National Healthcare Reform? Now that’s a complex subject. But here’s an idea: Why don’t we just start by weeding out the lunatics?
You can Watch ABC’s 20/20 tonight, to see a case we referred to them in 2009.
“We are indebted to Mr. McDonald’s research in this extraordinary case of a physician who murdered his wife.”
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In the city of Georgetown a physician was found guilty this week of water-torturing the daughter of his girlfriend by holding her head under a faucet.
Doctor Melvin Morse, age 60 was charged with three felonies but convicted of one: waterboarding a 10-year old girl in a bathtub. He was also found guilty of five lesser but similar assaults.
Pauline Morse, mother of the girl, agreed to plead guilty last year to child endangerment and testified against the doctor. She described Morse as “brutal and domineering” abusing the girl for years while her mother acquiesced in silence. Pauline Morse, 41, said she chose to ignore the abuse and was afraid of “undermining” Melvin Morse.
Morse, who is appallingly a pediatrician, could receive a 10-year prison term when sentenced in April.
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In Newark New Jersey a physician was found guilty this week for her role in a health care referral scam.
Doctor Marjam Jafari, age 43, was convicted on three conspiracy charges as well as two counts of taking kickback cash payments from an imaging center.
The scam involved a facility known as the Orange Community MRI, which investigators learned had been paying doctors large, unrecorded amounts of cash in envelopes by courier, in return for patient referrals, for at least two years.
During a federal jury trial that lasted three weeks, Doctor Jafari, an internal medicine specialist, was told she could receive a sentence of 25 years in prison.
Jafari, a resident of Hoboken, is only the most recent doctor to be convicted in connection with the kickback scheme, which involved at least 15 other practitioners in the area. The federal case was well-publicized in the weeks before Christmas, 2011, when more than five dozen agents raided several medical facilities, including Orange Community MRI.
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In Wilmington Delaware a physician found guilty two years ago of raping dozens of children has filed an appeal for a new trial.
Doctor Earl Bradley claims that he was denied the right to hire his own attorney after law enforcement put a hold on his bank accounts. He was instead assigned a public defender.
Bradley, age 60, was sentenced to 14 life sentences for raping and sexually abusing hundreds of – and possibly as many as 7,000 – child patients, after his conviction in 2011.
The Delaware Supreme Court has already rejected an appeal that detectives illegally seized videotapes of Bradley assaulting patients, whose average age was three.
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Isn’t it interesting that lab coat lunatic Bradley is not arguing in his appeal, that the doctor on the video raping infants was not him.
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In the city of Newark a family medicine practitioner has been convicted in a widespread medical laboratory patient referral scam.
According to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, Doctor Joel Fischgrund, age 60, changed his ’not guilty’ plea to ‘guilty’ last Monday, in a case of accepting bribe money from a company which called itself Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services. Fischgrund admitted in federal court that he was paid $1,500 a month for an illegal agreement with the Parsippany medical lab for referring patients’ blood specimens.
Court records show that 10 other doctors have already been convicted in the same medical fraud scheme involving Biodiagnostic Laboratory. The conspiracy involved an estimated $100,000,000 in payments to the lab from insurance payers, and several million dollars in bribery cash to the criminal doctors.
U.S. agents report they have recovered at least $7,000,000 million so far, according to attorney Paul Fishman.
Fischgrund MD could be sentenced to five years in federal prison when he faces Judge Stanley Chesler in U.S. District Court in Newark, on April 1.
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For the past 25 years, the tiny state of New Jersey has consistently ranked in the top 5 in generating doctors committing felony-level crimes. We find this very interesting.
Of course, few of these run-of-the-mill lab coat lunatics can match the mental midgetry of doctor Amed Rashed, who amputated a dead man’s hand; took it to a topless bar to impress an exotic dancer he wanted to bed.*
What New Jersey lacks in size has never stopped that state from generating off-the-chart medical chutzpah with its never-ending litany of physician nut-cases.
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