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Ken Kramer, PI, has been prodding state health officials

Ken Kramer, PI State eyes psych misconduct; Older cases reviewed; prosecution possible Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville) October 12, 2004 Tuesday By J. Taylor Rushing, Capital Bureau Chief TALLAHASSEE -- Several misconduct cases involving psychiatrists are being belatedly sent to state attorneys across Florida, years after the doctors were disciplined by the state but never referred for possible criminal prosecution. Under Florida law, the cases should have been forwarded to prosecutors by a division of the Department of Health. State officials would not comment on particular cases. But Amy Jones, director of the Medical Quality Assurance Division of the state Health Department, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Gavin Meany, Minn psychiatrist – imprisoned for sexual assault

Gavin Meany 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 -- Excerpt 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 serve the first five years of his term in prison and then be under court supervision for life. Dakota County prosecutors had [...]

Queensland Psychiatrist offers own husband to patient for sex therapy

Queensland Psychiatrist Courier Mail Wacky sex therapy Shrink's hubby slept with patient By Kay Dibben August 15, 2020 -- Excerpt A PSYCHIATRIST who treated a female patient with sexual anxiety by getting her to have sex with her own husband — while she watched — has been fined $25,000. The doctor and her husband also had sex in front of the patient during the highly unconventional "sex therapy", a tribunal heard. The patient had previously lived with the psychiatrist and her husband as an au pair, and the two women later became friends. But it was during a therapeutic relationship, [...]

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 [...]