California State Prison Psychiatrist to Join the Inmates

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Former Salinas Valley State Prison psychiatrist faces a 3-year prison term for falsifying time cards.

Last March in Monterey County Superior Court a prison physician was convicted on Grand Theft charges – specifically, he was stealing money from the state prisoner insurance fund.

Doctor Pedro Eva, age 49, was in fact merely 1 of four criminal doctors who thought gaining a measure of wealth by robbing the state was a good idea. According to Prosecutor Doug Matheson, detectives secretly tracked the doctors’ hours by using GPS, cellphone records and rental car receipts. They quickly learned that some of the medical miscreants had over-billed the state by $200,000 in a 3-month period by claiming they were on prison grounds working when they were not.

Two of the lab coat loonies – Doctors Randy Sid and David Hoban – had already been found guilty.

According to investigators, Eva and the other low-life docs were falsifying bills for medical services rendered at Salinas Valley State Prison, which is located in Soledad, even when they were not there. It is believed they would routinely arrive a 7a.m. and leave after several hours – then bill the system for 10-hour days and $150-250 an hour.

Here’s a bit more:

http://www.montereyherald.com/ci_11918720

 

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15 thoughts on “California State Prison Psychiatrist to Join the Inmates

  1. That link to Monterey Herald is out of date= 2009.
    From The Buzz, 07.17.14:
    GOOD WEEK / BAD WEEK
    GOOD: Pedro Eva, M.D., a former Salinas Valley State Prison psychiatrist convicted in February of grand theft and filing false claims for overbilling the state for his services, won a new trial July 10. Monterey Superior Court Judge Larry Hayes agreed with a motion filed by Eva’s new attorney, Gerry Schwartzbach, that the jury received improper instructions. Six members of that same jury sent Hayes a letter after the trial, saying they felt Eva was the “fall guy” in the overbilling conspiracy that started with Eva’s superior, prison chief of medical services Dr. Charles Lee, and included other prison doctors, too. “It seemed evident that Dr. Eva was a very good psychiatrist whose life has now been ruined,” the letter states. “This does not feel like justice.” The case has been going on since 2008; Eva faced three years in prison following his conviction.

    Mark Herbst MD & David Hoban MD are the only docs with license discipline or convictions that stuck.

  2. P Vigilante:
    Very good to know and thank you for the information. We plan to update this article soon.

  3. Concerned Citizen says:

    PatricParamedic: You have been notified of the wrong information almost a year ago, When is the right time to rewrite the article? Do you realize how wrong this is ?

    • The story you are referencing was written in August, 2014 and was based on our research of five different news articles about the case.

      Please advise us exactly what was untrue on the day the story was written and we will correct the error. If you can direct us to a more recent report that updates the case detail, we will be happy to include it.

      • Concerned Citizen says:

        You have been directed to a more recent report almost a year ago, See what permanantevigilante posted on Aug. 21 / 2014 and your response to him.

        Like every profession there are good and bad doctors. One day you are going to need a doctor to save your life. Are you going to be just as angry and hateful towards your doctor? I know doctors who put the interest of their patients above their own and work for free to get others to feel better. There are some really good doctors including Psychiatrists. You really need to search deep in your soul and find out what prompts you to publish negative information that you already know is incorrect. You need to find out why it makes you feel good to publish wrong information. This could be the beginning of a healing process for you. You may start to feel better…

      • “Early last year Doctor Pedro Eva was convicted of Grand Theft and Filing False Claims for overbilling the state of California for his services. He was convicted in February. He appealed his conviction and won a new trial on the grounds that the jury which convicted him did not receive proper deliberating instructions from the judge. His new Trial has not yet commenced.”
        (a spokeswoman for Green & Associates)

        That was this morning. If you have anything more accurate to offer, by all means let us know.

        You said this:
        “Like every profession there are good and bad doctors.”

        Yes indeed. Unfortunately the Nat’l Practitioner Data Bank holds “Dangerous or Questionable” files on 250,000 of them. Name ONE other profession that generates as much crime.

        “One day you are going to need a doctor to save your life. Are you going to be just as angry and hateful towards your doctor?”

        I happen to love my doctor. Of course, I already know he doesn’t kill nor steal. In fact, he is so embarrassed by his criminal peers that he contributed to both my books, including “America’s Dumbest Doctors.” Curious, wouldn’t you say?

        “I know doctors who put the interest of their patients above their own and work for free to get others to feel better.”

        So do I. But your argument is non-sequitur. One point has nothing to do with the other.

        “There are some really good doctors including Psychiatrists.”

        Of course there are. Sadly, even they refuse to report their criminal peers.

        “You really need to search deep in your soul and find out what prompts you to publish negative information.”

        Oh, after witnessing physicians getting away with murder, Paramedics don’t have to search too deep. Do yourself a big educational favor: Type “Doctor Convicted” into your favorite search box and ogle all the lab coat lunacy around you.

        “You need to find out why it makes you feel good to publish wrong information.”

        We never “feel good” about publishing mistakes, and over the last 12 years we have made very, very few. Send us something more accurate than what the lawyers report to us, and we will certainly update the case.

        “This could be the beginning of a healing process for you. You may start to feel better.”

        Unfortunately you are misguided. more than 44 doctors agree that our books and websites – exposing countless thousands of criminal physicians and the appalling damage they do to society – has merit.

        We are guessing that you are totally unaware that “healthcare” will kill 2,000,000 citizens by the year 2030. And you think those of us who deal with these deaths every week should be cheerleaders for the profession?

        What we write saves lives. Our articles and books cause patients to take off the blinders and “think” instead of mindlessly trusting anybody with a stethoscope.

        We sleep just fine.

  4. Concerned Citizen says:

    You really need to change your Aug 21/ 2014 post. You argue that it was accurate for that day but that is irrelevant. Again you were warned by peremanentevigilante almost a year ago, you learned that the same Jury worte a letter ” he was the fall guy…it seemed evident that Dr. Eva was a very good Psychiatrist…this does not feel like Justice…”

    I understand that you are promoting your website and book…

    I will pray that God bless you and bless your work if it is truly serving a good cause. I will not respond further to any of your comments. I wish you good luck.

    • “A year ago, you learned that the same Jury worte (wrote) a letter – ‘he was the fall guy . . . it seemed evident that Dr. Eva was a very good Psychiatrist . . . this does not feel like Justice.’”

      Yes indeed, a juror did write that. The same jury that found him guilty. If another jury finds him “not guilty” we will assuredly write that.

      And with 10 physicians convicted every court date of the year in this country (200 each month) no single one of them is needed at all to promote our work. There are more than enough lab coat lunatics to make our case. If Doctor Eva is a good man and a decent doctor, we sincerely hope he wins his case at his upcoming trial. And we will report it.

      • Ph.D. says:

        Hi Patric, the poster here is partially correct – the information that you have is misleading at best, and wrong at worst. The trial was still in progress when those articles were written, and the trial and verdict were overturned prior to sentencing due to errors. In fact, the jury never found him guilty of the crime in question because they were given instructions for a different crime. In effect, the jury was incorrectly asked to find him guilty if they thought that a reasonable person should have known better. In California that is not the the proper instruction for grand theft. The correct question to have answered was: Was there intent? The answer to that question was NO because the chief psychiatrist ordered his subordinate psychiatrists, including Dr. Eva, to leave the facility after their rounds and to be available as needed during the remainder of the day,and to bill as usual during the time frame. He did this for several reasons: (1) there was inadequate office space (only storage rooms with trash and cleaning supplies; and they were shared by guards which presents a challenge to the privacy required by HIPAA), (2) there were too few escorts, required for movement within the prison, (3) the prison was a dangerous place – a psychologist was dismembered and put in a dumpster a few years prior, and (4) the doctors could not work in the office space provided for the reasons stated above and because they had no phones (cell phones were not allowed) and no internet. In other words, Dr. Eva was following directions. It is noteworthy that the same practice was followed at several other prisons in California. The fact that some of the doctors improperly left the vicinity and were unavailable for call back after finishing their rounds did not justify sweeping up all of the doctors in the sting. In fact, the GPS data, unavailable at the time to examine by Dr. Eva’s attorneys (an apparent, unlawful litigation tactic by the prosecution), showed that Dr. Eva was always available as required during work hours; and he was covering all call backs, including those for patients of the doctors that improperly left the vicinity. In other words, he was the good guy and the fall guy. This is why he fought the case so intensely, and why he ended up in trial. Everyone else either took the misdemeanor offered to all of the doctors accused, or got off on a technicality. Your site has been severely and unjustly damaging to his career, and being the internet it is aired nationwide. It is noteworthy that a defamation suit is not yet time barred (two years) in some states where Dr. Eva is licensed and practices. If you are truly interested in justice, you should remove your posts related to Dr. Eva. Regardless of whether or not you may be able to legally post them, it is not the right thing to do. Feel free to contact me if you need further details to resolve this situation.

      • Ph.D. says:

        You are unaware of the irony here because you are unfamiliar with Dr. Eva’s case. Paramedics are paid while they are sequestered, waiting for a call. Dr. Eva was sequestered while offsite and maintained a seven minute response time according to court documents. Just like a paramedic, Dr. Eva was paid for the time that he was required to be offsite and to be available within minutes of the prison to respond to calls. He could neither work another job nor travel while sequestered – he needed to be paid. In addition, his contract, to which the state and locum agency agreed, had one rate. Imagine, as a paramedic, that your employer commissioned an investigative agency to track the time that you were not on the scene of an emergency, but rather waiting to respond, and then later charged you with a crime for billing for that time. Imagine also that during the investigation they continued to ask you to perform your job as usual (billing while sequestered). This is precisely the case of Dr. Eva. The state directed him to remain offsite after rounds were complete, to respond as needed, and to bill as usual until the end of his shift; they knew he was offsite; they asked him to work in that manner while simultaneously investigating him. Then the state charged him (and others) with a crime. Among other things, that is entrapment (specifically in Dr. Eva’s case). You have proliferated the words of others in this case, presumably without an in depth investigation of the underlying facts of the case. I don’t doubt that there are doctors who commit crimes. However, Dr. Eva is not one of them, despite the charges that were leveled against him. You have taken it upon yourself to compile, editorialize and report on these types of incidents. I offer you evidence that proves what I have stated. In my opinion, to remain credible, you should investigate the facts when you are on notice of an injustice. It is also noteworthy that your efforts would appear significantly more credible if you featured at least one a doctor that was falsely accused. This is the story for you because it has it all: a government agency (the OIG) that was to be axed by the Governor needed a prosecution to justify their existence; a locum agency headed by a psychiatrist grossing an estimated $6,000/hr; and a doctor falsely accused. Are you up to the challenge of setting the record straight?

      • Ph.D. said this:

        “Are you up to the challenge of setting the record straight?”

        Absolutely. We have already written what we were told about the case last year by the law firm. Please advise us what the status is regarding what was supposed to be his second trial. Is he still facing a trial or has it been dismissed?

        We have no desire at all to keep a story up on the site, if it is unfair.

      • Eric LaBolle says:

        Please provide me an email so that I can send you information, including attachments.

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      • Eric LaBolle says:

        Please let me know how I can send you attachments.

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  5. Ph.D. says:

    Hi Patric – that is great to hear. Please contact me by email with an email to which

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