Did the Doctor Kill the Doctor?

Dr Robert Ferrante

Dr Robert Ferrante

A University of Pittsburgh doctor who police believe poisoned his doctor wife has agreed to waive his right to a preliminary hearing.

According to his attorney, the decision means Doctor Robert Ferrante, age 64, formally admits to the court that the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office most likely has enough evidence of Murder, for him to be bound over for trial, in the April 2013 death of his wife, Doctor Autumn Klein, age 41.

Dr Autumn M Klein

Dr Autumn M Klein

Investigators believe the researcher spiked his wife’s energy drink with the fast-acting poison, cyanide. Pittsburgh Police Department arrested Ferrante last July after they discovered he had purchased a large volume of cyanide using a University of Pittsburg credit card, two days before Doctor Klein fell gravely ill. They soon learned that no poisons are used Ferrante’s research area of focus, which is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS.

Common Pleas Judge David Cashman has ordered that Ferrante’s daughter Cianna remain in the custody of his wife’s parents in Maryland. The prosecution believes the young girl is a witness and asked Cashman to prevent Ferrante from contacting her. What evidence the girl might testify to is not known.

Here’s more:

http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/sally-kalson/2013/08/04/The-world-will-miss-Autumn-Klein/stories/201308040198

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Long Island Kid Doctor Confesses to Sexually Assaulting Kids

Dr Rakesh Punn

Dr Rakesh Punn

In the city of Bethpage yet another physician has been found guilty of sexual exploitation of a child who was also a patient.

In a statement read in U.S. District Court, the doctor, who is a pediatrician, admitted that, “. . . I knowingly and intentionally used a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct. The victim was 11 years old when I took the photograph that . . . depicts . . . [her] engaged in sexually explicit conduct.”


Investigators learned that the MD actually submitted fake insurance claims for the “treatments” of his young patients’ sexual encounters.


Doctor Rakesh Punn had been held in Nassau County jail since July 2010 on charges that he drugged and sexually abused female children and videotaped his actions.

At times, he committed the acts while the childrens’ parents were in the waiting room, officials have said. The “procedures had not been conducted for any medically accepted purpose, but rather solely for the sexual gratification of the defendant,” Prosecutor Allen Bode said in the indictment.

Investigators stated Punn’s despicable behavior was revealed when his own children reported him to police after they discovered explicit photos of a young girl on his home computer. The son and daughter were young adults at the time.

According to prosecutor Amy Larson, Punn, age 57, can expect a minimum of 15 – and a maximum of 30 – years in federal prison.

Here’s another view of this awful case:

http://www.examiner.com/article/long-island-pediatrician-admits-to-sexually-exploiting-children

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Our Observations:

Doctor Rakesh K. Punn graduated from Dayanand Medical College, Punjab University, in 1983

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West Virginia MD’s Scams Come to an Abrupt Halt

Dr Allen Saoud

Dr Allen Saoud: Why is this man smiling?

Harrison County physician Doctor Allen G. Saoud will spend the next 8 years in federal prison as the result of the widespread crimes he was responsible for.

Saoud, age 60 of Clarksburg, was convicted in June of last year of Healthcare Fraud; Identity Theft; Obstructing an IRS investigation; Bankruptcy Fraud; and making false statements to investigators – 22 felony counts in all.

U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley ordered Saoud to pay $2,500,000 in fines. He will also forfeit more than $1,000,000.

The prosecution was able to prove that Saoud had schemed to get around his exclusion from the Medicare insurance program. It also found that he lied to federal agents about his practice and lied again under oath.

Saoud began serving his prison term in May.

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Our Observations:

Before his life of crime Saoud MD graduated from Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1983.

He will not be attending his alumni party in August.

Pity.

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Mailman Survives Pitbull Attack; Gets Clobbered by Pissy MD

Which one drew blood?

Pitbull

 Dr Tanyech Walford 

An East coast physician has managed to step into a wicked pile of dog doo after apparently attacking her mailman. According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in the city of Greenbelt Maryland, the wayward doctor assaulted a mail carrier after he pepper-sprayed her pit bull when the dog came after him as he was delivering her mail.

Doctor Tanyech Walford, age 43, was arrested last year on the charge of Felony Assault, after an affidavit was filed by Postal Inspector Michel Belz, which identified the mailman by the initials “D.R.” The complaint states the letter carrier was delivering mail to Walford’s home when he was “approached aggressively by a loose pit bull canine.”

After failing to ward the dog off by using his satchel, the mailman “deployed his Postal Service-issued pepper spray,” according to the complaint. The dog retreated and the mailman continued on his route.

At some point, “D.R.” was confronted by Walford, who drove up to him in her SUV. According to the complaint, Walford then “attacked him and began punching him in the face and head.” The assault was broken up by a neighbor.

A court date is pending.

Here’s more:

http://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/124595/Dr-Tanyech+Patricia-Walford-Alexandria-VA.html

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Another Pakistani MD Nailed in Massive Hospital Billing Scam

Patients died  while U.S. Government and Texas state health agencies pretended all  was well

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Dr Tariq Mahmood

Dr Tariq Mahmood

 

When he walked through the doors of Terrell’s only hospital some saw him as a savior, rescuing the facility from certain bankruptcy and closure. It was the summer of 2008, and Doctor Tariq Mahmood, who had a knack for buying troubled health care centers, went quickly to work to turn the financial problems around.

But as far as the employees were concerned, the honeymoon was short-lived. As Mahmood took over Renaissance Hospital, staff members grew increasingly alarmed by his behavior. Patient Quality Director Edwina Henry felt she had no choice but to contact state  authorities to advise them of crimes she was witnessing. But as generally happens in American healthcare, her legitimate complaints fell on deaf ears.

An appalling 4 years passed before authorities finally acted, and by that time Mahmood had submitted more than $1,000,000 in fake billings to Medicare and Medicaid. Worse, the standard of patient care at his 6 small-town hospitals was killing people.

In Mahmood’s early weeks at Renaissance, patient quality director Henry testified that she witnessed numerous threats to patient safety, specifically, doctors treating patients who had undergone no proper background check; an emergency room MD falling asleep and not waking up when needed; unsupervised staff members routinely accessing the unattended pharmacy.

Henry also witnessed Mahmood making fraudulent entries into other physicians’ charts, faking patient treatment notes to boost insurance billing.

“He was adding conditions to the patients’ charts – things that were supposedly wrong with them,” Henry said. “He wrote whatever he wanted and none of it was true.”

Henry secretly alerted authorities to the fraud. She received no effective response.

From 2008-2012, Mahmood’s group of small-town hospitals were repeatedly cited for endangering patients. But reports of patient neglect; questionable management practices and rundown conditions continued.

Word of this medical disgrace reached numerous agencies, including criminal investigative units and the IRS. But agencies were slow to take action and – as often occurs – refused to share information with each other. It wasn’t until 2013 that the law focused on Mahmood.

In February, Renaissance was closed. By then, neglectful patient care had resulted in at least three deaths.

Two months later Mahmood was arrested and charged with defrauding Medicare and Medicaid.

In court the prosecution was able to prove that Mahmood directed his staff members at Central Texas Hospital in Cameron to make changes on patient charting information, in order to increase insurance claims from his other hospitals. “In many cases,” the prosecutor stated, these bills were “for patients he had never seen.”

In another incident, the state terminated funding to Mahmood’s Shelby Regional Medical Center in East Texas, after investigators learned that an ambulance patient died after being rushed to the ER, but the doctor on duty refused to leave his sleeping room to treat the emergency, and the patient died.

Doctor Tariq Mahmood, age 62, was finally convicted by a federal jury of more than a $1,000,000 Medicare and Medicaid theft. He was found guilty of 15 charges of Healthcare Fraud, Identity Theft and Conspiracy. In a sane world he would have been found guilty of Homicide as well.

Mahmood, who lived in Cedar Hill, faces decades of prison time, including 10 years for each fraud count as well as another 10 for the conspiracy conviction.

At the time of his arrest he operated Renaissance Hospital in Terrell, now closed; Cozby Germany Hospital in Grand Saline; Central Texas Hospital in Cameron; Community General Hospital in Dilley; Lake Whitney Medical Center in Whitney and Shelby Regional Medical Center in Center.

Here’s more on the lab coat lunatic:

http://www.dallasnews.com/investigations/patient-safety/headlines/20130713-system-took-years-to-crack-down-on-doctor-his-hospitals-in-terrell-other-towns.ece

 

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Our Observations:

Tariq Mahmood was born and raised in Pakistan. He immigrated to the U.S. and until his arrest, he lived behind wrought iron gates in a 10,000 square-foot mansion in Cedar Hill.

America. What a country.

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Two More Doctor Drug Dealers Sit Behind Bars. What the Hell Else is New?

Dr Leonard Stampler

Dr Leonard Stambler

Dr Stan Li

Dr Stan Li

In the state of New York two more wayward physicians have been found guilty of narcotic drug distribution. One particular clinical cretin was sentenced this week to 10 years in federal prison for illegally prescribing oxycodone.

Doctor Leonard Stambler, age 63 of Baldwin Harbor, faced U.S. District Judge Joseph Bianco long enough to get slapped with the maximum punishment under the existing sentencing guidelines.

Stambler MD was actually taken into custody in November 2011, as one of numerous criminals arrested during a Drug Enforcement Agency crackdown which included IRS agents and New York State Police.

The other medically degreed dim-wit is Doctor Stan Li, a 60-year-old charlatan from Queens who operated a drug-dealing front called Medical Pain Management in the city of Flushing. Li was found guilty of nearly 200 charges including manslaughter in the death of two overdosed “patients;” reckless endangerment of 6 other patients;  falsifying medical records and dozens of other narcotic-related crimes.

The DEA raids were the result of a law enforcement sweep to curb illegal onslaught of oxycodone sales. The bad-doctor dragnet escalated after a man named David Laffer killed four people in a Long Island pharmacy while stealing prescription drugs in June 2011. Laffer had been a regular customer of these two maniacs.

Here’s another view of these cases:

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/07/22/new-york-doctor-gets-10-years-for-illegally-distributing-painkillers/

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/11/21/sources-doctor-who-prescribed-medications-to-medford-pharmacy-shooter-david-laffer-arrested/

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Our Observations:

Drug dealer Li graduated from Guangzhou Medical University in China in 1985 and then emigrated to the U.S. Prior to his life of crime Li specialized in anesthesia. Like so many thousands of other foreign-born MDs, Li learned that plundering American healthcare loopholes was a quicker path to wealth than simply doing his job as a doctor.

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Which Do You Suppose is filthier – Public Toilets or Hospital Elevator Buttons?

Welcome to the hospital

Welcome to the hospital. Going up?

Hospital elevators are hotbeds for far more cooties than toilet seats, according to Canadian researchers at the University of Toronto. They found that bacteria typically thrive on elevator buttons, although few of them were considered clinically dangerous. Their study was published in Open Medicine.

Researchers report they swabbed 120 elevator buttons and 96 toilet surfaces at different times at three teaching hospitals in Toronto, Ontario. They swabbed buttons on the elevators, as well as bathroom doors, the privacy latches and the toilet flush handle.

They reported that 61% of the elevator buttons bore pathogens, and that neither the location of the buttons; the days of the week nor the position on the panels, seemed to matter.

The most common organism cultured was c-negative staphylococci. Enterococcus and Pseudomonas were found but were less common.

Toilet surfaces bore serious bacteria 43% of the time.

Incidentally, elevators are not the only bacteria breeding ground. The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology recommends appropriete dress codes in order to reduce the spread of infections like C. diff and MRSA. Physicians should avoid wearing long sleeves, wristwatches, neckties and jewelry, and wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes, they say. Physicians should wash their lab  coats far more often, too.

Here’s more:

http://consumer.healthday.com/infectious-disease-information-21/antibiotics-news-30/doctor-s-germ-laden-stethoscope-may-spread-nasty-bacteria-685307.html

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