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  • Shubhra Singh - psychiatrist

Shubhra Singh, UK Psychiatrist, disqualified from driving – over the drink-drive limit

Keighley News Psychiatrist banned from the road for drink-driving By Keighley News reporter July 20, 2020 Shubhra Singh - psychiatrist A PSYCHIATRIST has been disqualified from driving after admitting being over the drink-drive limit. Shubhra Singh, 48, was driving along Ellers Road towards Sutton, on Friday, March 6 this year when she clipped the mirror and quarter panel of another vehicle which was being driven towards Keighley, Skipton magistrates heard. Prosecuting Nadine Clough said the witness driving the damaged car saw Singh’s car drifting across the road towards him. He realised he was going to be struck and moved [...]

  • Psychiatrist Robert Hampshire

Psychiatrist Robert Hampshire, Australia, struck off

Daily Mail Doctor is struck off for sending a young female patient a string of late-night texts and telling her to take her clothes off in a lewd phone call By Australian Associated Press July 16, 2020 Psychiatrist Robert Hampshire A Sydney doctor who sent a young female patient a series of suggestive late-night messages has had his registration cancelled for at least three years. Dr Robert Hampshire, 71, was on Thursday found guilty of five breaches including unsatisfactory professional conduct by the Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The Health Care Complaints Commission succeeded in having the psychiatrist's registration cancelled [...]

  • San Diego Psychiatrist Marco Chavez

Psychiatrist Marco Antonio Chavez, San Diego, gets prison for $784K fraud

Military Times San Diego doc bought Jaguar, jewelry with ill-gotten gains, gets prison for $784K in Tricare fraud By Karen Jowers July 14, 2020 San Diego Psychiatrist Marco Chavez A San Diego psychiatrist has been sentenced to prison for fraudulent claims to Tricare, and ordered to pay $783,764 in restitution. Marco Antonio Chavez “used these ill-gotten gains to buy himself luxuries including a red 2016 Jaguar and thousands of dollars’ worth of David Yurman jewelry,” stated a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of California. The 40-year-old Chavez was sentenced in federal court [...]

  • Psych Marco Chavez

Psych Marco Chavez, Brownsville (formerly San Diego) sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison

San Diego Union-Tribune Former San Diego doctor sentenced to prison for defrauding military health insurance provider Marco Antonio Chavez, whose license was suspended in 2018 for being drunk on the job, allegedly swindled $783,764 from TRICARE By Alex Riggins July 13, 2020 Psych Marco Chavez SAN DIEGO — A former San Diego-based psychiatrist was sentenced Monday to nearly two years in federal prison for defrauding TRICARE, the military’s health insurance provider. Marco Antonio Chavez, a 40-year-old who now lives in Brownsville, Texas, was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison and ordered to pay restitution of more than $783,000, [...]

  • Ashok Bharucha - psychiatrist

Psychiatrist Ashok Bharucha, State College, allegedly sexually assaulted patient

The Daily Collegian State College psychiatrist allegedly sexually assaulted patient during appointment Quincey Reese July 10, 2020 Ashok Bharucha - psychiatrist State College psychiatrist Ashok Bharucha allegedly sexually assaulted a patient during an appointment, according to the affidavit of a police criminal complaint. State College Police officers responded to the reported sexual assault on Tuesday, June 16, where they met with the individual who was allegedly assaulted. According to the affidavit, the individual told officers he was at a psychiatrist appointment with Bharucha in his office, located at 119 S. Burrowes St. During the appointment, the individual said Bharucha [...]

  • UK Psych Adrian Marsden

UK Psych Adrian Marsden lost his “professional reputation”

Daily Echo Child psychiatrist's sentence cannot be reviewed over 'leniency' By Jason Lewis July 10, 2020 UK Psych Adrian Marsden THE sentence of a child psychiatrist who was found in possession of more than 2,000 indecent images of children was referred to the Attorney General over the suggestion it was too lenient. Doctor Adrian Marsden, 60, avoided jail at Poole Magistrates’ Court last month after pleading guilty to charges of making indecent photos of children and possessing prohibited images of children. Marsden, of Brownsea Road, Poole, was fined £2,500 and given five year Sexual Harm Prevention Order. He was [...]

  • Richard Mitchell

Richard Mitchell, Helena Psychiatrist, sentenced

Independent Record Fort Harrison psychiatrist sentenced in drug possession case By Tyler Manning July 8, 2020 The VA Medical Center and Outpatient Clinic at Fort Harrison A 35-year-old psychiatrist at Fort Harrison in Helena has been sentenced in a drug possession case, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Richard E. Mitchell entered a guilty plea to unlawful possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine. Additionally, Mitchell will not be allowed to prescribe any controlled substances during his probation. Court documents state that Mitchell, in his [...]

  • Yang Yongxin - psychiatrist

Psychiatrist Yang Yongxin, China, practiced shock treatment for Internet addiction

Wikipedia July 8, 2020 Yang Yongxin - psychiatrist Yang Yongxin (Chinese: 杨永信) (born 21 June 1962) is a highly controversial[3] Chinese clinical psychiatrist who advocated and practiced electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) without anaesthesia or muscle relaxants as a cure for alleged Internet addiction in adolescents.[4][5] Yang is currently deputy chief of the Fourth Hospital of Linyi (Linyi Mental Hospital), in the Shandong province of China. He runs the Internet Addiction Treatment Center at the hospital. According to media reports, families of teenaged patients sent to the hospital paid CNY 5,500 (US$805) per month to be treated using a combination of [...]

  • Psychiatrist Yang Yongxin

Yang Yongxin, Chinese Psychiatrist, used ECT to “cure” internet addiction in adolescents

China.Org.Cn Health ministry: No electroshock to Net addicts July 14, 2009 Psychiatrist Yang Yongxin China's Ministry of Health demanded on Monday that the clinical electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) given to net addicts be stopped due to its unconfirmed safety. Yang Yongxin, a doctor from east Shangdong Province who invented the ECT to cure net addicts at his clinic, argued recently that the slightly painful ECT using a current of between 1 and 5 milliamperes wouldn't harm net addicts, quoted by a report of the Beijing News. The ministry said that it invited experts to study and verify the ECT method [...]

Richard E. Mitchell

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Montana FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Montana Psychiatrist Sentenced for Unlawful Possession of an Opioid Helena—A Montana psychiatrist who admitted to unlawfully prescribing and abusing an opioid was sentenced today to five years of probation and ordered to pay a fine of $4,000, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said. In addition, as part of his sentence the psychiatrist cannot prescribe any controlled substance during his five years of probation. Richard E. Mitchell, 35, pleaded guilty in March to unlawful possession of a controlled substance. U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon presided. [...]

  • Rajdeep Singh Sandhu

Rajdeep Singh Sandhu, QLD psychiatrist, jailed – child porn

Bellingen Courier Sun Qld doctor jailed over child porn images By Aaron Bunch July 8, 2020 A rural Queensland doctor has been jailed after he walked into a police station and told officers he had downloaded child exploitation videos and photos. Rajdeep Singh Sandhu, 42, was found guilty of possessing child exploitation material while working at the Bundaberg Hospital in 2017 and 2018. The psychiatrist told police he downloaded material of children as young as two years old. "I would like to disclose to take responsibility," he said in a video of a 2018 police interview played to the Brisbane [...]

Joseph Markowitz, Columbia psychiatrist, arrested in a racially-charged incident

WISNEWS Prisma Health doctor arrested following racially-charged incident near Benedict College By Kiana Miller and Laurel Mallory July 2, 2020 COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A Prisma Health psychiatrist is on administrative leave following his arrest in a racially-charged incident that happened near Benedict College on June 28. Dr. Joseph Markowitz, 44, faces charges of hate intimidation and public disorderly conduct. Columbia Police officers were called to 2013 Harden St. around 11:25 a.m. that Sunday regarding a civil disturbance. That’s the United gas station near Allen Benedict Court. Once officers arrived, they found Markowitz and detained him. Witnesses in the area [...]

  • Psych Richard Farmer

Memphis Psychiatrist Richard Farmer Must Surrender License

Legal Reader Pharmacist Who Stole Opioids Must Surrender License By Sara E. Teller July 2, 2020 == Excerpt Psych Richard Farmer 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 of [...]

  • Bassam El-Borno

Bassam M.A. El-Borno, Manheim Twp. psych, suspended

lancasteronline.com State suspends license of Manheim Twp. psychiatrist charged with improper prescribing, fraud By Dan Nephin July 1, 2020 Psychiatrist Bassam M.A. El-Borno The state has temporarily suspended the medical license of a Manheim Township psychiatrist charged last month with writing prescriptions without properly evaluating patients and insurance fraud. The Pennsylvania Department of State said the accusations against Bassam M.A. El-Borno, if true, represent an "immediate and clear danger to public health and safety" in the order, dated Tuesday, June 30. El-Borno, 64, of the 1000 block of Bluestone Drive, had a practice at 160 North Pointe Blvd. A [...]

  • Gary Maier - psychiatrist

Gary Maier, Ontario psychiatrist, condemned for experiments on patients

Toronto Sun Psychiatric doctors condemned for experiments on patients By Mark Bonokoski June 29, 2020 Gary Maier - psychiatrist A landmark judgment by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has finally found a number of psychiatric doctors in a decades-old case liable for assaulting patients, including subjecting them to torture and mind-altering drugs like LSD. Financial damages are expected to be in the multimillions, with the recipients being some of the vilest serial killers, psychopaths and sadists imaginable. The assaults on them, as described in the just-released 311-page judgment, took place in the Oak Ridge wing of the old [...]

  • Elliott Barker

Elliott Barker, Ontario psychiatrist, condemned for experiments on patients

Toronto Sun Psychiatric doctors condemned for experiments on patients By Mark Bonokoski June 29, 2020 Elliott Barker - Psychiatrist A landmark judgment by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has finally found a number of psychiatric doctors in a decades-old case liable for assaulting patients, including subjecting them to torture and mind-altering drugs like LSD. Financial damages are expected to be in the multimillions, with the recipients being some of the vilest serial killers, psychopaths and sadists imaginable. The assaults on them, as described in the just-released 311-page judgment, took place in the Oak Ridge wing of the old [...]

  • Psychiatrist Deborah Staite

Deborah Staite, UK Psychiatrist, likely to lose job after drink-driving conviction

Punchline Gloucester Psychiatrist likely to lose job after drink-driving conviction By Court reporter June 29, 2020 Psychiatrist Deborah Staite A psychiatrist has been told she is likely to lose her job after being handed a suspended jail sentence for a second drink-driving conviction. Dr Deborah Staite, 49, of Little Toft, Butterow West, Stroud, was more than three times over the limit when she was breathalysed after a collision on Walkley Hill, Stroud, on January 21. Dr Staite pleaded guilty at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court to driving a grey Vauxhall Viva while over the drink drive limit. She also admitted driving [...]

  • Psychiatrist Louis Sanfilippo

Louis Sanfilippo, New Haven Psychiatrist’s company and its attorney must pay more than $133,000

Law360 Atty, Co. Must Pay Sanctions After Tossed Takeda Unit Suit By Dave Simpson June 22, 2020 Psychiatrist Louis Sanfilippo A psychiatrist's company and its attorney must pay more than $133,000 in attorney fee sanctions following a now-dismissed suit against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. unit Shire LLC and BakerHostetler, as a New York federal judge accepted a magistrate judge's recommendation Monday. Stephen M. Lobbin of SML Avvocati PC filed his objections to the magistrate's recommended sanctions too late, U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres ruled Monday, accepting the recommendation that LCS Group LLC, Lobbin, and Foundation Law Group LLP, jointly and [...]

  • Ashok Bharucha - psychiatrist

Ashok Bharucha, Lewisburg Psychiatrist, accused of sexually assaulting patient

WJAC Police: State College psychiatrist accused of sexually assaulting patient By Gary Sinderson June 26, 2020 Ashok Bharucha - psychiatrist STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WJAC) — A State College psychiatrist is jailed and facing a sexual assault charge after a patient tells police the doctor got physical with him during a recent therapy session. 53-year-old Ashok Bharucha of Lewisburg is accused of assaulting a man during an appointment earlier this month at the doctor’s State College office. According to the criminal complaint form, the man was there for what he terms "a routine psychiatrist appointment" with Dr. Bharucha. He said [...]

  • Psychiatrist Andrew Leggett

Aussie Psychiatrist Andrew Leggett reprimanded over inappropriate relationship

Sydney Morning Herald Psychiatrist reprimanded over inappropriate relationship lands senior NSW hospital job By Michael Evans June 21, 2020 Psychiatrist Andrew Leggett A psychiatrist reprimanded in Queensland over an inappropriate sexual relationship with a former patient has been appointed to a senior clinical role in the NSW public health system. In 2012, the Medical Board of Australia launched disciplinary action against Dr Andrew Leggett over his treatment of a female patient, alleging the psychiatrist allowed the relationship to become personal and sexual. It launched action that saw Dr Leggett take voluntary redundancy and leave the public system. The psychiatrist [...]

  • Bassam El-Borno

Bassam El-Borno, Pennsylvania Psychiatrist – wrote more than 70 Adderall prescriptions without ever meeting patient

Lancaster Online Manheim Township psychiatrist charged with improperly prescribing drugs, insurance fraud By Dan Nephin June 22, 2020 Psychiatrist Bassam El-Borno A Manheim Township psychiatrist issued prescriptions without properly evaluating patients — and in some cases, without seeing them at all — without following up and billed insurers and Medicaid for visits that didn't happen, a statewide investigating grand jury found. The grand jury recommended charges and the state attorney general’s office last week issued charges against Bassam M.A. El-Borno, 64, of the 1000 block of Bluestone Drive. He had a practice at 160 North Pointe Blvd. For one [...]

  • Isle of Man Psychiatrist Timothy Byrne

Psychiatrist Timothy Byrne – sexual misconduct allegations

Manx radio Dr Timothy Byrne resigns amid sexual misconduct allegations June 22, 2020 Psychiatrist Timothy Byrne The Clinical Director of Mental Health Services at Noble's Hospital has resigned, amidst an ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. Dr Timothy Byrne, who's from Ramsey, will appear before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester on Tuesday, 21 and Wednesday, 22 July. It's alleged that Dr Byrne had a long-term affair with a patient, whilst acting as their treating psychiatrist or care coordinator. A report says the patient had suffered childhood abuse, and was referred to Dr Byrne in 2003, described as [...]

  • Psychiatrist Varanise Booker

Psychiatrist Varanise Booker, Kentucky, under indictment since 2018

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Six years after FBI case began, Greensburg lab owner pleads guilty in wide-ranging kickback scheme By Torsten Ove June 19, 2020 Psychiatrist Varanise Booker The owner of a Greensburg medical testing company at the center of a kickback scheme involving doctors from around the country admitted his guilt Friday before a federal judge. William Hughes, 73, owner of Universal Oral Fluid Labs, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States and is now a federal felon. Prosecutors said that from October 2011 to August 2013, Hughes and his lab entered into a kickbacks-for-referrals arrangement with his [...]

  • Joshua Sonkiss - psychiatrist

Joshua Sonkiss, Alaska psychiatrist, accused of punching a man in grocery store

Anchorage Daily News Alaska psychiatrist is accused of punching a man because he wasn’t wearing a mask in a Juneau grocery store By Michelle Theriault June 18, 2020 Joshua Sonkiss - psychiatrist A prominent Alaska psychiatrist faces a criminal charge for allegedly punching a man in the face for not wearing a face mask in a Juneau Fred Meyer earlier this month. Joshua Sonkiss, 49, was charged with a single count of misdemeanor assault for the incident. He appeared in court Wednesday. The 53-year-old victim, Bowen Dallmann, told police Sonkiss “punched him in the face” for “not wearing a [...]

  • Psych Muhammad Cheema

Psych Muhammad Cheema, NY, pleaded guilty to health care fraud

13wham.com Pittsford psychiatrist pleads guilty to health care fraud by WHAM June 18, 2020 Psych Muhammad Cheema Pittsford, N.Y. - A psychiatrist from Pittsford has pleaded guilty to health care fraud. Prosecutors say he submitted thousands of false claims for psychotherapy-related services he claimed to have provided. Dr. Muhammad Cheema, 47, faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in October. Prosecutors say Cheema submitted close to 5,000 false claims between 2013 and 2017.They say he collected more than $218,000 in payments from healthcare benefit programs he wasn’t entitled to receive. Federal investigators say video [...]

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