Meanwhile, a Deadly Doctor Pratfall Five Years Ago This Summer . . .

Dr Frank Ryan on a happier day

Dr Frank Ryan on a happier day

It was mid-August, 2010 when Doctor Frank Ryan, the well-known cosmetic surgeon in Hollywood, decided he was smart enough to do a little texting while maneuvering his Jeep along a Malibu cliff. Unfortunately, he wasn’t. Los Angeles Police investigators later informed the Ryan family that at the time of his death, the famous physician was Tweeting out comments about his dog as he rounded some pretty treacherous curves.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

Ryan, age 50, was driving a Jeep Wrangler that day, which suddenly veered off Pacific Coast Highway on a Monday afternoon and flipped down an embankment covered with boulders toward the ocean. The Jeep landed on its roof, and Ryan was declared dead as the result of severe head trauma, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Rescuers were unable to remove the body from the destroyed vehicle

Rescuers were unable to remove the body from the destroyed vehicle (photo by TMZ)

Investigators determined his death was accidental.

In January of the same year, Ryan became the subject of much medical criticism when actress Heidi Montag stated in an interview that the doctor had performed 10 cosmetic surgeries on her in a single, one-day surgery. The operations included liposuction, nose work and breast implants and more.

When asked by reporters whether such extensive plastic surgery work in one session was safe, Ryan said, “My first concern is for the safety of the patient, so I would never push the envelope. Heidi’s a young, healthy girl; she was cleared medically. It was well within the realm of safety.”

He later called Montag’s decision a “calculated business move” by someone trying to make it in Hollywood.

Dr Frank Ryan and Heidi

Here’s another view:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/18/frank-ryan-heidi-montag-p_n_686040.html

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Doctor Posed as Dead Patient for Two Years to Get Drugs. Cool!

“Yes, I treated patients when I was ‘high’ on drugs.” (Kent Swaine, surgeon)

Dr Kent Swaine

Dr Kent Swaine

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A Las Vegas physician confessed in federal court last December that he was able to get prescription drugs by pretending to be one of his dead patients when he went to neighborhood pharmacies.

Doctor Kent Swaine, age 50, was therefore found guilty of the Felony of “obtaining controlled substances by fraud.” He was sentenced to 5 years probation and 150 hours of community service.

Swaine stepped into deep doo-doo when law enforcement learned he was writing prescriptions for himself under the name of Alexander Hyt, a patient who had conveniently died of cancer in August 2011. The daffy doc posed as the previous Mr. Hyt at drug stores, in order to keep the anti-depressants and painkillers coming, right up till his arrest in December, 2013.

Swaine operated a cosmetic and vascular surgery clinic located at 5380 South Rainbow Boulevard in Las Vegas, until his state medical license was finally suspended in January 2014. At the time, he tested positive for amphetamines, benzodiazepine and opiates.

Oh, that’s just terrific.

On the day of his sentencing in Nevada U.S. District Court, Judge Richard Boulware ordered Swaine to write a letter of apology to the Hyt family, and then said this:

“Your addiction placed other people at risk,”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Crane Pomerantz.

Here’s another look:

http://medboard.nv.gov/Discipline/Swaine_Kent.htm

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The Litany of Lab Coat Perverts Just Keeps Going and Going and . . .

“The doctor unknowingly began an internet chat with a detective pretending to be the mother of a very young child, in January, on a website called OlderforYounger. He  wrote that he looked forward to teaching her child how to have sex. He said he would wait until she was nine before having full sexual intercourse with her. But in the meantime he could do ‘other sex acts on her.'” (Court testimony)

Dr Donald W. Lamoureaux

Dr Donald W. Lamoureaux – Would you trust this man with your child?

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In the city of Fort Smith Arkansas a physician has confessed in federal court that he tried to lure a mother to a motel so that he could have sex with the woman’s four-year-old daughter.

And some people actually wonder why we wrote the book, “The Paramedic Heretic.”

The mother turned out to be an undercover law enforcement officer for the Fort Smith Police Department, who went along with the internet arrangement as part of a secret task force to apprehend child predators in the southwest Arkansas.

Doctor Donald W. Lamoureaux, age 69, stood before U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes yesterday and admitted  that he had tried to entice a mother to allow him to groom her imaginary pre-school child for a sexual relationship.

At the time of the hearing Judge Holmes advised Lamoureaux that he is now facing a 10-year prison term when he is sentenced this Fall. The wayward physician has been behind bars in Sebastian County jail since he was arrested on February 6.

Lamoureaux, a family medicine specialist, employed at the VA Medical Facility in West Plains Arkansas, was arrested in a motel, where he thought he would be meeting the woman and her daughter. According to investigators, the doctor planned to give the little girl a bath, and then they would play with the sex toys.

When detectives searched his car on the day of his arrest,  they discovered a Barbie doll, a dog collar and a prescription for Cialis.

(This case was investigated by Homeland Security, the Fort Smith Police Department, the West Plains Police Department and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force)

Here’s another look:

http://5newsonline.com/2015/02/09/federal-prosecutor-in-fort-smith-to-address-doctors-underage-sex-sting-arrest/

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Our Observations:

A dog collar?

This ugly case is the pluperfect example of state medical boards’ abject lack of concern for public safety when it comes to aberrant physicians.  Larmoureaux had already showed his penchant for child porn as far back as October 2007, when he was fired from White River Medical Center in Batesville. It was discovered then that he was accessing child porn sites over the hospital internet web browsers.

Did the hospital administration report the deviant doc’s behavior to the National Practitioner Data Bank, as required by law?

Nope.

Did the state medical board take any action at all over this?

Don’t be ridiculous.

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Bank-Robbing Doctor Headed to Federal Prison

Dr Damian Newhart Robbing Bank of the West, Huntington Beach California

Dr Damian Newhart Robbing Bank of the West, Huntington Beach California

Yet another disgraced doctor is now getting a legal kick in the pants over some pretty bizarre shenanigans – namely, robbing banks. Now, we could make this stuff up, but with all the garbage behavior by so-called healthcare providers among us – why would we have to?

Doctor Damian Loren Newhart, age 41, is an Orange County California dentist whose medical license to treat patients was revoked last July. He had been running the tired, drug-prescriptions-for-cash scam, you see. And when the Dental Board of California learned that he was routinely prescribing Valium, Vicodin, hydrocodone, Norco, diazepam and Viagra to people with no medical need – which he did for at least three years – they pulled his license. Newhart had been operating a Laguna Niguel orthodontic clinic up till then.

So what’s a befuddled doc to do? He had to earn a living. So why not a seven-bank crime spree that started in November 2014 and ending with his capture in January. According to the FBI, Newhart got away with just over $20,000 for his efforts.

In federal court, Newhart pleaded guilty to three bank robberies and confessed to four others, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Kendall: U.S. Bank; OneWest Bank; Bank of the West, followed by Citibank branches in Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach and Manhattan Beach.

Nicknamed the “Rolled Sleeves Bandit” by the FBI, Newhart will spend the next five years in a federal prison,

Here’s another view of this daffy doc’s case:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2015/02/damian_loren_newhart_gregory_lynn_cross.php

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Our Observations:

Quick quiz: Let’s play a game. Find us ONE other serial bank robber in U.S. history who got a 5-year prison sentence.

Go ahead. We’ll send you a crisp $5 bill for the elucidation.

Because, well, that’s the kind of mood we happen to be in tonight.

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Convicted Ohio Doctor-Rapist Loses Appeal: Stays Behind Bars

Dr Keith Goldblum escorted from the courtroom

Dr Keith Goldblum escorted from the courtroom

“A new friend of the Defendant’s daughter spending the night for the first time, tied the drawstring of her sweatpants extra tight so she would be sure to wake up if the Defendant tried to touch her, ‘because that’s what might happen when you spend the night at the doctor’s house.’” (Court testimony)

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In the city of Dayton an emergency physician already imprisoned for child rape has had his Appeal rejected by the Supreme Court of Ohio.

The basis of his Appeal is that the Defense contends that there was insufficient evidence to convict him on the Voyeurism charges, and that all of his convictions are against the manifest weight of the evidence.

Doctor Keith D. Goldblum, age 61, who was found guilty in the summer of 2013, is two years into his 21-year sentence. He was convicted of 10 counts of Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a minor including Rape, as well as multiple charges of Voyeurism.

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“This doctor often pulled back the covers of four young girls to look at their genitals and sometimes touch them during sleepovers. This happened over the course of years at two different houses.” (Montgomery County Assistant Prosecutor Lynda Dodd)

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According to the Montgomery County Prosecutor, Goldblum assaulted girlfriends of his daughter during sleepovers, over a 10-year period that began in 2002. Investigators believe that all of the crimes took place at Goldblum’s homes in Dayton and Washington Township. It was February 2011 when a parent notified law enforcement of disturbing statements her daughter was making. The girls, from different families, are now aged 18-20.

Goldblum’s arrest originated from a complaint of suspicion of voyeurism to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Other victims came forward during the investigation. Goldblum surrendered voluntarily to law enforcement on May 4, 2012 and his employment by Premier Health Partners was terminated. He had worked as an ER doctor at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Here’s another look:

http://www.norwalkreflector.com/article/2996921

(We thank reader S.A. Native for bringing this Appeal’s case to our attention)

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Virginia MD: Long History of Drug Pushing = Short Stay in Prison. What Else is New?

Dr Nibedita Mohanty

Dr Nibedita Mohanty

A Stafford County physician who confessed last February to being a prescription drug dealer, was sentenced to 4 years in state prison this week in Alexandria Federal Court.

Doctor Nibedita Mohanty, age 56, was found guilty on two counts of Illegal Drug Distribution and one count of Healthcare Fraud. A stunning number of other charges were dropped on condition of a pretrial plea agreement. The charges could have resulted in a 50-year term, but Federal Prosecutor Gene Rossi and defense attorney Peter Greenspun agreed to a three-to-seven year range.

Mohanty, who was the Stafford Hospital Chief of Medicine for the 5-year period prior to her arrest in March 2013, was the subject of an extended investigation by the Stafford Sheriff’s Department and federal investigators.

STAFFORD HOSPITAL

STAFFORD HOSPITAL

Detectives discovered that Mohanty was distributing a number of different prescription narcotics to numerous people with no medical need for the drugs. According to police records, Mohanty routinely supplied narcotics to anybody who asked for them. Witnesses testified they could get any prescription they wanted for $250 cash. She admitted that she often supplied drugs to people she knew were street dealers themselves. Her narcotics of choice were OxyContin, Percocet and Dilaudid.

Mohanty was also in the habit of routinely over-prescribing narcotics for patients who suffered chronic pain. Some patients received prescriptions for as many as 10,000+ pills over two-year periods.

One of the people, Veronica M. Wentzel of King George County, overdosed and died from the drugs she obtained from Mohanty.

The wayward doctor was originally indicted on 93 criminal charges, 90 of which were dropped after federal authorities took charge of the case.

Here’s another view:

https://www.fbi.gov/richmond/press-releases/2015/stafford-doctor-pleads-guilty-to-distribution-of-oxycodone-and-health-care-fraud

SANCTIONS:

Professional Misconduct  (9/25/2013)

  • Action Taken: Suspension
  • Summary: Please reference the following Document
  • Documentation: Download here (PDF)
  • State: Virginia
  • Other  (4/11/2013)
  • Action Taken: Summary Suspension
  • Summary: Please reference the following Document
  • Documentation: Download here (PDF)
  • State: Virginia

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Our Observations:

Nibedita Mohanty was born and raised in India. She emigrated to the U.S. and – as countless thousands of other foreign-born students – was gifted with an American medical education – in her case, the Virginia Commonwealth University School Of Medicine. She graduated in 1986 and within 20 years learned that U.S. healthcare provides terrific opportunities for cash scams and under-the-table physician crime.

As we say: nothing new.

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