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May 22, 2013
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The Army psychiatrist charged with killing 13 people and wounding 32 others during a 2009 shooting at Fort Hood is still receiving his paycheck, earning more than $278,000 since the incident, Fox News is reporting.
According to the report, Major Nidal Hasan’s salary cannot be suspended unless he is convicted of the shootings per the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The rules are different for civilian Department of Defense workers, who could have had their pay suspended after seven days.
Jury selection for Hasan’s trial is scheduled to begin May 30. He faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole if convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.
The White House and the Pentagon have maintained the Fort Hood shootings were incidents of workplace violence and not terrorism. Victims in the shooting have been denied the Purple Heart and the Pentagon said labeling Hasan’s attack as an act of terror would make it impossible for him to receive a fair trial.
On September 28, 2012, the Ohio Board of Psychology permanently revoked the license of Judith A. Lalli, Ph.D.
The Board’s document states that while employed as a psychologist at a state correctional facility, Lalli engaged in multiple relationships with patients, including verbal conduct of a sexual nature. She also violated patient confidentiality. Additionally, Lalli pleaded no contest January 24, 2012 to a charge of theft and was placed on a first offenders program, which included community service and three days in jail.
On September 28, 2012, the Ohio Board of Psychology reprimanded Darlene Barnes, Ph.D.
The Board’s document states that Barnes conducted a business relationship with someone who was also a current patient, paying the woman to clean her office and home, run errands, etc.
Barnes was indicted for intentionally possessing false or forged prescriptions for controlled (Barnes is also a registered nurse with prescriptive authority) for her own use.
She entered a intervention program in March 2012 in lieu of a criminal conviction.
On January 18, 2013, the Ohio Board of Psychology reprimanded Robert Davis, M.A. for issues of negligence and competence.
The Board’s document states that Davis was referred by a local non-profit foster care agency to conduct an evaluation of a married couple who were applying to become foster parents.
Davis conducted testing and evaluation but billed for individual psychotherapy. He provided scant evaluations to the agency and, when requested by the agency to provide more information, again did not provide enough.
When the agency requested an evaluation of the test results, Davis advised the agency he would be charging them an additional $100 per person for “the extra work.” When the agency did not pay, he attempted to bill the couple, though he had not obtained their consent with regard to his billing practices.
On January 18, 2013, the Ohio Board of Psychology reprimanded Sylvester Briggs, Ph.D.
The Board document states that in November 2011, Briggs was placed administrative leave from his position at the Chillicothe Correctional Institute (CCI) pending an investigation into his conduct as psychologist supervisor.
The document states that the leave was related to, among other things, Briggs authorizing inmates to have access to and/or possess confidential mental health information, in violation of policy.
This is reported to have occurred when Briggs utilized three CCI inmates to help relocate his offices.
On July 17, 2012, the Missouri State Committee of Psychologists revoked the license of John T. Trimble, Ph.D.
According the Committee’s document, Trimble provided false information to the Committee relative to a counselor for whom he was attesting had met certain qualifications for state licensure. Trimble did not provide appropriate supervision over the counselor, did not provide feedback to him; did not evaluate his performance; did not read or cosign his reports and did not conduct weekly one-hour, face-to-face supervision sessions with him, as required.
On April 10, 2013, the Medical Board of Ohio suspended the license of psychiatrist Ali Salim.
Salim was arrested on or about February 20, 2013 following an indictment in the Court of Common Pleas, Delaware County, Ohio, charging him with two counts of murder, rape, felonious assault, corrupting another with drugs, kidnapping, two counts of tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.
News reports state that Salim is accused of injecting a 23-year-old pregnant woman with a lethal dose of heroin and then “doing ‘inhumane’ things to her corpse.” The woman had answered a Craigslist ad that Salim had placed, allegedly for housecleaning.
Salim has pleaded not guilty on all charges and was released from custody on February 25 on conditions which include house arrest and GPS monitoring.
Salim has declined to provide the Board with certain factual information concerning the pending criminal matter against him.
On April 10, 2013, the Medical Board of Ohio reprimanded psychiatrist John Heather.
The Board’s document states that Heather voluntarily entered into this decision to settle charges against him and that he admittedly prescribed Adderall to a family member but failed to document the diagnosis and purpose for prescribing it; failed to complete and maintain accurate records reflecting his evaluation and treatment of this family member and admitted prescribing it to another family member until she could see her primary care physician.
Heather is required to obtain additional education in prescribing and recordkeeping as terms of this reprimand.
On April 10, 2013, the Medical Board of Ohio issued a letter of intention to psychiatrist Anil Nalluri and informing him of his right to a hearing prior to a proposed disciplinary action against him. The Board is seeking to take disciplinary action against Nalluri’s license due to a criminal conviction. The Board’s letter indicates that Nalluri pleaded guilty December 13, 2012 to worker’s compensation fraud.