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Psychiatrist James Edwards, Auburn and Gulf Shores, sentenced in drug case

WTVM Former Lee County psychiatrist sentenced in federal pill mill case By Jennifer Horton January 14, 2021 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A former psychiatrist who practiced in Auburn and Gulf Shores was sentenced to probation following a federal pill mill case. James Edwards, who was at one time charged with drug distribution in an 87-count indictment, will serve no prison time. Edwards pleaded guilty to one count of information for aiding or abetting the acquisition of a controlled substance by fraud. The judge accepted the plea agreement during Thursday’s hearing, stating initially that he was concerned about the leniency of [...]

Michael Robertson, Anchorage Psychiatrist, Sentenced for Fraudulently Prescribing Medically Unnecessary Drugs

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Alaska FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 6, 2021 Anchorage Doctor Sentenced For Prescribing Medically Unnecessary Opioids In Health Care Fraud Scheme Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that U.S. District Court Judge Sharon L. Gleason sentenced Michael Don Robertson, 68, a former Anchorage psychiatrist, to 12 months home confinement and 5 years of probation for conspiracy to commit controlled substance fraud and one count of health care fraud. Robertson knowingly and intentionally distributed controlled substances outside the usual course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose. According to [...]

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John Whelan, Fond du Lac Psychiatrist, indicted for unlawful distribution of drugs

John Whelan - Psychiatrist Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Wisconsin FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, January 5, 2021 FOND DU LAC PSYCHIATRIST AND NURSE INDICTED FOR UNLAWFUL DISTRIBUTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on January 5, 2021, a federal grand jury indicted John D. Whelan (age: 74), a psychiatrist, and Tina Montezon (age: 58), a licensed nurse, both of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, for conspiring to distribute controlled substances, including Buprenorphine, Ritalin, Xanax, and Adderall outside the course of a professional medical practice and [...]

Psychiatrist David Altman

christinenegroni.com Doc Who Called Delta Pilot “Bipolar” Surrenders Medical License By Christine Negroni November 13, 2020 The physician who came close to ending a Delta pilot’s 30-plus year flying career by diagnosing her with bipolar disorder has permanently surrendered his license to practice medicine in Illinois. Dr. David Altman was working for Delta in 2016 when he was assigned to determine if Karlene Petitt, 58, was fit to fly. Two other doctors said the diagnosis was erroneous. But the forced exam and Petitt’s near 2-year grounding associated with it is the subject of her whistleblower lawsuit against Delta. She claims [...]

David Altman, Illinois psychiatrist, surrenders license

seattlepi Delta Retaliated Against Pilot By Sending Her to Shrink – Judge Rules By Christine Negroni December 22, 2020 Delta Air Lines and its top executives, including the present FAA Administrator Steve Dickson, retaliated against a pilot when it sent her for psychiatric evaluation after she complained of safety issues at the airline, a judge has ruled. Judge Scott Morris ruled that Delta “engaged in an adverse employment action with discriminatory intent,” when it sent Karlene Petitt to Dr. David Altman, a company-appointed doctor who determined she was bipolar. Had that been true, it would have been a career-ending diagnosis. [...]

Chen Ming-jer

Taiwan News Court releases indicted doctor on NT$30 million bail Staff Writer July 09, 2008 In indicted veteran psychiatrist at Taitung Hospital was released on bail of NT$30 million (US$980,000) on Monday after being held in custody for 14 months. Chen Ming-jer (陳明哲), director of Taitung Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry, was indicted on charges of health insurance fraud, taking kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies, using false prescriptions to obtain restricted drugs from the national health insurance system to sell for profit, and violating the Physicians’ Code. The Taitung District Court’s Public Prosecutors’ Office began to investigate Chen in April last year. [...]

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Su Wei-shuo, Taiwanese Psychiatrist, could face prison time

Taiwan News Taiwanese doctor could face prison time for spreading rumors about ractopamine By Ching-Tse Cheng December 17, 2020 Su Wei-shuo - Psychiatrist TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Clinical psychiatrist Su Wei-shuo (蘇偉碩) is facing a possible prison term of up to three years for making erroneous comments about pork imports containing ractopamine. The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) reported Su to the police for allegedly violating the Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation. Su has actively opposed the government's lifting of restrictions on U.S. pork imports containing ractopamine and has repeatedly taken to social media to warn about [...]

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Gustavo Kinrys, Natick psychiatrist, accused of $10M fraud

Masslive Natick psychiatrist accused of billing Medicare, private insurance companies for more than $10 million in treatments he did not provide By Douglas Hook December 10, 2020 Psychiatrist Gustavo Kinrys Gustavo Kinrys, a Natick psychiatrist, is accused of billing Medicare and private insurance companies more than $10 million in treatments he did not provide and then lying to investigators in an attempt to conceal his misdeeds, according to the federal authorities. “Fraud in the Medicare system is a persistent, long-term problem,” U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said. “Physicians who defraud the system are taking dollars that could otherwise be [...]

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Perinton psychiatrist Muhammad Cheema, sentenced to prison

Democrat and Chronicle Perinton psychiatrist sentenced to 18 months in prison for health care fraud By Will Cleveland December 10, 2020 Psychiatrist Muhammad Cheema 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 for [...]

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Sri Thiguti, UK psychiatrist, admits sexually motivated misconduct

Daily Mail Married psychiatrist, 41, keeps his job after offering to have sex with patient and telling her: 'Any rich man in India would want you' By Isabella Nikolic December 8, 2020 Sri Thiguti - Psychiatrist A psychiatrist who asked to have sex with a patient and said 'that's what doctors do' while stroking her hands won't lose his job. Dr Sri Thiguti, 41, blamed his lewd behaviour on his crumbling marriage. He told the woman she was 'pretty and attractive' and that he 'liked white women'. He declared, 'Any rich man in India would want you,' during eight [...]

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Lennart Schoerner, Swedish Psychiatrist, suspected of trading sexual services for prescriptions

Lennart Schoerner, Swedish Psychiatrist, suspected of trading sexual services for prescriptions Translated from this Swedish Health and Care Inspectorate document Psychiatrist Lennart Schoerner REGISTRATION 2020-11-20 Dnr 3.7.2- 57552 / 2020-1 1 (2) The Swedish Health and Care Inspectorate Department south IVO The Public Prosecutor's Office in Malmö 205 90 MALMÖ The case Report to prosecution Healthcare professionals Licensed physician Lennart Schoerner (Appendices 1 and 2) Decision The Swedish Health and Care Inspectorate (IVO) is prosecuting Lennart Schoerner. Legal bases IVO assesses that Lennart Schoerner can reasonably be suspected of buying sexual services in return for money and prescription of [...]

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Gary J. Maier

OrilliaMatters Former psychiatric patients testify about harmful impacts of experimental treatments New hearing will attach dollar figure to liability of two former Oak Ridge doctors and the Crown By Marg. Bruineman Gary J. Maier - psychiatrist Former patients of a maximum-security psychiatric facility who were subject to a series of “horrific” experimental treatments are appearing in a Toronto court via video feeds from across the country to testify at a three-week long damages hearing. Last June, Justice Edward Morgan of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found two former psychiatrists who worked at the Oak Ridge Division of the [...]

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Elliott T. Barker

OrilliaMatters Former psychiatric patients testify about harmful impacts of experimental treatments New hearing will attach dollar figure to liability of two former Oak Ridge doctors and the Crown By Marg. Bruineman Elliott T. Barker - Psychiatrist Former patients of a maximum-security psychiatric facility who were subject to a series of “horrific” experimental treatments are appearing in a Toronto court via video feeds from across the country to testify at a three-week long damages hearing. Last June, Justice Edward Morgan of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found two former psychiatrists who worked at the Oak Ridge Division of the [...]

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Leon Valbrun, Psychiatrist, busted by NYPD

New York Post NYC psychiatrist busted for illegally prescribing drugs for cash By Rebecca Rosenberg November 24, 2020 Psychiatrist Leon Valbrun (facebook) A Manhattan psychiatrist and medical assistant were busted Monday for illegally prescribing highly addictive drugs to undercover agents for no legitimate medical purpose in exchange for cash, authorities said. After police received a complaint in the summer of 2019 of drug-seeking activity in front of Dr. Leon Valbrun’s medical practice, the NYPD and the city’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor launched a year-long investigation. “The allegations in this case could not be more stark: a purported psychiatry office issued [...]

  • Pieter van der Westhuizen

Swakopmund-based psychiatrist

The Namibian Setback for state in doctor's rape trial By Werner Menges November 19, 2020 Pieter van der Westhuizen - Psychiatrist THE state will not be permitted to call a second woman who claims to have been raped by a Swakopmund-based psychiatrist as a witness in his current trial. In the state's application to be allowed to present testimony from the woman to the court, it did not show that the accused in the trial, medical specialist Pieter van der Westhuizen, would not be prejudiced by her evidence and that the value of her evidence would not be overshadowed [...]

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Indian Psychiatrist Yusuf Merchant

Times of India Maharashtra medical council notice to drug rehab specialist TNN November 20, 2020 Psychiatrist Yusuf Merchant MUMBAI: Acting on a complaint about violence and sexual abuse against drug rehabilitation specialist Dr Yusuf Merchant, the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) on Thursday issued a notice to him detailing the charges and seeking his reply. The notice, signed by MMC registrar Sanjay Deshmukh, said the council had examined the material submitted by complainant Arjun Nath and found a “prima facie case exists for holding an inquiry” into the doctor’s conduct. But, Dr Merchant’s lawyer Shabnam Latiwala said her client is [...]

Praveen Thottappilil

The Courier A Ballarat psychiatrist has been suspended and the clinic he worked at has closed By Caleb Cluff November 20, 2020 The sudden suspension of a Ballarat psychiatrist and the closure of the mental health clinic he ran has left his patients without a face-to-face therapist and concerned about their ongoing treatment. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) suspended Dr Praveen Thottappilil recently. It is unclear when the date of Dr Praveen's suspension was exactly; however his patients received texts advising them of cancellations on November 13. His suspension is listed on the Ahpra website. Ahpra provided a [...]

  • Fredericton psychiatrist Manoj Bharjava

Fredericton psychiatrist Manoj Bharjava suspended

CBC Fredericton psychiatrist suspended by College of Physicians and Surgeons Five complaints sent to college about Manoj Bhargava's conduct with patients By Lauren Bird November 17, 2020 Fredericton psychiatrist Manoj Bharjava A Fredericton psychiatrist was suspended by the College of Physicians and Surgeons on Tuesday after the college received several complaints about him that alleged misconduct toward patients. Dr. Manoj Bhargava works at Fredericton Addiction and Mental Health, which is part of Horizon Health, and part time at the Student Health Centre at the University of New Brunswick. Alison Larade began seeing Bhargava as a first-year student at [...]

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Six patients filed complaints on Abner Pasatiempo

Guam Daily Post Former Guam psychiatrist seeks resolution to complaint By John O'Connor November 9, 2020 A psychiatrist who formerly worked at the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center and left Guam following complaints made against him in December 2019 is seeking to resolve the matter in order to begin working in Alaska. Six patients filed a complaint against Dr. Abner Pasatiempo in December 2019, according to discussions at that time within the Guam Board of Medical Examiners, which received the complaint. Before practicing in Guam, Pasatiempo had been disciplined in Maryland for engaging in a sexual relationship with a [...]

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Psych Abner Pasatiempo – Trouble Finding Work

Pacific Daily News Investigation of former GovGuam psychiatrist reopened By Jerick Sablan November 9, 2020 Psychiatrist Abner Pasatiempo The Guam Board of Medical Examiners will reopen an investigation against Dr. Abner Pasatiempo after he reapplied for his license to practice on Guam. Pasatiempo resigned from the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center last December after being accused of sexual misconduct involving six female patients. The patients filed a complaint with the board in December, but Pasatiempo declined to renew his license and the board said it couldn't proceed with the investigation as it had no jurisdiction over the psychiatrist. [...]

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Uzma Ehtesham, Va. psychiatrist, pleads guilty

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Virginia FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, November 5, 2020 Wise Psychiatrist Pleads Guilty to Federal Health Care Fraud Charge ABINGDON, Va. – Uzma Ehtesham, a Wise, Virginia psychiatrist who defrauded Virginia Medicaid and Medicare by fraudulently billing these programs for services, pleaded guilty today to federal health care fraud. Acting United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced today. Ehtesham, 52, waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty today to a one-count Information charging her with health care fraud. “Through Ehtesham’s fraud scheme, she stole [...]

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Memphis psychiatrist sentenced to four years in prison

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

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Jostin Francis, Kerala psychiatrist – booked by police

The NEWS Minute Wayanad psychiatrist Dr Jostin Francis booked for allegedly abusing patient "We are investigating and an arrest will be recorded soon,” Circle Inspector of the Kalpetta police station told TNM. TNM Staff October 27, 2020 Jostin Francis - psychiatrist A well-known psychiatrist and government doctor from Kerala has been booked by the police for allegedly misbehaving with a female patient in his private clinic in Wayanad. The Kalpetta police have registered a case against Dr Jostin Francis, who is renowned in the field of psychiatry and addiction treatment medicine. The doctor is also a familiar face on [...]

Jeffrey Bucci, Peabody psychiatrist, submits to ongoing monitoring

The Salem News Psychiatrist allowed to resume practicing under supervision By Julie Manganis October 27, 2020 PEABODY — A former Peabody psychiatrist was disciplined by the Board of Registration in Medicine earlier this month, after admitting to conduct undermining public confidence in the medical profession. However, under the terms of a probation agreement with the board, Dr. Jeffrey Bucci will be allowed to resume practicing, with supervision. According to findings released by the board last week, Bucci repeatedly called in sick and canceled appointments, failed to follow up with patients, and took money from the practice he co-owned. The Board [...]

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Rajen Desai, Beaumont psychiatrist, charged with prostitution

KJAS Beaumont psychiatrist's troubles go deeper than arrest in prostitution sting by Steve W Stewart October 25, 2020 Rajen Desai - Psychiatrist KJAS News has learned that a Beaumont psychiatrist who was arrested in a weekend prostitution sting actually has troubles that go back several years. 62-year-old Dr. Rajen Desai - along with two-dozen other men - were nabbed in the operation that was conducted by Beaumont Police and others. Beaumont Police say Desai was charged with prostitution and he is currently being held in the Jefferson County Jail. His bond amount was not available as of Sunday. According [...]

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