schlager sat mute in a corner of her Manhattan psychiatrist's office, outside the circle of her twice-a-week therapy group. The doctor, a pioneer of group therapy, had banished Schlager for talking too much. One night, as a session was about to begin, the psychiatrist, a charismatic, authoritative man with black-rimmed glasses and a black goatee, turned to Schlager and said there was only one way she could return [...]

Varanise Booker, Louisville Psychiatrist, Sentenced for Health Care Fraud

Varanise Booker Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Pennsylvania FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 16, 2022 Kentucky Psychiatrist Sentenced for Health Care Fraud Related to Referrals for Drug Testing at Greensburg Lab PITTSBURGH - A resident of Louisville, Kentucky, was sentenced in federal court yesterday for one count of health care fraud, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced. United States District Judge David S. Cercone sentenced Varanise C. Booker, 67, to 36 months of probation and ordered that she pay restitution totaling $24,217.26 to the Kentucky Medicaid program. During the defendant’s plea hearing on October 5, [...]

RISE UP

RISE UP (See lyrics below) Vocals WORK IN PROGRESS!: Instrumental only:   This campaign (please help finance this!) is to employ a professional singer, backup singers and a mixing and mastering engineer. See music and lyrics below: RISE UP By Kenneth Kramer RISE UP! They Shock. They Drug. They Don't Listen. No cures, No Science, Just a Big Pharma alliance. No Hippocratic oath. No spiritual growth. RISE UP! They Shock. They Drug. They Don't Listen. Their DSM lies. They lobotomize. They dream up disorders They enforce electric tortures RISE UP! They Shock. They Drug. They Don't [...]

Rajeev Sheoran, Penticton psychiatrist, ordered to pay

Rajeev Sheoran 100 Mile Free Press Penticton psychiatrist ordered to pay Interior Health’s legal costs over failed lawsuit By Brennan Phillips May 30, 2022 -- Excerpt The Penticton psychiatrist who refused a $625,000 settlement and lost his lawsuit against Interior Health over being attacked by a patient will now also have to pay the health authority’s legal fees. In a judgment issued on May 26, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Steven Wilson concluded that the 36-day trial and the fact that IH was successful in its defense entitled it to having Dr. Rajeev Sheoran cover the legal costs... At Penticton Regional [...]

Patricia Boyer, Charlotte psychiatrist – license revoked

Patricia Boyer Charlotte Observer (North Carolina) Charlotte psychiatrist loses NC medical license after having affair with a patient By Michael Gordon May 26, 2022 -- Excerpt A veteran Charlotte psychiatrist lost her state medical license this week after having a lengthy affair with a patient whom she informally kept treating and medicating with no documentation. The N.C. Medical Board revoked the license of Dr. Patricia Boyer on Monday after finding that she violated professional standards by having an intimate relationship with a current or former patient... After several years of treatment that showed "a lack of therapeutic progress," Boyer discussed [...]

Mark Agresti, Palm Beach County psychiatrist, Sentenced

Mark Agresti Palm Beach Post (Florida) Sober-home fraud scheme doctor receives an 8-year term; Judge: Dr. Mark Agresti enabled $31.3 million insurance swindle By Jane Musgrave May 28, 2022 -- Excerpt With his wife and 90-year-old mother looking on, a once-respected Palm Beach County psychiatrist was handcuffed and led from a federal courtroom on Friday to begin serving an eight-year prison sentence for exploiting people struggling with addiction. Dr. Mark Agresti's quick transformation from free man to federal prisoner was unusual. Typically, white-collar criminals are allowed to remain free, get their affairs in order and then report to prison. But [...]

Yashwant Chaudhri, San Diego Psychiatrist, no “right to renew his license”

Yashwant Chaudhri WWLP Psychiatrist failed to document patient’s care and not properly terminate relationship By Ashley Shook May 28, 2022 -- Excerpt WAKEFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine announced Friday it has taken action... According to the Board, the following actions were taken against the medical licenses of Yashwant S. Chaudhri, M.D... Dr. Yashwant S. Chaudhri, a psychiatrist who currently practices medicine in San Diego, will not have the right to renew his license after the Board found that Dr. Chaudhri had been disciplined by the Medical Board of California for reasons substantially similar to [...]

David Ciancimino, Shelton Psychiatrist, Sentenced

David Ciancimino CT Insider Feds: Shelton psychiatrist sentenced for illegally prescribing Xanax, Adderall By Liz Hardaway May 26, 2022 -- Excerpt HARTFORD — A psychiatrist based out of Shelton was sentenced to more than three years in prison Thursday for prescribing Xanax and Adderall “with little to no medical examination,” according to federal prosecutors. David Ciancimino, 63, of Trumbull, practiced psychiatry and neurology at an office in Shelton. Law enforcement started looking into Ciancimino’s prescribing practices of various benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, and stimulants, like Adderall, in October 2020, according to United States Attorney Vanessa Roberts Avery. During the [...]

John Mitchell, Emmaus Psychiatrist, arrested

John Mitchell Lehighvalleylive.com Patient death led to charges Lehigh Valley doc overprescribed drugs for 15 years, AG says By Sarah Cassi May 24, 2022 -- Excerpt A Lehigh Valley woman’s death led prosecutors to a local doctor who overprescribed opioids and other drugs to patients over a 15-year period, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office said. John Mitchell, a psychiatrist who had offices in South Whitehall Township and Emmaus, was arrested Monday and charged with 13 counts, including unlawfully administering, dispensing or prescribing schedule II controlled substances. Mitchell, 70, was released on $75,000 unsecured bail. Court papers list a Quakertown address [...]

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 [...]