Drug Pushing Physician in Ohio Will Continue Life in Prison

“Drug addicts are not necessarily vulnerable victims. But many of Volkman’s patients had serious psychiatric problems, and prior suicide attempts, qualifying them for vulnerable-victim status.” (Judge Berniece Donald)

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What planet does YOUR doctor come from?

What planet does YOUR doctor come from?

It took a little less than two years for Doctor Paul Volkman to kill 12 of his patients. We’re pleased to do the simple math for you: this madcap medicine man managed to end somebody’s life at least once every 60 days. He committed this torrid spree of homicide at a “no insurance, just cash” drug dealing business so inappropriately called the Tri-State Health Clinic, located in the small town of Portsmouth, Ohio. That was where he would routinely prescribe cartel volumes of narcotics to as many as 110 patients a week.

Volkman had applied for the position of clinic MD at Tri-State because he had a habit of stepping into deep legal doo-doo and no longer qualified for malpractice insurance. Not long after he arrived, the local drug stores started refusing to honor his prescriptions because it was clear to pharmacists he was improperly dosing patients. No problem for drug-dealer Volkman – as a trained pharmacist as well as a physician, he simply opened a drug store inside the clinic and presto! It was like Bowling for Dollars.

Dr Paul H Volkman

Dr Paul H Volkman

After federal DEA agents raided the clinic, the county grand jury indicted the doctor along with several others involved on a litany of felonies, including illegal drug distribution causing death. As an example, detectives found that Volkman had issued a 600+ pill prescription to one drug-addicted patient for Soma, Lortab, Xanax and oxycodone. Four of the patients whose deaths were tied to Volkman died within two days of leaving the clinic with a new prescription.

An Ohio jury convicted Volkman on four similar charges, and he was sentenced to four consecutive life terms. A three-judge panel in Cincinnati, which upheld the doctor’s sentence, released this statement:

“There is sufficient evidence to show that this man was hardly the blissfully-ignorant doctor he now makes himself out to be. A rational trier of fact can easily conclude that the entire enterprise of dispensing pills straight from the clinic was Volkman’s brainchild. That same trier of fact can determine it was highly unlikely that Volkman – a man who prided himself on knowing the inner workings of his clinic – was unaware of the clinic’s drug profits.”

The 6th Circuit panel agreed to review Volkman’s case, but reaffirmed his conviction last week, ruling that a reasonable jury could have found that Volkman’s prescriptions of oxycodone to patients had no legitimate medical purpose, and were the cause of each of their deaths.

Here’s another look at this case:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/chicago-doctor-paul-volkman-gets-life-sentence-in-deadly-pill-mill-case/

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MD Convicted of Fraud, Corruption Gets Grade School Sentence: ‘You’re Grounded.’

Dr Paul Kelty

Dr Paul Kelty

In Harrison County Indiana a physician believed responsible for patient sexual abuse, prescription drug pushing, insurance fraud and corruption has changed his ‘not guilty’ plea to ‘guilty’ on two of the charges.

Doctor Paul Kelty, an ob/gyn specialist, was initially arrested on more than 20 felony charges after his clinic was raided in February 2013. Authorities collected boxes of evidence after pharmacies contacted the Indiana State Medical Licensing Board, reporting an unusual number of narcotic prescriptions issued by the doctor.

To underscore the point, prosecutor J. Otto Schalk revealed this: “Virtually all of his patients were being prescribed Hydrocodone. Some patients were receiving a cocktail of Hydrocodone and Xanax and that combination is eight times more likely to result in an overdose.”

Kelty's clinic, Corydon Indiana

Kelty’s clinic, Corydon Indiana

Kelty pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of corrupt business influence. In exchange, the now formerly licensed MD was sentenced to four years of home confinement.

Kelty also faces a civil lawsuit from one woman who claims a sexual assault by the doctor.

The doctor’s medical license has been revoked and he was ordered to forfeit more than $700,000 seized by investigators.

 “I think the message is clear. Follow the Indiana code, or you’ll be dealing with a prosecutor,” Schalk said.

Here’s another look:

http://www.wdrb.com/story/21297364/alleged-medicaid-fraud-theft-sexual-abuse-at-corydon-doctors-office

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Our Observations:

 “I think the message is clear. Follow the Indiana code, or you’ll be dealing with a prosecutor.”

We think this message is clearer: Follow the Indiana code, or we’ll spank you and send you to your room.”

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Imprisoned ‘Doctor-Murderer’ Continues to Accumulate Lawsuits

Dr William Martin Valuck

Dr William Martin Valuck

In Oklahoma City yet another civil lawsuit has been filed against Doctor William Martin Valuck, who is one year into his eight-year prison sentence. The 74-year-old osteopathic specialist is now being sued by the families of six patients who died of drug overdoses linked to narcotic prescriptions.

The most recent suit was filed in May against Valuck in Oklahoma County District Court by the mother of victim Carrie Marie Simmons, Helen Broadbooks.

Broadbooks told reporters that her daughter, who was 27 at the time of her death, had been complaining of a toothache on May 13, 2013, the day she died. She blames Valuck for her daughter’s death.

“He gave her prescriptions for one bottle of pain pills, then another and then another,” Broadbooks said. “The coroner report says she died of ‘mixed drug toxicity.’”

“These doctors get people hooked on narcotics and then they’ve got somebody that comes back over and over to pay them money.”

A steady stream of civil suits started not long after Valuck’s well-publicized arrest in December, 2013. The clinics where he worked – two which were Vista Medical Center and Advanced Care Clinic – are also named in the suits. Vista Medical Center, where numerous victims received their drug prescriptions before they died, is being sued by five of the families.

Physician Assistant Michael Hume. who worked with Valuck for nearly three years, also faces five lawsuits as a result of the fatal overdoses. Hume had his medical license revoked by the state of Oklahoma just before his boss was charged with eight counts of murder. Hume was not arrested and has not been charged with any crime.

Nearly all of the suits – which are pending in Oklahoma County District Court – cite Wrongful Death and Medical Negligence. In each suit, Valuck is accused of  writing preposterously high numbers of prescribed doses for addictive drugs.

It was almost exactly one year ago, in August 2014, that Valuck changed his “not guilty” plea to “guilty,” of eight second-degree murder charges. Shockingly, he was sentenced to one year in prison for each of the eight homicides. He is serving his term at the Oklahoma State Reformatory.

Here’s more:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/13/william-valuck_n_5676242.html

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Imprisoned Kansas MD and Wife to be Resentenced in August

“Stephen Schneider and Linda Schneider defrauded health care benefit programs by submitting claims, receiving payment for medical services not provided and causing health care benefit programs to pay for illegal prescriptions.” (Judy Williams, Drug Enforcement Administration)

The Schneiders' drug store is now closed

The Schneiders’ drug store is now closed

In the city of Wichita this week, a U.S. District Judge has ordered the return to court of a doctor and his wife, who were found guilty of operating a clinic linked to more than 60 patient deaths due to prescription overdoses.

The case of Doctor Stephen Schneider and his wife Linda, who jointly owned the Schneider Medical Clinic in Haysville, made national news during the summer of 2010, almost exactly five years ago, when they were convicted of illegally prescribing narcotics to thousand of patients, many of whom died.

Prosecutors were able to prove that the couple ran what is known as a “pill mill,” carelessly handing out thousands of addictive painkiller prescriptions to both legitimate patients and drug abusers, who often joked in the waiting room about how easy it was to fake the doctor with their “pain symptoms.”

The jury agreed with the prosecution that Schneider was essentially a drug dealer who handed out narcotic prescriptions so quickly he was called the Candy Man by many people in town. He did not carefully monitor the patients; kept sloppy and incomplete medical records and prescribed excessive dosages even to legitimate patients in pain.

Prosecutors said the Schneiders did not even bother to be more careful even after they were advised by hospitals and law enforcement, that their patients were showing up at emergency rooms and at the county morgue, following overdoses. During the trial, Schneider admitted that he “really had no idea” how many of his patients were dead. He told the court that he was simply guilty of wanting to help people in chronic pain and admitted that he probably had been fooled by some of the drug addicts.

In addition to Conspiracy, the Schneiders were convicted of five counts of Illegal Prescriptions and 11 counts of Healthcare Fraud. Linda Schneider, who ran the business side of the clinic, was found guilty of 15 money-laundering felonies.

During the two-month trial, prosecutors revealed that the Schneiders had defrauded insurance carriers as well as patients,

Schneider, now 61, was given a 30-year federal prison term; his wife Linda, age 57, a 33-year sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Treadway and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger prosecuted the case. The following agencies investigated:

— U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services
— Kansas Bureau of Investigation
— Drug Enforcement Administration
— Kansas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division
 — Federal Bureau of Investigation
 — U.S. Postal Inspection Service
 — Social Security Administration

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Here’s another view of this case:

https://www.fbi.gov/kansascity/press-releases/2010/kc062410a.htm

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“Intriguing statements, PatricParamedic –

Do you suggest that most doctors today don’t have as their goal to save lives? What do you believe is their primary motivation in being a doctor?

Your book may be on my list to read. It’s like nothing I’ve read before.”

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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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DEA: ‘Elderly New York Doctor/Wife Team Were Major Drug Dealers’

“This doctor abused his position as a medical professional, profiting from the sale of prescriptions while fueling the supply of a highly addictive painkiller that has led to numerous overdose deaths.” (New York Police Commisioner Bill Bratton)

Dr Rogelio Lucas and wife Lydia, arrested. (photo by John Mantel)

Dr Rogelio Lucas and wife Lydia, arrested in New York City. (photo by John Mantel)

In the wealthy village of Scarsdale a man and his wife have been busted by the New York City Drug Enforcement Agency. Investigators believe the pair have operated a prescription drug-running business that poured out at least $75,000,000 in narcotics, to be sold on the city streets, for more than 5 years.

Doctor Rogelio Lucas, age 77 and his wife Lydia, age 79, were taken into custody at their New York City apartment and charged with three-dozen counts of Illegal Prescription Drug Sales and Conspiracy. Their arrests followed a long-running investigation by the NYPD; the Prosecutor’s Narcotics Investigation Unit and the DEA.

When federal and state agents raided the clinic and home, they discovered more than $600,000.

After scamming U.S. healthcare, they were headed back to their home country for a comfortable retirement

After scamming U.S. healthcare, they were headed back to their home country for a comfortable retirement

Detectives found that Lucas wrote about 25,000 narcotic prescriptions for pills that – when sold by his four dozen street dealers – would have a street value of at least $75,000,000.

In a statement, Police Commissioner William Bratton credited the numerous law enforcement agencies that worked together to take down the Lucas’ pill mill.

Here’s more:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/upper-west-side-doc-wife-sold-77m-oxycodone-prosecutor-article-1.2252171

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Our Observations:

Rogelio Lucas attended the University of The East / Ramon Magsaysay medical school, in Quezon City, the Philippines. He then emigrated to the U.S. and learned – as so many other foreign-born physicians do – that the American healthcare system is ripe for the picking, with no true doctor oversight. Rogelio Lucas is by definition the perfect example of a Third World Assassin. 

When it comes to criminal immigrant doctors, the U.S. government gets exactly what it deserves.

Pity the poor patients on the receiving end of the crimes.

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‘Murderer Doctor’ Now Faces String of Lawsuits

In Oklahoma City yet another civil lawsuit has been filed against Doctor William Martin Valuck, who is one year into his eight-year prison sentence. The 74-year-old osteopathic specialist is now being sued by the families of six patients who died of drug overdoses linked to narcotic prescriptions.

The most recent suit was filed in May against Valuck in Oklahoma County District Court by the mother of victim Carrie Marie Simmons, Helen Broadbooks.

Broadbooks told reporters that her daughter, who was 27 at the time of her death, had been complaining of a toothache on May 13, 2013, the day she died. She blames Valuck for her daughter’s death.

“He gave her prescriptions for one bottle of pain pills, then another and then another,” Broadbooks said. “The coroner report says she died of ‘mixed drug toxicity.’”

“These doctors get people hooked on narcotics and then they’ve got somebody that comes back over and over to pay them money.”

A steady stream of civil suits started not long after Valuck’s well-publicized arrest in December, 2013. The clinics where he worked – two which were Vista Medical Center and Advanced Care Clinic – are also named in the suits.

Vista Medical Center, where numerous victims received their drug prescriptions before they died, is being sued by five of the families.

Physician Assistant Michael Hume. who worked with Valuck for nearly three years, also faces five lawsuits as a result of the fatal overdoses. Hume had his medical license revoked by the state of Oklahoma just before his boss was charged with eight counts of murder. Hume was not arrested and has not been charged with any crime.

Nearly all of the suits – which are pending in Oklahoma County District Court – cite Wrongful Death and Medical Negligence. In each of the suits, Valuck is accused of writing preposterously high number of prescription doses for addictive drugs.

It was almost exactly one year ago, in August 2014, that Valuck changed his “not guilty” plea to “guilty,” of eight second-degree murder charges. Shockingly, he was sentenced to one year in prison for each of the eight homicides. He is serving his term at the Oklahoma State Reformatory.

Here’s more:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/13/william-valuck_n_5676242.html

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