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Clarence White, Syracuse Psychiatrist – license revoked for sex with patient

Clarence White Syracuse.com Syracuse psychiatrist accused of having sex with patient loses medical license By James T. Mulder January 14, 2020 -- Excerpt SYRACUSE, NY – The state has revoked the medical license of a Syracuse psychiatrist accused of having sex with a patient. Dr. Clarence White, 44, was working at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca in 2017 when he entered into an inappropriate relationship with a female patient he was treating, according to the state Board for Professional Medical Conduct. He asked the patient for her phone number, socialized with her, started a sexual relationship and gave her [...]

Padmini Nagaraj, New Orleans Psychiatrist, sentenced for fraud

Padmini Nagaraj Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Louisiana FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 13, 2020 Kenner Psychiatrist Sentenced In Scheme to Defraud Medicare by Soliciting and Receiving Kickback Payments for Medically Unnecessary Home Health Referrals NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that PADMINI NAGARAJ, age 62, a resident of Kenner, Louisiana was sentenced on January 9, 2020 by U.S. District Judge Barry W. Ashe to four years’ probation, which includes 250 hours of community service, in connection with her guilty plea to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. In addition, NAGARAJ was fined $10,000 [...]

Abner Pasatiempo, Guam Psychiatrist “guilty of immoral or unprofessional conduct”

Pacific Daily News Guam psychiatrist under investigation; previously disciplined in Maryland By Jerick Sablan January 5, 2020 Abner Pasatiempo - psychiatrist A Behavioral Health and Wellness Center psychiatrist whose Maryland medical license was suspended after he had sex with a patient is under investigation by the Guam Board of Medical Examiners. The board knew about Dr. Abner Pasatiempo's troubles in Maryland when he applied for a license here, but the Guam license was granted in April 2018 because of an extraordinary need to fill the position at Behavioral Health, said Dr. Nathaniel Berg, Board of Medical Examiners chairman, [...]

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 [...]

Mani Pavuluri, Psychiatrist, University of Illinois, “put children at risk”

Mani Pavuluri Propublica The $3 Million Research Breakdown How a star psychiatrist at the University of Illinois at Chicago violated protocols and put children at risk. by Jodi S. Cohen April 26. 2018 -- Excerpt For nearly two decades, the University of Illinois at Chicago has touted child psychiatrist Mani Pavuluri as one of its stars: She founded a renowned clinic to treat children with bipolar disorder and secured millions of dollars in coveted federal funding to help unlock the mysteries of the disease. Parents from around the country brought their children to see her. She helped boost the university [...]

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 [...]

Jayakumar Patil, New Hamphshire Psychiatrist, reprimanded

Jayakumar Patil Union Leader Psychiatrist reprimanded by NH Board of Medicine November 14, 2017 -- Excerpt CONCORD -- A New Hampshire psychiatrist will pay a $10,000 fine, undertake extensive medical education courses and have his work monitored by an expert under terms of a disciplinary agreement reached with state medical officials earlier this month. The agreement allows Dr. Jayakumar Patil to remain in practice. But he does so under reprimand by the New Hampshire Board of Medicine, which was issued two weeks ago and released to the media on Monday... His license was suspended for 30 days earlier [...]

Dan Nicolau, psychiatrist, Tennessee – probation for two years

Psychiatrist Dan Nicolau Dan Nicolau 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 [...]

Psychiatrist Dan Nicolau “medical license was placed on probation”

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 [...]

Reynaldo De Los Angeles, Nebraska Psychiatrist, Sentenced

Reynaldo De Los Angeles Omaha World Herald Psychiatrist gets probation, must pay $131,775 to IRS By Jay Withrow January 22, 2016 -- Excerpt A 70-year-old Kearney, Nebraska, psychiatrist was sentenced Thursday in federal court to five years of probation for failing to pay more than $131,000 in federal payroll taxes. U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg’s office said that Dr. Reynaldo De Los Angeles also was ordered to provide free psychiatric care to residents of Buffalo County one day a month for five years. De Los Angeles is required to pay $131,775 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service, provide his [...]

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 [...]

Thomas Havel, California psychiatrist, accused of molesting two teenage girls

Thomas Havel San Jose Mercury News Mountain View: Advocates for those molested by priests want psychiatrist out of El Camino Hospital By Eric Kurhi December 5, 2014 --Excerpt Victim advocates Friday called for the ouster of a psychiatrist and former priest who has practiced at El Camino Hospital for decades, citing accusations that he had molested two teenage girls years ago. In 1988 Dr. Thomas Havel, now 77, was accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl whom he had counseled before coming to El Camino, beginning when she was 13 years old. That lawsuit was dismissed on the grounds that [...]

William Ayres, California psychiatrist, sentenced to eight years

William Ayres San Jose Mercury News Peninsula child psychiatrist William Ayres sentenced to eight years for molesting patients By Joshua Melvin August 27, 2013 -- EXCERPT REDWOOD CITY -- As one victim after another testified, calling William Ayres a monster and a serial child-abuser who robbed them of their innocence, the once-renowned child psychiatrist sat stoically Monday as a judge sentenced him to eight years in prison for molesting his former patients. Because of his age and health problems, it is likely a life sentence for the 81-year-old ex-doctor who pleaded no contest to eight felony counts of lewd and [...]

Jackson Dempsey, Oregon Psychiatrist, Sabotaged Mountain Bike Trails

Jackson Dempsey The Associated Press Former Jackson County psychiatrist accused in bike trail sabotage expected to plead guilty April 30, 2013 --EXCERPT MEDFORD The Jackson County District Attorney's Office says Jackson Dempsey is due in court in Medford on Wednesday morning to change his not guilty pleas. Deputy District Attorney Alisa Ray says Dempsey has reached a plea agreement, but the charges and recommended sentence will not be disclosed until the hearing. Dempsey was a psychiatrist for Jackson County when he was arrested last July. He has since resigned. He was charged with assault and three [...]

Richard Adamson, Seattle Psychiatrist, accused of sex with 2 patients

Richard Adamson Seattlepi.com Woman sues Seattle psychiatrist accused of sex with patients By Vanessa Ho April 7, 2011 -- Excerpt A Seattle psychiatrist accused by the state of having sex with two patients has been sued by one of his patients, who said his actions caused her "severe psychological and emotional injury." Last week, the state's Medical Quality Assurance Commission suspended the license of Richard T. Adamson, after accusing him of having sex with two female patients and disclosing the contents of their therapy sessions to other patients. Much of the woman's lawsuit, filed Monday in King County Superior Court, [...]

The Washington Post July 3, 2001 Final Edition Revelations and Recriminations in Spy Case; By Dan Eggen Until a few weeks ago, Alen J. Salerian was a highly successful psychiatrist, with a full-time job as medical director of the Washington Psychiatric Center and a client list including senators and kings. But Salerian now is in the midst of an ethical storm. He is accused of betraying the confidence of alleged FBI spy Robert P. Hanssen by telling news reporters that Hanssen's "emotional wounds" and "the demons in his own mind" led him to betray his country. Salerian said he had [...]

Nestor Garcia, Florida Psychiatrist, Sentenced to Prison

Nestor Garcia The Tampa Tribune Psychiatrist sentenced to prison April 8, 1998 By Keith Morelli -- Excerpt A judge sentences a psychiatrist to prison for billing Medicare and Medicaid for services he never performed. A psychiatrist convicted of submitting bills of more than $ 4.5 million to Medicare and Medicaid between 1994 and 1995 was sentenced Tuesday to 6+ years in federal prison. Nestor A. Garcia was found guilty at a December health care fraud trial. Garcia was ordered to repay nearly $ 1.7 million to federal health care programs. Garcia, 43, also was ordered to serve three years [...]

Felix Larocca, Missouri psychiatrist, sex with teen-age patients

Felix Larocca St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Missouri) PSYCHIATRIST ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT LOSES LICENSE By Roger Signor August 13, 1992 -- Excerpt Missouri's agency that disciplines errant doctors has revoked the medical license of Dr. Felix F. Larocca, a St. Louis psychiatrist who the agency says had sexual relations with two of his teen-age patients in the mid-1980s. The agency, the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts, announced its decision Wednesday. Larocca, medical director of Deaconess Hospital's Eating and Mood Disorders Program, resigned his position Wednesday because he no longer has a medical license, said Jerry W. Paul, hospital [...]