Lady Doctor Drug-dealer Gets 3-Decades for Patient-Murders

Dr Lisa Tseng & Atty

Dr Lisa Tseng, and Attorney Tracy Green

Last Fall we briefly covered the case of Doctor Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng, a southern California physician. Last week an L.A. Superior Court judge sentenced the Rowland Heights MD to 30 years in state prison, for the murders of three of her patients who fatally overdosed. This ended a landmark case that some medical experts say could change how doctors nationwide handle prescriptions.

Well gee, ya think that might be a bright idea? Prescription drugs kill 18,000 Americans a year? Do you think doctors ought to maybe “rethink” their drug-pushing habits? What an outrageous thought. And maybe to leverage some critical thinking, How about a court-ordered mandate, forcing them to attend 300 funerals every week? You think that might get their attention?


Lock one drug-dealer up . . . another will take her place

This doctor Tseng’s prison sentencing came after a Los Angeles jury last year found her guilty of second-degree murder – the second time a physician has been convicted of murder in the U.S. for overprescribing drugs.

Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli, told the court that Tseng “tried to blame her patients, the pharmacists and even other doctors, rather than take responsibility for her own actions.”

The 8-week trial included 77 witnesses and more than 250 pieces of evidence.

Tseng, wearing a blue jail jumpsuit, apologized to the victims’ families and her own family.

Tseng, age 46, a general practitioner, is among a growing number of doctors being charged with murder for prescribing narcotics that kill patients.

Dr Pill Head

This is exactly how many doctors see patients


Some so-called experts say they fear that Tseng’s conviction will usher in a new reality: doctors becoming afraid of prosecution, and then hesitant to prescribe painkillers to patients who need them. They say the trial has already had a “deterrent effect” on other doctors and has captured the medical community’s attention.

What a bunch of lab coat whiners. Instead of complaining, what they ought to be doing is listening to their brighter colleagues, like Doctor Peter Staats, president of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He says this: “When you use the word ‘murder, of course it’s going to have a chilling effect. But any doctor who is prescribing pills knowing that they are being abused, shouldn’t be called a doctor. That’s not the practice of medicine,” Staats said.

Staats said he believes an aggressive medical board – and not prosecutors – should be going after reckless doctors.

Aggressive Medical Board? Sorry, Doc. That’s a contradiction in terms. There is simply no such animal. Not in this country.

Doctor Francis Riegler, a pain specialist who works in Palmdale California, says he followed Tseng’s trial too, and has talked with fellow doctors across the nation about the case.

“We all agree,” he said. “If you’re doing the right thing – if you simply do your job correctly, you don’t need to worry about being prosecuted for murder.”

Our point exactly.

During Tseng’s trial, for example, Deputy Dist. Atty. John Niedermann told jurors that there were “red flags” in her prescribing habits. More than a dozen times, the prosecutor said, a coroner or law enforcement officer called with the same dark news: “Your patient has died of a drug O.D.” Her prescribing habits, Niedermann said, remained absolutely unchanged. She went right on drugging the druggies. And why not? Their drug habits made them walking, talking ATM machines.

The prosecutor told jurors that Tseng would even falsify prescription names so people could get twice as many pills; her staff testified she openly referred to her patients as “druggies” and routinely faked medical records.

Her motivation, Niedermann said, was money. Between 2007-2010, when Tseng joined the Rowland Heights clinic where her husband worked, (and her husband has managed to step into legal doo-doo of his own) her office brought in $5 million.

Tseng was convicted of murder in the deaths of Vu Nguyen, 28, of Lake Forest; Steven Ogle, 25, of Palm Desert; and Joey Rovero, 21, an Arizona State University student. And the ugly fact is, although this lab coat loon was merely found guilty of 3 murders, investigators discovered that at least a dozen other patients died too.

Tseng was only charged with killing 3 people because other factors were involved in many of the deaths, such as drugs also being prescribed by other doctors, and one possible suicide. Prosecutors named three other Orange County men who also died under her care: Matthew Stavron, 24; Naythan Kenney, 34; and Ryan Latham, 21. And civil lawsuits have been filed by victims’ families against Tseng for the deaths of Ryan Winter, 20, of Aliso Viejo, and Riley Russo, 20, of Laguna Niguel. Tseng has already paid $275,000 to Rovero’s parents and $225,000 for yet another death, that of Nicholas Mata, 22, of Huntington Beach.

The jury also found Tseng guilty of more than a dozen other criminal charges.

This woman’s murder conviction is rare for a doctor. It shouldn’t be rare – in a saner society, it would be a weekly event. That is, until drug-dealing MDs start getting the hint and knock off the garbage-level street-dealing scat.

Prosecutors told the court the wayward physician prescribed hard-core narcotics to people with no medical need, and that she repeatedly ignored signs they were overdosing, even when warned numerous times, that her patients were showing up at emergency rooms all over town not breathing, from doses of drugs she herself was prescribing.

Tseng’s attorney, Tracy Green, argued to the court that the doctor had been “naive to prescribe so many medications.”

Right. 10 years of advanced education; a dozen years treating thousands of people, and her problem is being gullible? Here’s a news flash for Ms. Tracy Green, attorney at law. Talking like an idiot does nothing to elevate your reputation as a legal eagle. So stop it. Your client’s problem was greed. Look in the mirror and mouth the words. We promise. Honesty helps you sleep better.

Unfortunately this physician – as indeed so many thousands of other physicians – either forget or ignore the most basic tenet of medicine: Primum no nocere. That simple Latin phrase has been around a long, long time. Non-malfeasance, is bedrock bioethics that all healthcare students are taught in school. Ask any nursing student. It’s a fundamental principle. Roughly translated it means this: if you don’t know what the hell you’re doing, at least don’t kill your patient, okay? Doesn’t that sound like something that – oh, we don’t know – a CUB SCOUT – might figure out?

Here’s more:



Another Florida ‘Pill Mill’ Physician Found Guilty

Dr Jacinta Gillis

Dr Jacinta Gillis


In the Tampa Bay area of Pinellas Park, literally thousands of people would traipse in and out of the building called Dollar Medical Clinic – many from hundreds of miles away. They knew from experience, or word of mouth, that it was “easy” to get narcotic prescriptions from the doctor named Jacinta Gillis.

So they came from far and wide, for diazepam, for methadone, for oxycodone, and more. And they almost always walked away with whatever they wanted.

“She handed out prescriptions like candy,” says Florida state prosecutor Kelly McKnight. “People were coming in and out of the doors all day every day with no medical evaluations at all. This doctor performed no real physical exams. She just wrote out script after script after script.”

And now, in what the Pinellas County Sheriff calls “the most flagrant pill mill case in county history,” Doctor Jacinta Gillis, age 46, has been convicted of operating an illegal drug-running business out of her two clinics – one in Pinellas Park and the other in Leehigh Acres.

The doctor was originally arrested on charges of Racketeering, Money Laundering, Conspiracy to commit racketeering, and Conspiracy to traffic controlled substances.

Gillis told the jury at trial that she did not commit any crimes and was just trying to help patients cope with their pain.

“They were there because they were suffering. They came to me because I cared,” Gillis said, in tears. “What I pray and what I hope for is that you can see the truth.”

But in the prosecution’s argument, McKnight countered that Gillis would routinely see “50 to 70 people each day.” He said so-called “patients” would line up at the door for prescriptions that they paid $125 in cash to get their hands on.

Gillis would prescribe medications without examining her patients, and sometimes would only see them via webcam, McKnight said. Some of her patients were already drug addicts; others became hooked on the medications after repeatedly receiving the drugs from Gillis.

“They became so dope-sick,” McKnight added, “that when the clinic got shut down, they turned to the street dealers.”

Pinellas Sheriff’s detectives investigated the clinic for two years, during which time undercover deputies visited Gillis’s office and met with her for no more than two minutes each time. One detective testified he was prescribed 150 oxycodone pills and 20 diazepam pills on his very first visit.

Gillis’ drug dealings earned her well over $1,000,000 a year – money obtained unlawfully, McKnight said.

But Gillis, who lives in Fort Myers, told the court she is innocent, saying the jury had heard of her “flawless medical history” and her extensive experience in pain management. She said she charged $125 for prescriptions because other clinics charged more – up to $400 – and she was trying to help low income patients.

Gillis was found guilty November 2 and awaits her sentencing. She could get 25 years in state prison.

Here’s another look:




California Doctor Drug-pusher Gets 27 Christmases Behind Bars

“To a drug dealer, overdoses are a cost of doing business.” (Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Wolf)


Dr Julio Gabriel Diaz

One doctor drug-dealer locked away: another thousand to go . . . .

A Southern California MD known in his community as the ‘Candy Man’ for scribbling out thousands of illegal prescriptions,  was sent off earlier this month by U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney, to spend the next 27 years in federal prison


Doctor Julio Gabriel Diaz, now age 67, was convicted last August on more than 6 dozen charges of writing prescriptions for narcotic painkillers for no valid medical reasons. Although he was found guilty in cases involving nine patients, including one who died of a narcotic overdose, he had already pleaded guilty in an earlier hearing to over-prescribing narcotics that killed 11 people.

It was one year ago when Diaz’ attorneys negotiated a plea deal with federal prosecutors. They then won the right to have the deal reversed when it became clear the wayward doctor would not get probation as he thought he would. Prosecutors were prepping to insist on a 14-year sentence.

Diaz’ lawyer is Kate Corrigan, who argued for a 10-year term, said the higher term would amount to a life sentence. But Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Wolf countered that a message of deterrence needed to be sent, and pushed for 327 months.

Yeah, Kate Corrigan, that makes sense: go ahead and argue that 12 months in jail for each human life, is a fair price to pay.

Prosecutor Wolf told the court the actions of this criminal physician may even have killed 20 people. She pointed to the death of 27-year-old Adam Montgomery, as an example, who was prescribed more than 1,100 narcotic doses that were “highly addictive, highly dangerous and highly abused.”

In spite of warnings by medical staff, Diaz “continued to sell and prescribe highly addictive, controlled substances … for no legitimate medical purpose,” Wolf said.

According to the prosecutor, the case against Diaz began when many of his medical coworkers reported him to police.

And we can promise you it is a rare day indeed, when medical people report medical miscreants to anyone, outside the walls of silence.

At Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, the administration was shocked at how many of Diaz’s patients came stumbling into the ER suffering drug withdrawals and overdoses. They logged more than 400 emergency room visits by his patients in just a one-year period alone, a time-frame that ended in January 2010.

“But Diaz did not stop pushing drugs until he was arrested,” Wolf said.

Prosecutor Wolf argued for the “deterrent value to any other doctor who would consider profiting from the sale of prescriptions by turning people into addicts and fueling their addictions with these incredibly dangerous and highly addictive and destructive drugs. When one of his clinic staff raised concerns about the prescriptions, Diaz fired her.”

This particular egomaniacal idiot owned and operated a scam drug business  called the Family Medical Clinic, located at 510 Milpas Street in Santa Barbara. The clinic was raided by Drug Enforcement Administration agents, and daffy Diaz was arrested and handcuffed  on January 4, 2012.

Here’s another view of this case:


Our Observations:

This particular lab coat loon is an immigrant from Argentina and an excellent example of a Third World Assassin. He graduated from National University of Cordoba / Faculty of Medical Sciences in Buenos Aires and took up residence in California, where careful criminal MDs can operate under the radar. Had he not gone totally off the rails with greed, he likely would never have been caught.


Another So Cal Doctor Faces Drug-dealing Charges: State Medical Board Yawns

Redondo Beach California Physician Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ to Storing $2,000,000 Worth of Prescription Pills for Illegal Sale


Dr Gerard G Goryl

Dr Gerard G Goryl

In the languid coastal town of Redondo Beach, a doctor has sworn to the court that he played no part in the 3 dozen drug-related felonies he has been charged with. But police are convinced the MD had taken illegal possession of what they estimate is $2,000,000 worth of illegal pills and other prescription drugs, hidden as they found them in a Long Beach storage facility.


Doctor Gerard G Goryl, age 59, faces 19 charges of possession for the purpose of selling controlled substances; 10 charges of prescribing drugs with a restricted medical license; 3 three charges of transporting narcotics; 3 charges of illegally prescribing narcotics and sale; and one charge of possessing $100,000 or more, worth of narcotics.

Dr Dumb

Goryl, a neurologist, was already banned from either possessing narcotics or prescribing them, because of two previous cases that are still pending, according to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Brandlin who presides over the indictment. While operating a Redondo Beach medical clinic called A Better Weigh, he was arrested in June 2014, after selling prescription drugs to undercover officers.

Goryl was arrested again on October 21, 2014, after the Redondo Beach Police Department. along with federal DEA agents,  discovered that the wayward doctor had a rented storage locker stockpiling what they believe is a half-million diet pills and prescription drugs.

He was being held on a $2,000,000 bail.

Here’s another look:


Our Observations:

The California State Medical Board – you know, that outstanding group of medical professionals whose mission statement is first and foremost ‘public safety’? They ‘reprimanded’ medical miscreant Goryl in 2008 for “failing to keep adequate medical patient records” and for prescribing medication with no appropriate medical exams.

In other words, the State Medical Board – whose names are listed below  – knew this clown was a drug-pusher for the better part of a decade:

Name Classification Appointing Authority Appointment Date Term Expiration
David Serrano Sewell, J.D. Public Governor 09-11-12 06-01-16
Dev GnanaDev, M.D. Physician Governor 06-04-15 06-01-19
Denise Pines Public Governor 09-11-12 06-01-16
Michelle Anne Bholat M.D. Physician Governor 03-02-15 06-01-18
Michael Bishop, M.D. Physician Governor 12-21-11 06-01-17
Randy W. Hawkins, M.D. Physician Governor 03-02-15 06-01-16
Howard R. Krauss, M.D. Physician Governor 08-20-13 06-01-17
Kristina D. Lawson, J.D. Public Governor 10-28-15 06-01-18
Sharon Levine, M.D. Physician Governor 06-04-15 06-01-19
Ronald H. Lewis, M.D. Physician Governor 08-20-13 06-01-17
Gerrie Schipske, R.N.P., J.D. Public Senate Rules Committee 06-01-07 06-01-15
Jamie Wright, Esquire Public Governor 08-20-13 06-01-18
Barbara Yaroslavsky Public Speaker of the Assembly 09-24-03 06-01-15
Felix C. Yip, M.D.


Another Drugged-up MD Treating Patients

The Scourge of Modern America  . . .

The Scourge of Modern America . . .

“Over the course of her activities, she went through in excess of 12,000 hydromorphone pills.”  (The court record)


A drug-addicted family practitioner in Canada faces a prison term as the New Year approaches.

It was one year ago when Doctor Sarah Louise McArthur, age 43, confessed to felony charges of Fraud, Drug Theft and Forgery. And this week federal prosecutor Kathleen Nolan announced her office is encouraging the court to mete out a 5-year prison term.

McArthur, who lived in the city of Cambridge, admitted to the crimes, which took place between 2012-2014 after she stated she became addicted to fentanyl, a powerful medication usually prescribed to cancer patients.

McArthur acknowledged that she stole a blank prescription pad from an exam room at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London, near Ontario. This enabled her to forge other doctors’ names for prescriptions of hydromorphone as well as  fentanyl – both of which are painkillers. Fentanyl is nearly 100 times more powerful than morphine, and is delivered via slow-release skin patches.

“Over the course of her activities, she went through in excess of 12,000 hydromorphone pills,”  the prosecution said. She took many of the pills herself, and traded many for other drugs.

It is not clear exactly at what point during her heavy  drug use she stopped treating patients, so there is no accurate way to determine how many patients she might have treated while under the influence.  The court record indicates she had promised to stop practicing medicine in 2012. Her attorney, Mark Parrott, stated said she voluntarily agreed to stop treating patients in 2009.

Some of the theft charges are the result of the doctor fraudulently billing Ontario insurance payers for the prescriptions. Even after her first arrest for prescription fraud in January 2012, and while out on bail, McArthur continued falsifying even more  prescriptions.

The doctor’s  guilty plea included Possession of hydromorphone for the purpose of Trafficking; Possession of fentanyl; Fraud; Theft under $5,000 and Creating Falsified Documents.

McArthur is expected to be sentenced in January.

“It’s a very serious set of circumstances,” Justice Gary Hearn said.


The Phenomena of Immigrant Pill-pushing Physicians

Here's exactly how many MDs see their patients

Here’s exactly how many MDs see their patients

“The abuse and distribution of opioid-based pharmaceutical drugs are at epidemic proportions in Alabama and across the United States. Unfortunately, some physicians have abandoned their Hippocratic oath and responsibilities to their patients and communities. Blinded by the allure of greed, deadly and highly addictive pharmaceutical drugs are distributed without regard. The abuse of opioid-based drugs can, and often does have deadly consequences.” (DEA Special Agent Clay A. Morris)


Countless thousands of immigrant doctors have made the United States there home over the past four decades, and their numbers appear to be accelerating. Regretfully, the number of foreign-born physicians who have turned to a life of crime in our communities, to meet their wealth-building agendas, is also – by all measurable criteria – an ugly and alarming trend. Here’s one case of 219 that we have in our files:


In the city of Jasper Alabama a pain management physician changed his “not guilty” plea to “guilty” last week, to writing thousands of prescriptions for no legitimate medical need.

Doctor Muhammad Wasim Ali,  age 51, the owner/operator of the Walker Rural Health Care/Jasper Neurological clinic, made the decision to confess the same morning that he was due to go on trial before U.S. District Judge  Scott Coogler in Tuscaloosa. Ali admitted to 10 charges of illegally distributing narcotics “outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose” to three people working undercover with law enforcement, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Clay Morris.

Ali was arrested in March and had his DEA Controlled Substances Registration revoked.

The court record shows that the wayward physician illegally prescribed more than 1,000 oxycodone pills to three different undercover agents over a 3-month period that ended in November. 2014. During these “patient” visits, Ali performed no appropriate medical exams and asked for no medical records. When law enforcement raided his clinic, detectives discovered that Ali had falsified medical records for the three undercover officers; had referenced fake physical exams and created imaginary diagnoses.

Investigators determined that Ali was writing 52 narcotic prescriptions per day, for morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone and methadone – more than 99% of all other Alabama doctors.

Ali was originally arrested on more than three dozen felony charges, including 26 similar counts of dispensing controlled drugs to other so-called patients.

Ali will most likely get a two-year prison term and an $85,000 fine.


Our Observations:

Ali is an immigrant from Pakistan, having graduated from Dow Medical College in Karachi. The Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners knew full well that Ali had a faulty ethical compass, because they suspended his license temporarily four years ago for the same misbehavior. As far back as 2010 they knew he was routinely “improperly and/or excessively prescribing controlled substances, including OxyContin, Lortab and Norco.”

In other words, medical authorities already knew this man was a drug dealer in a lab coat.

Did they revoke his license? No.

Did they tell him he was on the deportation court docket? Of course not.

The immigrant doctor pill-pusher was fined $10,000 in November of 2012, and was told to enroll in a “medical recordkeeping” class.

He paid the fine; took the bare minimum medical records course – a course that had absolutely NOTHING to do with being a drug dealer – and then went right on pushing pills and making drug money.

Yes, indeed. So how well does vapid physician discipline work out for the American communities where foreign-born doctor-criminals ply their trade?

Lord, love a duck, you people. The garbage behavior we tolerate.


Doctor Arnold Klein: “I was Michael Jackson’s Best Friend”

“Put me next to a patient, give me a needle and I’m really happy.”

– Arnold William Klein, MD

Yes, indeed. Trigger-happy physicians. Hard to imagine why 100 Americans are buried everyday after prescription drug overdoses.


Celebrity + drug dealer = a Perfect Storm

Celebrity + drug dealer = a Perfect Storm

I have a friend here in Southern California whose job is even more interesting than mine. He investigates death scenes for a living. And part and parcel to his career-choice is a front-row seat to thousands of physicians’ foul-ups, bloops and blunders in the Twilight Zone of what healthcare calls ‘therapeutic misadventures.’  Last week we stood in the parking lot of the Riverside County Coroner’s office comparing notes on unethical physicians in the celebrity playground of Palm Springs. So it was a natural transition for our conversation to turn toward the county morgue’s most famous temporary resident. For lying silently within the large cold storage vault just a few feet away from us, was the body of Doctor Arnold Klein, who died Thursday evening at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage.

Doctor Arnold William Klein – and you may well remember this fellow – was a physician for numerous Hollywood celebrities over three decades. His specialty was dermatology, and he plied his trade for all it was worth onto some particularly famous faces: Elizabeth Taylor was a client. So was Dolly Parton. And Dustin Hoffman. And Sharon Stone. His favorite thing in the world to do was using injectable drugs like Restylane and Botox to battle facial wrinkles and sagging necklines.

But nobody he treated was more famous than the enigmatic Michael Jackson, who – thanks to Klein – sported the most recognizable face on earth. And it was reeling in Jackson as a frequent patient, who had developed the disease vitiligo, that helped secure Klein as a fixture among the uber-society of Beverly Hills.

In fact, Jackson’s weekly – and towards the end, daily – visits to Klein for narcotics became so routine, that the L.A. paparazzi learned they could always count on getting at least a fleeting photo of the pop star, by simply camping out in front of the clinic. And Klein loved it. He reveled in the fact that he was becoming almost as famous as his A-list clients. Klein pushed drugs into Michael for a quarter century, calling him “my best friend.” And all the while, Klein got richer and Michael got skinnier, stranger and whiter. All of which is curious, because Klein himself had been an outspoken critic of the misuse of prescription drugs, calling them “toxins,” for many years prior to his A-list client wealth-building system.

But then by now we all know – at least those of us paying attention –  that when it comes to morality in medicine, ethics are routinely shelved for fame and profit.

“Just what you want in your doctor.”

Arnold Klein, age 70 at the time of his death, was a curious figure. It was 20 years ago, in 1996, for example, when he brokered an arranged marriage between Jackson and his own medical assistant, Debbie Rowe, who agreed to marry and bear two of Jackson’s children – Prince and then Paris – for serious money. The couple soon divorced, as was the plan all along, and Klein toyed with the media for two decades over the idea that he fathered the children. He would say he hadn’t. Then maybe he did. Then he was pretty sure he wasn’t the father. Then, in 2013, Klein posted a photo of himself and Prince Jackson on Facebook, implying that he was the biological father of Prince after all. He even filed for custody of the kids that he maybe fathered and maybe didn’t, after Jackson’s overdose death. He lost in court to Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother.

In the summer of 2009 immediately following Jackson’s death, Klein was one of five physicians heavily investigated for supplying hard-core drugs to the pop star. It was learned that he had injected Jackson with Demerol more than four dozen times in the weeks leading up to his death. But when Jackson’s death was blamed on “acute propofol intoxication,” Klein was cleared and another celebrity-infatuated wacko, Conrad Murray, was arrested, charged and convicted of killing his patient-boss. Klein was off the hook . . . barely.

Not long after Michael Jackson’s death, the wayward doctor was apparently missing the limelight, so he told the press that Jackson was actually a closeted gay man and in love with Klein’s clinic manager, a man by the name of Jason Pfeiffer. When Pfeiffer was asked to comment, he answered that yes,  he and Jackson had “been intimate” numerous times. Klein was once again front and center in celebrity news – for a week.

But that was when Klein’s closest celebrity friends began a serious retreat, and some were loudly criticizing him for betraying his most famous patient’s trust.

“Just what we want in our doctors,” Elizabeth Taylor once said. “I thought doctors were like priests, taking an oath of confidentiality. May God have mercy on his soul.”

Indeed, in the end, God only knows. What we all do know now, in the year 2015, is that Michael Jackson is encased in a concrete tomb at Forest Lawn. And Arnold Klein lies in our local county morgue, his body unclaimed, after having died in a hospital room in severe abdominal pain; facing numerous lawsuits; financially broke and alone.

Both men are as dead today as if they had died in ancient Rome.

Here’s a peek at this very strange character, in his own words: