Psych Crime Reporter

August 14, 2012

California psychologist Alice Berkowitz’s criminal conviction leads to license board action

Filed under: crime and fraud,psychologist — Psych Crime Reporter @ 8:38 pm

On January 17, 2012, the California Board of Psychology placed Alice Berkowitz, Ph.D.’s license on probation for five years with terms and conditions.

The Board’s Accusation states that Berkowitz underwent spinal surgery in early 2004 and was unable to work from February 2004 through at least December 2004.

Based on this inability to work, she applied for and received disability payments from both Liberty Mutual Insurance and Unum Provident.

However, during the period for which she was receiving payments for total disability, she worked and received income from work.

In December 2007, in the matter entitled The People of the State of California vs. Alice R. Berkowitz (Case No. BA331072), Berkowitz was charged with 21 felony fraud and theft counts relative to having applied for and received benefits when she was evidently able to work.

Berkowitz was ultimately found guilty of one of the charges and was sentenced July 28, 2010 to two years summary probation.

Among the conditions of her license probation are the imposition of a billing monitor and reimbursement of the Board’s costs of investigation and enforcement of $12,878.

Source: Stipulated Settlement and Disciplinary Order in the Matter of the Accusation Against Alice Berkowitz, Ph.D., License No. PSY 9223, Case No. 1F-2008-189371, OAH No. 2011070019, California Board of Psychology.

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