Psych Crime Reporter

April 29, 2013

State commission finds merit in complaint against psychiatrist John Matt Dorn aka James Hitchcock Ochiltree

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BRUNSWICK, Maine — A Bath woman has reasonable grounds to claim that she was subject to a hostile environment in public accommodations when her therapist allegedly subjected her to sexual comments and unwelcome touching, according to an investigator with the Maine Human Rights Commission. The counselor is denying his former patient’s allegations.

The psychiatrist in question, Dr. John Matt Dorn of Brunswick — who now goes by the name James Hitchcock Ochiltree — had his license suspended in April 2011 after the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine determined in a separate matter that his practice of medicine presented threats to his patients’ safety.

In the matter before the Maine Human Rights Commission, a patient of Dorn’s named Renee Mayer alleged in a complaint filed in June 2011 that the psychiatrist began sexually harassing her shortly after she began individual and marriage therapy sessions with him in October 2009. Some of the objectionable behavior including long, unwanted hugs, other touches and sexual comments, according to the April 19 report by investigator Robert Beauchesne.

Mayer said that over the months until she stopped seeing him for good in December 2010, he told her about his sexual prowess, asked when she would go to bed with him and made other overtures — including putting his hand between her thighs and telling her he could please her anyway she wanted.

Mayer said she ended individual counseling sessions with Dorn in September 2010, but continued to see him with her husband until that December, when the psychiatrist told him in a joint session that he had “tried several times to seduce your wife and she wouldn’t have anything to do with me,” according to the complaint.

After that session, Mayer and her husband both quit seeing Dorn for counseling. She said that Dorn then called her several times to ask if she was planning to press charges, and also sent her a package with quotes from scripture about the sanctity of marriage and a picture of Dorn with his wife. She believed this was the psychiatrist’s attempt to discourage her from filing charges against him.

Mayer filed her complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission a month after Dorn’s medical license was revoked.

In the psychiatrist’s response to Mayer’s complaint, he said that at no time was there inappropriate contact or communications between them, and that he did not send the photograph of him with his wife.

“While Dr. Dorn acknowledges that he hugged all of his patients as a gesture of support and comfort, he was not sexually aroused by these hugs, as the complainant has alleged,” Beauchesne wrote. “While Dr. Dorn also acknowledges that he sent scripture to the complainant on one occasion, this was consistent with his standard practice of incorporating religion into treatment when his patients expressed a desire for him to do so.”

Additionally, the psychiatrist said that Mayer’s allegations do not constitute a charge of discrimination.

“She contends that Dr. Dorn violated personal and professional boundaries in the context of their physician-patient relationship. This is not a ‘denial of public accommodation’ based upon the complainant’s sex,” the investigator wrote about Dorn’s response. “In sum, the allegations made by the complainant are untrue. However, even if they were true, they do not constitute evidence of discrimination.”

In his analysis of the complaint, Beauchesne wrote that in order to find that Mayer’s case has “reasonable grounds” of prevailing in a civil court case, the commission must determine that there is “a fair preponderance of evidence” to prove unlawful discrimination.

He said that both Dorn and Mayer cannot be telling the truth about what happened in his office, and that because of the “he said, she said,” nature of the case, the parties’ credibility is crucial. And while Mayer was willing to participate in a fact-finding conference to have her credibility assessed, Dorn was not, Beauchesne wrote. The psychiatrist also provided no explanation of how Mayer would have received a photograph of him and his wife if he never sent it.

“The complainant is not required to prove that she was denied any and all treatment in order to establish that she was denied equal access to a public accommodation,” he wrote. “The fact that the complainant may have received adequate or even exceptional psychiatric treatment does not alter the fact that she was entitled to receive such services without being subjected to unwelcome inappropriate touching and/or sexual comments.”

If the commission agrees and finds reasonable grounds on the part of Mayer, the commission then offers mediation to resolve the dispute. If the dispute is not settled, she can then sue in Superior Court.

Source: Abigail Curtis, “Investigator says woman’s claims of sexual harassment against former psychiatrist have merit,” Bangor Daily News,” April 27, 2013.

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Psychiatrist Abdullahi Mohamed sentenced to year in jail for sex abuse of patients

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A former psychiatrist who prac­ticed in Monroe was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail for sexually assaulting patients and also has been named in addi­tional civil lawsuits, with the alleged victims seeking $10 million in damages.

Dr. Abdullahi A. Mohamed, 58, will spend the next year in jail after he was sentenced by Monroe County Circuit Judge Michael A. Weipert. In addition to imprisonment, Judge Weipert sen­tenced Dr. Mohamed to five years of probation and ordered that he no longer can practice medicine. The defendant also must stay away from the victims.

In January, Dr. Mohamed, whose license remains active through 2015 according to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Reg­ulatory Affairs, pleaded no contest to three counts of criminal sexual conduct-fourth degree involving a mental health professional.

Up to nine women have com­plained to authorities that the psy­chiatrist took advantage of them while they were under his care. A Newport woman filed a civil law­suit last summer in Wayne County Circuit Court seeking $10 million.

Since then, two others filed suits in Monroe County Circuit Court seeking the same amount in dam­ages. All three plaintiffs are being represented by the same attorney, Gregory J. Rohl of Novi.

Earlier this month, a 48- year­old LaSalle woman claimed in her 13- page suit that Dr. Mohamed touched her sexually on six dif­ferent occasions between January and May, 2012. During one visit, the defendant allegedly “ lifted up her shirt and inappropriately hugged and kissed the plaintiff,” the lawsuit read.

The psychiatrist reportedly told her he had sexually explicit dreams about her, then locked her inside his office. When she resisted his advances, the lawsuit claims, he told her, “Just wait. I will get you.”

In the other lawsuit filed by a 35- year- old Temperance woman, it was alleged that the defendant attempted to sexually assault the victim but she resisted. On another occasion, however, he was accused of lifting up her shirt and rubbing her breasts.

In both Monroe suits, the plain­tiffs are seeking damages for emo­tional distress, sexual assault, fright and shock and other issues. The women claimed in court and in legal papers that they felt vul­nerable during the assaults and were prescribed high doses of po­tent medications.

Also named in the civil suits were the Progressive Guidance Center of Monroe, 15502 S. Telegraph Rd.; Mercy Memorial Hospital where Dr. Mohamed was a staff physi­cian until his termination, and the Family Health Clinic, 700 Stewart Rd., where he had an office.

Dr. Mohamed’s criminal attor­ney, Barry A. Resnick of Farming­ton Hills, said in court Thursday that his client has lost everything, including his license to practice, his home and his car.

Monroe County Assistant Pros­ecutor Amara Hunter said several victims spoke during the sentenc­ing hearing describing their emo­tional and physical distress caused by the incidents. Dr. Mohamed said nothing in court.

Source: “Monroe Doctor Sentenced In Sexual Assaults,” Monroe News, March 22, 2013.

Licensed counselor and wife charged with $600,000 Medicaid fraud

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On April 17, 2013, the Gwinnett County Grand Jury indicted co-defendants Derrell Jackson and Shayla Darrington Jackson for violation of the Georgia R.I.C.O. (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act, Medicaid Fraud and Theft by Taking.

Derrell Jackson and Shayla D. Jackson, husband and wife, obtained over $600,000.00 of Medicaid funds by submitting false billing to the Georgia Medicaid program over the course of three years.  Their company, Project Focus, LLC, was enrolled in the Medicaid program known as Intensive Family Intervention, which provides in-home mental health counseling to youths diagnosed with severe behavioral disorders. Derrell Jackson is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia.

The investigation revealed that during audits dated January 26, 2009, and May 21, 2009, the Jacksons had presented false progress notes in patient files being reviewed by auditors. Additionally, many of the progress notes were forged using the name of a non-existent employee. In the final analysis, services simply had not been provided as claimed by the Jacksons.

The fraudulent scheme was discovered when the Jacksons failed to appear for scheduled audits, first in February 23, 2010, and then March 23, 2010.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Henry A. Hibbert. Investigator Johnny Brooks, Nurse Investigator Judith Cooper, Intelligence Analyst Zwella Boyd, and Assistant Attorney General Henry A. Hibbert investigated the case with the assistance of the Georgia Department of Community Health’s Office of Inspector General.

Source: “Youth Counselors Charged with Defrauding Georgia Medicaid of More than $600K,” press release of the Office of the Georgia Attorney General, April 19, 2013.

DC psychiatrist Alen J. Salerian indicted for illegal prescribing

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ABINGDON, VIRGINIA — A Washington D.C.-based doctor has been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon on allegations of illegally distributing prescription drugs.

The grand jury has charged Alen Johannes Salerian, 65, of Bethesda, Md., in a 36-count indictment that was unsealed this afternoon following the defendant’s initial court appearance.

Salerian has been charged with one count of conspiring to distribute OxyContin, oxycodone, methadone, Opana ER and fentanyl, all schedule II controlled substances, without a legitimate medical purpose and beyond the bounds of medical practice and 35 counts of distributing OxyContin, oxycodone, and methadone, all schedule II controlled substances, without a legitimate medical purpose and beyond the bounds of medical practice.

According to the indictment, between 2001 and 2010, Salerian, a medical doctor, operated the Washington Center for Psychiatry in Washington D.C. In 2010, Salerian renamed his practice The Salerian Center for Neuroscience and Pain.

During the time relevant to this indictment, office fees for pain management patients at the Washington Center for Psychiatry and The Salerian Center for Neuroscience and Pain were increased so that pain management patients were charged higher fees for office visits than psychiatric patients. In 2009, according to the practice’s fee schedule, an “Initial Assessment” cost $290, and “Medication visits 10-15 minutes” cost $155. There was no separate cost listed for pain management patients. In 2010, according to the practice’s fee schedule, the fee for a new psychiatric patient visit was $295, “Medication Visits 10-15 minutes” cost $160, and psychotherapy visits lasting 25-30 minutes cost $260. All appointments for pain management patients in 2010 cost $350. In 2011, the fee for a new psychiatric patient visit was increased to $310 and subsequent office visits cost $170. A new patient visit for a pain management patient was increased in 2011 to $1000, and the “monthly fee” was increased to $370.

During times relevant to this indictment, pain management patients at the Washington Center for Psychiatry and The Salerian Center for Neuroscience and Pain were provided materials advising them monthly consultations were required, either in person or via telephone. Some patients were advised orally that every second, third, and fourth appointment could be conducted via telephone or via live Internet communication. Phone and Internet consultations were billed at the same rate as follow-up monthly office visits. Following a phone or Internet consultation, prescriptions were either available for pick-up at the Center or were sent to the patient or pharmacy.

The indictment alleges that between 2007 and April 5, 2012, Salerian distributed and dispensed, and caused the distribution and dispensing, of the prescription pain medications OxyContin, oxycodone, methadone, Opana ER, and fentanyl to pain management patients without a legitimate medical purpose and beyond the bounds of medical practice.

If convicted, the maximum possibly penalty faced by the defendant for each count of conviction is up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000,000.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services-Office of the Inspector General, the Office of Personnel Management-Office of the Inspector General, the Virginia State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Bockhorst and Special Assistant United States Attorney Dennis Lee will prosecute the case for the United States.

A Grand Jury indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the government to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source: “Washington DC Doctor Indicted on Rx Drug Charges; Alen Salerian Charged In 36-Count Indictment,” Press release of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia, April 25, 2013.

April 27, 2013

Two UK psych nurses lose licenses over patient’s death

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Two nurses have been struck off after a patient was found dead outside a mental health unit in Manchester.

Peter Thompson, 41, was refused entry to Edale House on Hathersage Road, where he was a patient, on 3 April 2010 as he had a bottle of vodka with him.

He was told to stay by the ward entrance, where he was found dead 10 hours later.

Oladini Oyabadejo and Joseph Crentsil were found guilty of misconduct by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Their case was heard by the fitness to practise panel in London and Mr Crentsil, a night shift manager, and Mr Oyabadejo, a mental health nurse, were struck off.
Body moved

Edale House, which was on the same site as Manchester Royal Infirmary, has since closed.

The inquest into the death of Mr Thompson, of Gorton, heard he had a long history of drink and drug abuse and had been addicted to crack cocaine and heroin.

The NMC said Mr Oyabadejo and Mr Crentsil did not make adequate checks on Mr Thompson in the hours before his death.

It said neither nurse tried to resuscitate the patient when they found he was not responding.

It said on finding he was dead, Mr Oyabadejo did not immediately call the emergency services but was seen on CCTV moving the body from outside the ward.

The NMC said Mr Oyabadejo and Mr Crentsil were not present at the hearing.

The pair are no longer employed by Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.

Adrian Childs, director of nursing and therapies at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, said the trust was “totally committed to delivering the highest standards of clinical and compassionate care”.

He added: “This appalling incident was both shocking and distressing.

“Action was swiftly taken at the time to ensure such a lapse could never happen again and we are pleased that the NMC has supported our referral.”

Source: “Edale House nurses struck off over patient death,” BBC News, April 9, 2013.

Mental health counselor guilty of $500,000 fraud scheme

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Memphis, TN – Mechell D. Toles, 44, of Collierville, TN, pleaded guilty this morning to a one count Information charging her with health care fraud, announced United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, Edward L. Stanton III. Toles, a licensed professional counselor who formerly operated offices in Memphis and Collierville, will be sentenced on July 1, 2013 before Chief United States District Judge Jon Phipps McCalla.

According to the Information and to statements made at the guilty plea hearing this morning, Ms. Toles – who has an undergraduate degree from Purdue University, a masters degree from the University of Mississippi, and a Ph.D. from Walden University – received referrals from the Shelby County Juvenile Court, which was the primary source of her counseling clientele. Hundreds of Ms. Toles’ patients were enrolled in TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program. In western Tennessee, TennCare operates through two managed care organizations: Blue Care, which is associated with Blue Cross Blue Shield; and AmeriChoice, which is associated with United Health Care.

The investigation began after AmeriChoice audited Ms. Toles based on her high volume of counseling services and, upon finding incomplete documentation in her files, provided her with training on proper documentation and billing. The TennCare Office of Integrity referred the audit and inquiry into Ms. Toles’ billing practices to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on suspicion that she had engaged in health care fraud.

Investigators obtained billing information from the managed care organizations, reviewed correspondence and documentation from Juvenile Court, interviewed patients, surveilled Ms. Toles, and obtained a search warrant. The investigation revealed numerous occasions for which Ms. Toles billed for more than 24 hours of services in a single day. It also revealed instances in which Ms. Toles billed for counseling sessions on dates before patients had been referred to her and on dozens of dates after she had discharged patients. Ms. Toles’ files were largely devoid of any documentation of services provided, and patient records showed blank sheet after blank sheet for the purported dates of service. Based on billings for which there was no documentation of any services, investigators estimate approximately $500,000 to $600,000 was billed by Ms. Toles and paid by TennCare for which no valid services were actually rendered.

After her offices were searched, Ms. Toles was interviewed and admitted that her patient files were “horrible” and that only one or two were correct. She also admitted that she billed for services on dates when no services were provided. She claimed she was not sure how much money she had obtained, that she wanted to pay it back, that she did not have any particular need for the money – which had been spent – and that she knew at the time it was wrong but that it was just easy to do.

“While serving in a position of trust and being paid to help children in need, Ms. Toles instead helped herself to more than a half-million dollars of taxpayer monies,” said U.S. Attorney Stanton. “By doing so, she brazenly diverted resources from deserving clients and unscrupulously manipulated our nation’s health-care benefits system for her own benefit.”

This investigation is being conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Fabian represents the government.

Source: “Shelby County Juvenile Court Psychiatric Counselor Pleads Guilty To $500,000 Health Care Fraud Scheme,” press release of United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee, March 25, 2013.

Minnesota psychiatrist billed state as if in two places at once

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A highly paid psychiatrist working in state mental health hospitals engaged in a pattern of false billing claims while collecting more than $430,000 in payments beyond his base salary over three years, according to investigative documents obtained by the Star Tribune.

Dr. Robert B. Jones, who oversaw psychiatric care for hundreds of patients across Minnesota’s northern region, billed the state for services while he was actually working at his private medical practice and his family farm, according to findings documented in three investigators’ reports.

As a result, investigators concluded, patients under state care likely failed to receive the treatment they needed. In one instance, the state’s top psychiatrist, Dr. Alan Radke, failed to reach Jones because it was found that Jones “was in a tractor plowing his fields and didn’t hear the telephone ring.”

In an interview with the Star Trib­une, Jones denied any wrongdoing and said he didn’t know he was under investigation.

“I do know they paid me a lot of money to drive around,” he said.

Separately, during an inquiry last fall by the state Legislative Auditor, Jones charged that the state’s mental health system is chronically understaffed and barely capable of providing appropriate psychiatric care. Jones told an examiner from the Office of the Legislative Auditor that some of the state’s regional mental health hospitals went days without an on-site psychiatrist and that some patients received therapy by phone because there was no staff therapist available.

Jones, who was fired in February after 23 years working for the state, is now under investigation on a second front for Medicaid billings involving claims that could mount to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Jones’ case is the latest sign of dysfunction in a state system that serves hundreds of psychiatric patients. The Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter was placed on conditional license in 2011 after reports surfaced of repeated patient abuses, and two doctors there were recently rebuked by a Hennepin County judge for misleading him about the care of a patient.

A confidential internal report written last August also indicates that top officials at the Minnesota Department of Human Services failed to crack down on Jones’ work practices despite knowing of his billing irregularities. The report shows that Radke knew Jones was claiming vast amounts of supplemental pay known as “callback” hours, but did not order Jones to stop the practice.

“We discussed this with Dr. Radke, and he said he had encouraged Dr. Jones to not claim callback during the workweek,” investigators wrote.

Radke declined to comment for this article.

In an interview last week, Deputy Human Services Commissioner Anne Barry described Jones’ actions as “incredible.” She said Jones put two groups of clients in jeopardy at the same time — those under state care and those in his private practice.

“When you are on-call, it means you have to immediately serve people with high needs, and that didn’t happen,” she said. “What Dr. Jones did under his billing would have been physically impossible to pull off.”

Barry also faulted Radke. “I’m a trust-but-verify person,” Barry said. “Dr. Radke trusted Jones would change his behavior. We have discovered Dr. Jones did things that even Dr. Radke didn’t know about. This shows we have to go beyond trust. We have to verify.”

‘Serious breach’

Altogether, Jones earned between $387,000 and $426,000 annually over the last three years, including base salary, on-call pay, callback pay and specialty differential pay.

In an interview with the newspaper, Jones said the reason he received more than $439,000 in on-call pay from 2009 through 2011 was that he was responsible for overall care at six of the state’s community behavioral hospitals, small regional mental health facilities with chronic staffing problems.

Yet investigators found that Jones was often working on state time at the for-profit Northern Pines Mental Health Center in Brainerd, a counseling center in Wadena, and for a small treatment team.

“On many occasions there is no indication that you reported to work for necessary callback duties,” Jones was told in his firing letter. “Your conduct is a serious breach of DHS ethical standards.”

While the investigation against Jones was in its latter stages, he met with an examiner from the Legislative Auditor and leveled his own charges at the state’s mental health system. He said he was forced to hire out-of-state doctors to cover staff shortages at six northern behavioral health hospitals and said patient care suffered as a result.

At one point, he showed the examiner a spreadsheet from his laptop computer: “ … in a few instances there had been no psychiatrists on site on some days … with coverage being provided by phone for part or all day,” the examiner concluded.

“Jones said that on-call psychiatrists are answering the phone, screening patients, ordering labs, prescribing medication and generally practicing medicine in a way that incurs liability and risk,” the summary states.

‘Last man standing’

Barry, who assumed direct oversight of the St. Peter hospital last year under direction from Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, has acknowledged difficulty in hiring qualified forensic psychiatrists for state facilities. But she also has said the system is improving, and said her agency is in negotiations with the University of Minnesota’s medical school to train and recruit new professionals for the system.

Jones said that when the innovative community behavioral hospital system was launched in 2006, the state did not plan adequately for medical staffing. Initially, each of the small regional facilities was supposed to have an advanced-practice nurse and two psychiatrists. In the rush to open the hospitals, he said “they just took whoever they could get.” For example, the hospital in Bemidji opened with one nurse on site and no psychiatrist, leaving Jones to describe himself as “the last man standing.”

Filling in at the St. Peter hospital, Jones told the Legislative Auditor’s examiner, he “came out feeling thoroughly exhausted and yet did not have any sense he had done anything helpful for the patients he had seen.”

Source: Paul McEnroe, “Billing puts psychiatrist in two places at once; Minnesota alleges false billing,” Star Tribune, April 22, 2013.

Psych nurse loses license for putting suicidal patient in danger

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A nurse who gave a suicidal patient who had tried to strangle himself a guitar and left him alone has been struck off.

Christine O’Meara was seen handing the string instrument to the man who had been placed on “suicide watch” after making two attempts to take his own life.

He had previously tried to kill himself by stangulation and driving into a brick wall before being referred to a secure mental health facility at Guild Lodge Care Home in Preston.

A panel at the Nursing and Midwifery Council in London found she had a “lack of insight” in carrying out her duties as a mental health nurse.

Manager Alison Makinson was working with O’Meara on May 7 2010 when she saw her unlock the door to the ward manager’s office and allow Patient B to retrieve his guitar.

Ms Makinson told the panel she was “shocked and surprised” by the nurses actions because of frequent discussions about allowing the man to access the instrument.

A series of charges against the nurse were upheld by the panel, including delivering prescription drugs to a former patient with a history of substance abuse.

O’Meara took the weight-loss drug Simvastatin to Patient A and when challenged about her actions told senior doctors she did so “in her own time” after work.

The panel found that O’Meara’s actions were “inappropriate” because she had not sought advice from senior nurses.

Panel chair Stephen Redmond said there was no alternative but to strike her off the nursing register.

He said: “The panel considers that striking off is the only sanction which will be sufficient for the protection of the public and the public interest.

“Although Ms O’Meara is a caring person who wanted to care for the patient, she failed to follow procedures and protocols which would protect him.

“The panel concluded that Ms O’Meara acted in a manner which put her patients at risk of potential harm.

“There was no evidence to suggest Ms O’Meara had full insight into and in fact remedied her failings.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “The individual has not worked for the organisation since 2010.

“The allegations made were acted upon immediately and a full investigation was carried out in line with trust policy.”

The disgraced nurse was cleared of another charge of failing give a relaxation CD to a patient with anxiety management issues in January 2009.

Source: Ian Mitchelmore, “Preston nurse struck off for putting patient in danger,” Click Liverpool, April 24, 2013.

April 17, 2013

Illinois psychologist Sharon Rinaldi indicted for health care fraud

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On October 4, 2012, federal prosecutors announced the indictment of Illinois psychologist Sharon A. Rinaldi on charges of health care fraud. The Department of Justice announced that Rinaldi collected Medicare payment for nursing home patients who were already dead, for appointments she reported though she was out of state and for inflated hours (including more than 24 hours in a single day).

School psychologist arrested for possession of illegal drug

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On December 9, 2012, South Carolina psychologist Richard E. Montgomery was arrested for “possession of less than one gram of ice, crank or crack cocaine.” Montgomery, a psychologist for Horry County Schools, was riding a bicycle in the dark when he was pulled over by police for having no headlight or taillight. Police noted Montgomery dropping or throwing items which were later identified as a crack pipe and a substance which tested positive for cocaine. He was placed on administrative leave from the school system.

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