Psych Crime Reporter

January 26, 2012

California medical board files accusation against psychiatrist Yanira Maria Olaya

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On December 29, 2011 the Medical Board of California issued an Accusation against psychiatrist Yanira Maria Olaya, charging her with gross negligence and repeated negligent acts. The Board’s document details Olaya’s care of three patients at the San Diego County Psychiatric Hospital (SDCPH), which was found to be negligent. In one case, she treated a patient (“C.M.”) diagnosed with alcohol dependence with the antidepressant Trazodone, which caused the patient to become disoriented and to have seizure-like shaking in his body. C.M. was transferred to an emergency room whose doctor determined that Trazodone had likely caused orthostatic hypotension. The Board’s document states that Olaya did not think that the shaking was caused by Trazodone but should have known that it could have been the result of alcohol withdrawal. However, she made no changes in C.M.’s alcohol detoxification regimen to include anti-withdrawal medication. In another case, Olaya treated “R.W.” with valproic acid, a drug prescribed for the control of seizures. Two days later, the patient was observed to be in delirium, he walked into a wall, was confused and had difficulty speaking or answering simple questions. In the emergency room, a toxicology test found an elevated blood ammonia level due to an excessive amount of valproic acid. After being discharged from the emergency room, it was ordered that R.W. not be given valproic acid. R.W. was discharged from SDCPH but was admitted again three weeks later. Olaya assumed R.W.’s treatment but failed to review his patient file and again treated him with valproic acid, resulting in a repeat of the previous disorientation, etc. In the third case, Olaya had stabilized patient “D.E.”, who had been violent. Though D.E. was no longer showing an escalation of violence or aggression, Olaya inexplicably ordered his drug regimen be placed at unsafe levels. Following this, D.E. fell due to orthostatic hypotension, requiring stitches to his forehead.

Source: Accusation in the Matter of the Accusation Against Yanira Maria Olaya, M.D., Physician and Surgeon Certificate No. A94208, Case No. 10-2010-211148, Medical Board of California.


January 25, 2012

New Jersey mental health counselor Bobbi Triolo reprimanded

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On May 24, 2011, the Professional Counselor Examiners Committee of the New Jersey State Board of Marriage & Family Therapy Examiners reprimanded Bobbi Triolo, M.A., LPC, LCADC for dishonesty, fraud, deception, misrepresentation and false promise or false pretense, as well as professional misconduct.

The Board’s document states that Triolo prepared an invoice and progress note for a January 2, 2011 “in-home” counseling therapy session with a client, which did not occur in the client’s home. Triolo admitted to the Committee admitted that she had done this and that she spoke to the client by phone on that day.

Further, she admitted that during a December 2010 “in-home” counseling session, she asked the client’s mother to sign the paperwork for the January 2, 2011 “in-home” session.

In addition to the reprimand, Triolo was required to pay a $1,000 civil penalty, among other things.

Source: Consent Order in the Matter of the Suspension or Revocation of the License of Bobbi Triolo, M.A., LPC, LCADC, license no. 37PC0003100, to practice professional counseling in the State of New Jersey.

State of Ohio disciplines clinical counselors

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The Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist Board (“Board”) recently took disciplinary actions against the following professional clinical counselors:

On July 22, 2011, professional clinical counselor Richard Anderson entered into an agreement with the Board to submit to person counseling for a period of two years with a Board-approved practitioner at his own expense. The Board’s document states that Anderson, while employed at a mental health agency in Cincinnati, did not maintain the appropriate standards of care in treatment of an adult female client; did not document correctly the conversation within the session; did not maintain professional boundaries by texting with the client and not documenting the text messages and did not obtain peer review/supervision when issues presented that were problematic. Anderson admitted to these allegations.

Source: Consent Agreement between Richard Anderson and the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board, Professional Clinical Counselor license no. E-500635.

On September 15, 2011, the Board accepted the permanent surrender professional counselor Jimmy McKeller’s license. The Board’s document states that the Board received a complaint against McKeller “regarding his counselor license while employed in a corrections agency in Mansfield, Ohio.” The Board’s document does not provide any details on the nature of the allegations made against McKellar. However, the document states that McKeller admitted the allegations which were made against him and surrendered his license in lieu of potential disciplinary action against him.

Source: Consent Agreement between Jimmy McKeller and the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board, Professional Clinical Counselor license no. C-500253.

On July 22, 2011, license professional clinical counselor Diane J.  Zieger entered into an agreement with the Board to complete substance abuse treatment. The Board’s document states that on November 19, 2010, Zieger was ordered by the Board to submit to an impairment evaluation and that the results found evidence of impairment. In addition to substance abuse treatment, Zieger is required to undergo weekly practice monitoring for two years when she has returned to work.

Source: Consent Agreement between Diane J. Zieger and the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board, Professional Clinical Counselor license no. E-0008223.

On July 22, 2011, the Board required licensed professional clinical counselor Barbara Henry to obtain and complete 10 hours of continuing education (in addition to those which are required) in the areas of child custody and play therapy, at her own expense. The Board’s document states that Henry accepted a minor child for treatment without the consent of both parents, as stipulated in court documents. Henry also attempted to withhold the minor child’s records from the minor’s father without providing appropriate rationale and without documenting her rationale in the record. Henry admitted to the allegations.

Source: Consent Agreement between Barbara J. Henry and the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board, Professional Clinical Counselor license no. E-00002467.

On July 22, 2011, the Board accepted the surrender of the professional counselor Jerry Sedwick’s license. The Board’s document states that Sedwick renewed his licensed through March 14, 2013 but that when he was audited in June 2011 for compliance with continuing education requirements, he stated in correspondence that the license had been renewed by mistake. Sedwick did not provide the Board with any evidence of continuing education compliance.

Source: Consent Agreement between Jerry N. Sedwick and the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board, Professional Clinical Counselor license no. C-0001482.

Counselor Susan McAley found guilty of drug charges in two states

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On July 28, 2011, the Professional Counselor’s Section of the Wisconsin Marriage & Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board suspended indefinitely the license of professional counselor Susan J. McAley.

The Board’s document states that between August 2009 and November 20, 2009, while employed as a counselor at Aalto Enhancement Center in Kenosha, Wisconsin, McAley stole a physician’s printed prescription pad and forged several prescriptions for Adderall, Dexedrine and Ritalin (all stimulants that are Schedule II controlled substances).

She had some of the prescriptions filled in Kenosha and others filled in Illinois.

McAley was charged in October 2009 in Lake County, Illinois with unlawful acquisition of a controlled substance and forgery and was found guilty in August 2010 of the controlled substance charge and sentenced to 24 months probation (the forgery charge was dropped).

On January 14, 2010, McAley was charged in Kenosha County, Wisconsin. She entered a plea of guilty as part of a deferred prosecution agreement. If she successfully completes her probation on the Illinois conviction, the Wisconsin charge will be dismissed. Based on these criminal convictions, the Board issued a Complaint and Notice of Hearing to McAley, who never responded to the Board.

Source: Final Decision and Order in the Matter of the Disciplinary Proceedings Against Susan J. McAley, LPC, Order No. 0001227.

What part of “no” doesn’t psychiatrist Raymond Deicken understand?

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On January 5, 2012, the Medical Board of California revoked the license of geriatric psychiatrist Raymond Deicken. However, the Board set aside the revocation, suspending him instead for 60 days. He was additionally placed on probation for five years with terms and conditions. This was the result of a stipulated decision which Deicken entered into with the Board to settle charges against him which included failure to maintain adequate and accurate patient records and numerous counts of dishonesty, gross negligence and incompetence.

The Board’s Accusation details Deicken’s treatment of four patients at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, primarily for pain symptoms. In each case, Deicken privately prescribed to the patients and kept personal records of their treatment. This secret treatment was not made known to any of the patients’ other health care providers.

Deicken, who at one time was a professor of psychiatry at University of California, San Francisco,  began working as a psychiatrist at the San Francisco VA in 1991. In October 2005, a committee at the hospital determined that he was inappropriately prescribing opiate drugs—these are drugs classified by the U.S. government to be dangerous and highly addictive—and Deicken agreed to no longer prescribe them to patients of the VA.

However, just a month later, Deicken visited a VA patient, identified in the Board’s documents by the initials “T.C.”, at her home. T.C. suffered with numerous complaints including back and abdominal pain, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia and depression and anxiety due to failed treatment of Hepatitus. T.C. reported to Deicken that the pain control treatments she was receiving from another VA physician were not satisfactory. In response, Deicken prescribed T.C. the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin, as well as another painkiller. He agreed to her T.C. at her home; agreed not to discuss his treatment of T.C. with opiate painkillers with any of her other physicians at the San Francisco VA and agreed not to document his opiate prescriptions in T.C.’s VA patient records or consult with any of her other health care providers.

Plainly speaking, this is bad medicine. A doctor who privately attends to a patient and does not make his treatments known to the patient’s other health care providers puts both the patient and the other health care providers at risk. For instance, T.C.’s primary care physician, unaware of Deicken and his opiate prescriptions, might have prescribed something which proved fatal if combined with opiates or might have attempted to treat side effects of opiate intoxication without knowing what the cause of the side effects was.

In December 2005 and January 2006, Deicken increased the dosages of the two painkillers on T.C.’s complaints of continuing pain. By April 2006, T.C. was suffering from lethargy, fatigue and cognitive dulling from the opiates. To counter this, Deicken prescribed her the stimulant drug Adderall, which is also classified as a dangerous and highly addictive drug.

In other words, Deicken prescribed an extremely habit-forming drug to combat the side effects of other habit-forming drugs he’d prescribed her.

In May 2006, he began see T.C. at the VA’s outpatient psychiatric services for depression and anxiety and lied in her medical records, stating that she was being treated for pain at another clinic, when the truth was that he was treating her for pain in secret.

The Board’s document contains similar secret treatment scenarios involving three other patients and habit forming drugs.

Should Deicken violate any of the terms of his medical board probation, the Board will have the right to revoke probation and carry out the revocation of his license.

January 23, 2012

Psychiatrist Michael Applebaum ordered to pay $95,000 judgment in addition to prison sentence for fraud case

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January 20, 2012 — A former Idaho psychiatrist was ordered to pay nearly $95,000 in a legal judgment this week, adding to a prison sentence of up to 5 years, which he received in November for obstruction and falsifying records relating to Medicaid fraud.

The judgment, obtained by the US Attorney’s Office against Michael Applebaum, MD, of Nampa, Idaho, involved a civil lawsuit in which he was accused of submitting false Medicare and Medicaid claims for undocumented and ineligible services from 2004 through 2009.

Prosecutors claimed Dr. Applebaum failed to properly document services for approximately 502 claims, including falsifying service dates on 49 claims to make them appear eligible for reimbursement under Medicaid’s rule of submitting claims within 12 months of the date of service.

The lawsuit was filed under the False Claims Act, which holds violators liable for a civil penalty of up to $11,000 for each violation, plus 3 times the loss sustained by the United States.

“The judgment was for 3 times the amount of the loss, but the federal government didn’t pursue the penalties because the judgment would have amounted to millions for just $30,000 in fraud,” Kendal A. McDevitt, Lead Deputy Attorney General of Idaho and director of the state’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, told Medscape Medical News.

Criminal Conviction

In August, a jury convicted Dr. Applebaum of 2 felony counts of fraud and 2 counts of obstruction of an investigation for the filing of false Medicaid claims relating to the treatment of a severely disabled child who could not communicate.

The child, who had a severe seizure disorder, had been referred to Dr. Applebaum for the medical management of various medications, but prosecutors claimed the physician also billed Medicaid for individual psychotherapy services.

“The billing code for individual psychotherapy suggests the patient actually understands and can communicate in some fashion, but the child didn’t have the cognitive ability to speak, so that was the fraud,” McDevitt said.

The billing in that particular case amounted to only about $3,000; obstruction occurred when Dr. Applebaum was asked to present to investigators medical records relating to the claims.

The child’s mother had alerted authorities upon discovering discrepancies in benefit explanations. When investigators went to Dr. Applebaum’s office to evaluate the records, they became suspicious because of an apparent stalling in presenting the files.

“After a morning of waiting, the investigator flatly asked the doctor if the delays were because he was writing up the reports, and he simply said ‘yes,’ ” McDevitt said.

“[Dr. Applebaum] was looking at what he had billed to Medicaid and then writing conduct reports that would justify the billing right while the investigator was in the office waiting. That was what we found most offensive.”

The Defense

Dr. Applebaum’s defense was that part of the definition for the code for individual psychotherapy includes behavior modification, and in providing medical management, he was providing behavior modification, McDevitt said.

The former psychiatrist admitted to additional charges of billing an employee’s work as his own.

Dr. Applebaum, whose medical license was revoked by the Idaho State Board of Medicine in May, had a previous felony conviction for diverting drugs at a clinic in the 1990s and had lost his prescribing privileges for 10 years. It is likely that the previous felony was a factor in his receiving a prison sentence for the convictions, McDevitt noted.

The prosecutor added that Scott Summer, Dr. Applebaum’s attorney in the criminal case, is appealing the conviction. Summer did not respond to Medscape Medical News’ request for an interview.

As the government steps up its crackdown on Medicare fraud nationwide, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that the efforts of its Medicare Fraud Strike Force, established in 2007, resulted in the filing of charges against 283 individuals or entities in fiscal year 2011, leading to 184 convictions.

Mental health and psychiatry services were involved in numerous cases, including perhaps the most notorious — a massive fraud scheme in Florida involving several owners of the American Therapeutic Corporation.

In the case, the now-defunct corporation was used to bill Medicare for mental health services that either were not necessary or not provided. The owners were ordered to pay more than $87 million in restitution.

One of the owners, Lawrence Duran, received a 50-year prison sentence, the longest sentence ever imposed in a Medicare Fraud Strike Force Case, according to an HHS news release. Cover-up

According to Ellen Jaffe, who is with the Healthcare Systems and Financing Department of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), psychiatrists tend to unfairly get drawn into the spectrum of higher scrutiny when such cases involving mental health services gain notoriety.

“For a while, authorities in Florida, due to the fraud, were performing prepayment audits on all mental health and psychiatry claims in Miami-Dade County. and we had to work to have psychiatrists taken off the list,” Jaffe told Medscape Medical News.

If anything, however, the cases should underscore the importance of diligent record keeping, she said.

“We’re always reminding our doctors that they need to document everything. I think most professionals understand that. In the old days of psychotherapy, there may have been reluctance to really document in a medical way, but I don’t think that’s happening anymore.”

Jaffe noted that Dr. Applebaum was not an APA member. She said his offense appeared to go well beyond sloppy record-keeping.

“I think this guy’s problem is he tried to cover it up. Here in DC, it’s commonly said that it’s not necessarily the crime but the cover-up. It appears he was obstructing justice, and that’s probably why he got the jail time.”

Source: Nancy A. Melville, “Former Psychiatrist Gets Judgment, Jail Time for Fraud,” Medscape Today News, January 20, 2012.

January 15, 2012

Illinois psychiatrist Mani Batchu gets 10 years prison in Massachusetts child rape case

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In a high-stakes game of “he said-she said,” a Hampshire (Massachusetts) Superior Court judge gave more credence to the female victim Monday, sentencing a Chicago psychiatrist to 10 years in prison for child rape.

Mani Batchu, 32, a resident psychiatrist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, admitted to having sex with the 15-year-old girl on two occasions in 2009, once at the Mount Pollux Conservation Area in Amherst and once in a dressing room at the Hadley Shopping Plaza. In seeking the 1-year sentence, prosecutor Carrie M. Russell called Batchu a “sophisticated predator” who took advantage of both the girl’s age and her learning disability.

Batchu is already serving a 30-year federal sentence for crossing state lines to commit the crimes. In addition to flying from Chicago to meet the girl in Massachusetts, he also followed her to Florida on a family vacation and sent her hundreds of email and texts, according to prosecutors.

Batchu had previously pleaded guilty to the charges against him before Judge Bertha D. Josephson, but Josephson recused herself before sentencing him, saying that she had had inadvertent contact with a family member connected to the case. Judge Mar-Lou Rup heard the same plea and the same evidence from Russell on Monday. Rup also heard a reprisal by the girl’s mother of a victim’s statement written by her daughter in which she told Batchu, “You got me to do things a 15-year-old should never even know about.”

The mother also repeated her own statement, which included a long recounting of the relationship and how it affected the family. She told the judge that Batchu used his training to brainwash her child and that he originally posed as an 18-year-old South Hadley resident named “Mark Taylor,” whose father was dying of prostate cancer. The mother told Rup she was offended by defense assertions at the preceding plea that family problems contributed to her daughter’s actions.

Defense lawyer Francis T. O’Brien took the unusual step of addressing the mother in court as he refuted her account. According to O’Brien, the victim had previously posed as an 18-year-old online and had relationships with other older men.

“I’ve never seen this opportunity used as a forum for blaming everything that ever happened to your dysfunctional family on this man,” O’Brien told the woman before Rup instructed him to direct his comments to the court.

O’Brien, who was seeking a five-year sentence, contended that there was “an utter lack of any sense of accountability” by the family and said, “It’s time to look in the mirror.” He also reiterated that there were cultural differences involved in the case and that it was “the most extreme example of prosecutorial over-kill I have ever seen.”

Batchu was born in India. According to O’Brien, his mother, who was present in court, was married to his father at age 15.

Rup opted for the higher sentence, also adopting Russell’s recommendation that it be followed by 10 years probation. If Batchu is released from prison while still under probation, he will be barred from having any unsupervised contact with children under the age of 16.

Source: Fred Contrada, “Psychiatrist Mani Batchu gets 10 years in prison for rape of Western Massachusetts girl,” The Republican, December 19, 2011.

Prison psychiatrist David Hoban surrenders license following fraud conviction

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Dr. David Hoban has surrendered his license to the State Medical Board of California, closing the book on an accusation that he fraudulently billed the state for 242 hours while he was chief psychiatrist at Salinas Valley State Prison.

He signed the paperwork just before Christmas; the medical board approved it Dec. 28.

“I’m 68, I decided to retire,” said Hoban, a 1969 Temple University School of Medicine graduate who had an office on Riverside Drive. “I was doing a good thing and it turned into a bad thing.”

He said he could not comment further.

Medical care at California’s prisons has been supervised by a federally appointed receiver for six years after a court decision that medical services for inmates did not meet constitutional standards.

In November 2008, an indictment was filed against six doctors including Hoban in Monterey County Superior Court alleging the state prison was overbilled by $160,000. At the time, the attorney representing the Salinas Valley prison’s medical chief said his client had inherited a dysfunctional operation and was trying to improve services to inmates; charges against the prison medical chief were later dismissed.

The indictment alleged eight felony violations and charged Hoban conspired with others to defraud the state out of $60,000.

It alleged that Hoban falsified prison exit logs on 15 occasions between March 1 and June 30 of 2007, writing down a later time rather than the time he actually left the grounds. Investigators said he treated inmates for a few hours but submitted time sheets indicating he worked a full day.

Shortly before Christmas 2009, the charges were reduced and Hoban pleaded no contest to overbilling the state $42,000.

The next month, the court reduced the single felony conviction to a misdemeanor and sentenced Hoban to 300 hours of community service, completion of a theft offender class and making restitution of $42,000 to the state.

Six months later, the medical board accused Hoban of unprofessional conduct.

Hoban contested the accusation, which alleged he signed documents related to the practice of medicine that falsely represented the facts.

He was represented by Sacramento attorney Robert Zaro.

In July, Hoban signed a settlement and disciplinary order in which he admitted the truth of the accusation and agreed to be placed on probation for five years. The disciplinary order, which took effect Sept. 30, suspended his practice for 135 days.

It required him to take an ethics course within 60 days and obtain the services of a physician to monitor his billing for patient services and provide quarterly reports to the medical board.

It also required him to provide a copy of the medical board actions to every hospital where he had privileges and to every insurer providing him with malpractice insurance coverage.

Hoban volunteered at a homeless center and at a veterans center to fulfill his community service requirement.

Source: Jondi Gumz, “Dr. David Hoban, Santa Cruz psychiatrist, turns in his license, closing overbilling case,” Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 9, 2012.

Psychiatrist gets 25 years prison for $12 million federal health care fraud

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An El Paso psychiatrist who bilked the government out of $12 million has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for participating in a health-care billing scheme.

Senior U.S. District Judge David Briones sentenced Dr. Anthony Francis Valdez on Friday.

Valdez has been in custody since his conviction by a federal court jury in July.

Valdez, 57, was also ordered to pay more than $13 million in restitution to Medicaid, Medicare and TRICARE.

He will also forfeit $1.7 million in cash, his homes in El Paso and San Antonio, and five vehicles. Valdez was also fined $9.7 million.

“Valdez preyed on the most vulnerable members of our society — the poor, the disabled and the elderly. In doing so, he sought to enrich himself by billing health-care entitlement programs,” United States Attorney Robert Pitman said.

Valdez is a psychiatrist and owner of the Institute of Pain Management.

He was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health-care fraud, six counts of health-care fraud, six counts of making false statements related to health-care matters and three counts of money laundering.

The Institute of Pain Management had clinics in El Paso and San Antonio.

His license was also taken.

During Valdez’s trial, prosecutors alleged that between January 2005 and December 2009, Valdez submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE for procedures that he either didn’t perform or that were non-reimbursable.

FBI agents arrested Valdez in June 2010, three years after raiding his office on Zaragoza Road.

At the time of his arrest, federal prosecutors alleged that Valdez fraudulently billed health-care programs almost $42 million for treatments, and that he received about $12.3 million.

“These kind of criminals like Dr. Valdez hurt the very nature of our health-care system by falsely inflating the cost of health care for all of us,” said IRS spokesman Agent Mike Lemoine.

“His punishment is well justified and serves as a warning to other unscrupulous health-care professionals.”

Source: Adriana M. Chavez, “Psychiatrist given 25 years in health-care fraud case,” El Paso Times, January 7,

Hey, Florida: It’s time to yank Holli Bodner’s psychology license!

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January 9, 2012

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a licensed psychologist from Bradenton for illegally providing controlled substances to an inmate at the Sarasota County jail.

A corrections sergeant developed intelligence information that Holli Bodner, 51, of the 7300 block of Kensington Court, Bradenton, agreed to supply an inmate with Oxycodone and Lorazepam during prearranged visits at the jail, according to a news release.

Sheriff’s office detectives monitored four occasions in the month of December during which Bodner met with and supplied an inmate with narcotics. Detectives recovered the drugs from the inmate immediately after each meeting, according to the report.

Bodner was arrested Friday afternoon as she arrived at the jail for another scheduled appointment with the inmate.

Shewas charged with four counts of delivery of a controlled substance and four counts of introduction of a controlled substance into a correctional facility, all felonies.

She was released Saturday evening after posting $4,000 bond.

This is not Bodner’s first time being on the wrong side of the law.

In March 2005, Bodner was convicted of perjury and sentenced to 10 weekends in jail for lying on forms to have her next-door neighbor involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward.

Bodner had a year-long feud with neighbor Jean Pierre Villar about streetlights and dog poop before committing him to a mental-health center under Florida’s Baker Act, allowing involuntary three-day commitments for psychological evaluations.

A prosecutor argued that Bodner’s action in April 2003 contributed to the 41-year-old’s death from a blood clot in November 2004. She pleaded no contest to the perjury charge and said she didn’t mean any harm.

Erika Villar said her husband had chronic pain after Manatee County sheriff’s deputies aggravated a work-related back injury when they forced him into a squad car during his involuntary detention.

In her petition to commit Villar, Bodner, 44, said he had abused his wife and child and threatened her boyfriend. Commitments are permitted when someone is a danger to themselves or others.

The state Health Department restricted her to working 15 hours a week with supervision.

Source: “Bradenton psychologist charged with smuggling drugs into Sarasota jail,” Bradenton Herald, January 9, 2012.

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