Psych Crime Reporter

July 8, 2014

Psychiatrist Harold Smith gives up license following history of drug-related disciplinary actions

Filed under: controlled substances,prescription drugs,Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 3:21 pm

On June 18, 2014 the Florida Board of Medicine accepted Florida psychiatrist’s Harold Edward Smith’s voluntary relinquishment of his medical license.

Per the terms of the agreement, Smith may never again apply for a physician’s license in Florida. This follows his history of at least four medical license suspensions or revocations by three states and by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Aadministration and several narcotic drug use relapses of his own.

Most recently, an administrative complaint was filed against him by the Florida Department of Health alleging he drugged to death a hospitalized patient of his. The medical examiner’s autopsy report stated she died from drug intoxication involving the very same drugs Smith was prescribing to her. Despite obvious symptoms of prolonged drowsiness, Smith raised her dosage twice before a hospital worker found her dead on the floor.

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State of Florida FINALLY takes action on psychiatrist with history of ampthetamine abuse

On June 18, 2014 the Florida Board of Medicine accepted Florida psychiatrist’s David G. Malen’s voluntary relinquishment of his medical license.

Per the terms of the agreement Malen may never again apply for a physician’s license in Florida.

The Florida Department of Health initiated its case against Malen in 2007.

The administrative complaint which resulted in Malen giving up his license, contained information about Malen’s “history of taking ‘extraordinary’ doses of amphetamines with extreme difficulties resulting from the drugs, including depression, suicide attempts and psychosis,” as well as his continued use of and addiction to the substance.

The Department of Health’s document further contains information about Malen’s submission to the state’s Professionals Resource Network (“PRN,” a program for impaird physicians) in 2008. This resulted in Malen undergoing several psychiatric evaluations between 2008 and 2011, all of which found him impaired, yet it appears that the state continued to allow him to practice.

You read that correctly: Malen’s drug addiction was a well-documented concern since 2007, yet his license was free and clear from 2007 to June 2014.

Maryland Sukhveen K. Ajrawat indicted for federal health care fraud

Filed under: fraud,Medicaid-Medicare fraud,mental health — Psych Crime Reporter @ 3:13 pm

Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal grand jury has indicted two doctors, Paramjit Singh Ajrawat, age 60, and his wife, Sukhveen Kaur Ajrawat, age 56, both of Potomac, Maryland, on charges of health care fraud in connection with the pain clinic they owned and operated. The indictment was returned on June 24, 2014.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Robert Craig of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service – Mid-Atlantic Field Office; Special Agent in Charge Nicholas DiGiulio, Office of Investigations, Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services; Special Agent in Charge Drew Grimm, Office of Personnel Management, Office of Inspector General; Special Agent in Charge Stephen E. Vogt of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Special Agent in Charge Bill Jones, of the Washington Regional Office, U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations; and Special Agent in Charge Paul Bowman of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.

According to the indictment, P. Ajrawat was a licensed physician in Maryland who specialized in interventional pain management. S. Ajrawat was a licensed psychiatrist in Maryland. The Ajrawats owned and operated Washington Pain Management Center (WPMC) located in Greenbelt.

The 16-count indictment alleges that from at least August 2008 through May 2014, the Ajrawats engaged in a scheme to defraud federal health benefit programs including: Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. Specifically, the indictment alleges that the Ajrawats filed claims for procedures that were not performed (rather, less expensive procedures were performed and then the Ajrawats falsely billed for procedures that provided higher reimbursements), or were not performed in compliance with the requirements for reimbursement.

For example the indictment alleges that the Ajrwats submitted claims that P. Ajrawat had performed an epidural, when instead P. Ajrawat had performed less invasive injections using lidocaine, which was not indicated for epidural use. The Ajrawats allegedly falsely documented the use of an ultrasound machine to direct needle placement in certain patient files and caused the alteration or destruction of patient files to conceal the scheme.

The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of $2,329,109, believed to be the proceeds of the scheme.

The defendants face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each count of health care fraud. An initial appearance has not yet been scheduled.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised DCIS, HHS-Office of Inspector General, OPM-Office of Inspector General, FBI, U.S. Department of Labor-Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Postal Service-Office of Inspector General for their work in the investigation. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney Kelly O. Hayes, who is prosecuting the case.

Source: “Doctors Indicted For Health Care Fraud,” news release of the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland, June 26, 2014.

June 26, 2014

Counselor Danielle Hackett surrenders license

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 1:52 pm

On March 24, 2014, the Maine Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure formally reprimanded professional counselor Danielle Hackett and accepted the surrender of her license.

This action was based on findings that while providing counseling services to an inmate, Hackett engaged in a sexualized dual relationship with the inmate, including sharing personal information and engaging in sexualized, flirtatious telephone conversations with him.

June 23, 2014

Psychiatrist Licia B. Maiocchi reprimanded

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 8:40 pm

On May 1, 2014, the New South Wales (Australia) Medical Professional Standards Committee reprimanded psychiatrist Licia Beatriz Maiocchi for unsatisfactory professional conduct in relation to her refusal to attend a performance assessment when required to do so by the Medical Council in November 2011.

The Council had requested Maiocchi to attend the assessment after receiving a notification about her work performance from her employer during 2010.

In addition to the reprimand, the Committee imposed conditions on her registration.

June 16, 2014

NY psychiatrist Melvin Pisetzner loses license for sex with patient, etc. from ’70s on

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 1:54 pm

On April 21, 2014, the New York State Department of Health revoked the license of psychiatrist Melvin Pisetzner for, among other things, gross negligence, gross incompetence failure to maintain records, relative to his treatment of five patients, going back to the 1970s.

Pisetzner conceded to the Health Dept’s criticism that he failed to document medications, dosages and rationales for prescribing, re-prescribing for long periods without office visits and summarizing multiple visits rather that documenting each one.

The Dept’s committee also unanimously sustained allegations that Pisetzner engaged in a sexual relationship with a patient and made unexplained and inappropriate payments to the patient, for whom he was unable product any records from the 1970s to 2000.

Psychiatrist Sheila Williamson suspended on suspicion of impairment

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 1:50 pm

On April 14, 2014, the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts issued an Order Emergently Suspending License on psychiatrist Sheila Williamson. Thought the Board’s document is significantly redacted, it makes reference to the section of states law which states that if “[t]he licensee has the inability to practice the healing arts with reasonable skill and safety to patients by reason of physical or mental illness, or condition or use of alcohol, drugs or controlled substances.” It further states that “There is cause to believe Licensee’s ability to practice medicine is impaired to a degree which would violate” the state law.

Psychiatrist Melvyn Levitch reprimanded over prescribing

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 1:49 pm

On September 21, 2013, the Tennessee Department of Health reprimanded psychiatrist Melvyn Levitch for unprofessional, dishonorable or unethical conduct and failure to follow board regulations which establish prerequisites for the issuance of prescriptions. The Board also assessed a $1,800 civil penalty, plus costs.

Psychiatrist Ronald G. Rubin suspended for over prescribing

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 1:47 pm

On February 19, 2014, the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board summarily suspended the license of psychiatrist Ronald G. Rubin. According to the Board’s document, the Board found probable cause to believe that Rubin “grossly overprescribed stimulants” to patients, creating unnecessary health risks.

Psychiatrist Patricia Shawberry slapped for dishonorable conduct

Filed under: Uncategorized — Psych Crime Reporter @ 1:44 pm

On April 17, 2014, the Tennessee Department of Health reprimanded psychiatrist Patricia Shawberry for, among other things, unprofessional, dishonorable or unethical conduct; gross health care liability or a pattern of continued or repeated health care liability, ignorance, negligence, or incompetence in the course of medical practice and dispensing, prescribing or otherwise distributing any controlled substance or any other drug not in the course of professional practice.

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