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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Still Another MD Jailed in Despicable Elder Care Scam

 

Doctor ‘flooding streets with pills’

Dr Oliver Herndon

Dr Oliver Herndon

Near Pittsburgh Pennsylvania the former medical director of a skilled nursing facility has confessed in court that he sent patients to a terminal care center who were not terminally ill. He said he did this so he could steal money from Medicare with fraudulent medical bills.

Doctor Oliver Herndon from the city of Peters, was the medical director for Horizons Hospice. At the time of his arrest and trial, he was already serving an 11-year prison term for illegal drug dealing. He was convicted for prescribing thousands of doses of narcotics. He was found to be one of the most prolific “pill mill” physicians in the nation, stealing upwards of $400,000 from taxpayer-funded Medicare.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Cessar, Herndon and others placed patients in terminal care status during a 5-year period that started in 2008, even though they were not in fact dying at all. He then submitted false insurance claims for that unnecessary – and extremely frightening – care.

Horizons Hospice operates facilities in Monroeville, Harrisburg and Altoona, in Western Pennsylvania.

This was the second time Herndon has confessed to felonies in a federal courtroom. This fellow was a one-man clinical crime wave.

In 2012, the wayward MD pleaded guilty to prescribing more than 15,000 narcotic tablets to people with no medical need for them. Of course he got paid for each one – just like the street dealers do.

Here’s more on this lab coat lunatic:

http://triblive.com/news/washington/1844933-74/herndon-drug-prescription-gray-heroin-oxycodone-pritts-death-kaufman-county#axzz3JDIDsRS3

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Our Observations:

Doctor Oliver Herndon, age 43, is a graduate of Stanford University Medical School. We notice that articles in that fine college newspaper – The Stanford Daily – are devoid of any reference to this particular alumnus. What a shame.

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Doctor Drug Dealers: an Unholy Matrimony

 

DRUG DEALING MD

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“Our evidence showed, for most patients, that Bhuthimethee did not operate a legitimate medical practice, but instead was engaged in a scheme to distribute controlled substances illegally, thereby defrauding health care benefit programs, namely, Illinois Medicaid, by running what was in essence a prescription service for drug addicts, commonly known as a ‘pill mill’.”

U. S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton

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In East St. Louis an MD who pleaded guilty to more than a dozen charges of healthcare fraud, has been sentenced to 1 year in prison.

Doctor Viwathna Bhuthimethe, age 68, had previously operated the Walk In Clinic, at 654 E. Broadway in the city of Alton.

According to U. S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton, Bhuthimethee was arrested on 15 charges, which included fraudulent billing of the Illinois State Medicaid program; and illegal drug sales of Xanax and Hydrocodone – specifically, he prescribed narcotics without legitimate medical reasons.

As an example, Bhuthimethee wrote prescriptions for 1,585 narcotic pain pills for two women in less than 18 months.

Witnesses testified that a long line of “patients”‘ cars would be waiting each morning, and on some days the line would stretch down the block.

The state medical board suspended Bhuthimethee’s medical license in the Fall of 2012, for “Violation of federal requirements for record-keeping and dispensing of controlled substances.”

This case was handled as a joint operation of the following agencies: Illinois State Police; Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau; Alton Police Department; the Department of Health and Human Services; the DEA; the FBI and the Illinois State Police.

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Our Observations:

Drug dealer Bhuthimethee graduated from Chulalongkorn University / Faculty of Medicine in Bangkok Thailand in the early 1970’s. He then emigrated to the U.S. and was licensed by the state of Illinois in 1997.

Will this drug dealer and public tax money thief be deported after he is released from prison?

Of course not. The United States does not rid itself of criminal physicians.

We relicense them, and then hide their criminal past from their unsuspecting future patients.

UN-believable.

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