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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8 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 That link to Monterey Herald is out of date= 2009.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.

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