San Diego Area Physician & Wife Get Prison for Tax Fraud

dr james francis murphy

Dr James Francis Murphy

A doctor in the North County city of Encinitas was sentenced this week to 48 months in federal prison.

Doctor James F. Murphy, age 53, was found guilty after prosecutors were able to prove that he and his wife had been running numerous scams, with the sole purpose of obstructing the Internal Revenue Service from collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Investigators revealed that Murphy brought in as much as $1,000,000 annually from osteopathic clinics in California and Nebraska, yet paid no federal income taxes for more than 10 years. Instead of accurately declaring income and paying taxes lawfully owed, and in spite repeated warnings by the IRS, the Murphys decided to file false income tax returns for both their medical practice and personal finances, concealing their true income, according to court records.

Doctor Murphy, who owned and operated a pair of clinics called Cornerstone Progressive Health, was sentenced Tuesday to four years in federal prison and ordered to repay $500,000.

Cornerstone Progressive Health - at least their patients look happy

Cornerstone Progressive Health – at least their patients look happy

His wife, Denise Christine Murphy, age 52, was sentenced to 1 year house arrest and ordered to repay $148,000.

According to a federal press release, when the doctor was confronted by the IRS, he lied and told investigators that he and his wife were not U.S. citizens and insisted that tax laws did not apply to them.

Here’s a peek at this particular lab coat lunatic’s website:

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Our Observations:

We decided to call the Encinitas Cornerstone office today. Their number is 760 402 4028. The doctor was not in.

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Another Daft Doc with a Leak in His Brain Pain

Dr Mark A Gonsky

Dr Mark A Gonsky

In the state of Pennsylvania a physician admitted in court this week that he did indeed beat up one of his patients, and he did threaten to kill a police officer. He pleaded guilty to making Terroristic Threats.

Doctor Mark Gonsky, age 61 of the city of Mountain Top, seemed to have a penchant for serious mischief last year. His legal troubles started in February 2013, when he was arrested him for bullying business people while drunk. Afterwards he threatened to “put a bullet between a police officer’s eyes” and fired off a handgun in the yard of his Fairview Township home.

While out on bail in April, Gonsky was handcuffed and taken away again, this time for drunk driving on a state highway. And he was arrested yet again in December and jailed for not showing up to court for his first arrest.

It was about this time that Wright Township police learned that he had kicked a disabled patient in the back while drunk at his medical clinic earlier in the year. After the victim testified, medical maniac Gonsky confessed and was found guilty of Assault.

Gonsky MD was given a suspended sentence of 18 months in prison and was released, as according to the judge he had already spent 200 days in jail.

The Pennsylvania Board of Osteopathic Medicine has suspended Gonsky’s medical license:


  • Action Taken: Suspension
  • Summary: Mark A. Gonsky, D.O.; License # OS005105L; NATURE OF COMPLAINT: The Screening Committee of the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine found probable cause on several counts that this osteopath presents a clear and immediate danger to the health and safety of the public. ACTION TAKEN: The Pennsylvania Board of Osteopathic Medicine temporarily suspended the osteopath’s license pending a hearing.

We’ll see how long that lasts.


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Did the Doctor Kill the Doctor?

Dr Robert Ferrante

Dr Robert Ferrante

A University of Pittsburgh doctor who police believe poisoned his doctor wife has agreed to waive his right to a preliminary hearing.

According to his attorney, the decision means Doctor Robert Ferrante, age 64, formally admits to the court that the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office most likely has enough evidence of Murder, for him to be bound over for trial, in the April 2013 death of his wife, Doctor Autumn Klein, age 41.

Dr Autumn M Klein

Dr Autumn M Klein

Investigators believe the researcher spiked his wife’s energy drink with the fast-acting poison, cyanide. Pittsburgh Police Department arrested Ferrante last July after they discovered he had purchased a large volume of cyanide using a University of Pittsburg credit card, two days before Doctor Klein fell gravely ill. They soon learned that no poisons are used jn Ferrante’s research area of focus, which is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS.

Common Pleas Judge David Cashman has ordered that Ferrante’s daughter Cianna remain in the custody of his wife’s parents in Maryland. The prosecution believes the young girl is a witness and asked Cashman to prevent Ferrante from contacting her. What evidence the girl might testify to is not known.

Here’s more:

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Hospital Pays Out $200M. Why? Well, One of its MDs Liked to Film Naked Lady Parts, Just for Fun

Dr Nikita Levy

A freaky gynecologist’s secret use of tiny cameras to film his patients’ genitals has led to a $1,900,000 settlement with 8,000 female patients.

Doctor Nikita Levy was fired after 25 years with the Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore in February of last year, after a female co-worker alerted authorities about a pen-like camera he wore around his neck.

Levy committed suicide days later, after a federal investigation revealed thousands of images stored on his home computer.
The preliminary settlement approved by a court last week is one of the largest in U.S. history, involving sexual misconduct by a physician. It all but closes a case that never produced criminal charges but seriously threatened the reputation of one of the world’s leading medical centers.

According to authorities, thousands of women were traumatized, even though their faces were not visible in the images and it could not be established with certainty which patients were recorded or how many.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Howard Janet said 62 girls were among the victims, and that Levy violated hospital protocol by sending chaperones out of the exam room.

Johns Hopkins stated that insurance will cover the settlement, which “properly balances the concerns of thousands of plaintiffs with obligations of the medical center.”

“It is our hope that this settlement – and findings by law enforcement that images were not shared – helps those affected achieve a measure of closure,” the hospital statement said, adding that “one individual does not define Johns Hopkins.”

Approximately 8,000 women contacted the class-action lawsuit hotline.

Johns Hopkins’ attorney, Donald DeVries, said Levy “went rogue. The hospital had no inkling of what he was doing.”

Once alerted to the problem, hospital authorities notified Baltimore Police Department and ordered Levy off the property. Investigators said they found no evidence he shared the material with others.

Some women told of being inappropriately touched; that they were regularly called to Levy’s office for unnecessary pelvic exams.

Levy, age 54 at the time of his death, graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College in Manhattan. He began working at Johns Hopkins in 1988. When the allegations came to light, he was working at Hopkins East Baltimore Medical Center.

Hospital records indicate Levy treated well over 12,000 patients during his 25 years.

The doctor committed suicide by placing his head in a plastic trash bag. The bag was attached to a hose connected to a helium tank.

And so it goes.

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Coroner Off to Jail for Greedy Deeds


Drs Peter & Alison Galvan during happier times

Drs Peter & Alison Galvan during happier times

“If you don’t want to be caught between a hammer and the anvil . . . don’t steal.” Assistant Attorney General David Caldwell

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In the Louisiana parish of St. Tammany their former coroner has been convicted on charges of using the office of the dead for personal financial gain.

Doctor Peter R. Galvan, age 54, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and fined $5,000. The sentencing of Galvan, who resigned in October and pleaded guilty to a federal corruption charge, ends the tale of a soap-opera scandal that was the gossip of St. Tammany for more than a year. With an outraged citizenry and the parish government takeover of coroner’s office finances Galvan’s cavalier use of taxpayer money, along with his refusal to even discuss the spending, prompted the St. Tammany Parish Council to take the extraordinary step last March of formally asking him to step down.

The federal government charged Galvan in October, when investigators determined that the wayward physician was taking sick leave money in the amount of $111,376 which he was not entitled to. He is believed to have entered into illegal contracts with other agencies from which he profited by more than $300,000.

The doctor also bought a $9,000 generator for his boat; a GPS system and other items amounting to over $7,000 for his personal use – all with public money.

According to court documents, Galvan took advantage of coroner’s office credit card to buy meals and personal items for more than $15,000, all of which were unrelated to business.

Galvan joins 250,000 other physicians listed in the Nat'l Practitioner Data Bank

Galvan joins 250,000 other physicians listed in the Nat’l Practitioner Data Bank

“I apologize to the people of St. Tammany Parish who elected me,” Galvan told the court. “I betrayed their trust. I have ruined my career and reputation.”

Terry King, the whistle blower who exposed the wrongdoing in the coroner’s office and shared documents with investigators and the news media, said he was satisfied with the punishment.

Galvan, who is married to Doctor Alison Galvan, had been coroner since 2000. A wrongful termination lawsuit filed against him in 2010 by former coroner staff member Terry King, led to the release of public records by the coroner’s office that revealed lavish spending by the office and other questionable practices.

Here’s more:

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Our Observations:

This particular lab coat loon graduated from Louisiana State University at New Orleans in 1989.

He will not be attending his graduating class party this summer.

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Horny Doctor Feelgood Gets Caught with his (surgical) Pants Down

Sexting Notes

An anesthesiologist who has worked for 20 years at Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center has had his medical license suspended by the Medical Quality Assurance Commission, for what authorities call “sexting; sending photos and exposing his genitals” while in the operating room.

Dr Arthur K Zilberstein

Dr Arthur K Zilberstein

According to the hospital investigation, Doctor Arthur K. Zilberstein, age 47, “compromised the safety of surgical patients at least during the known period of April-August 2013.” At least some of the patients involved were undergoing caesarean birth operations at the time of his juvenile shenanigans.

Investigators revealed that lab coat loony Zilberstein is believed to have sent more than 250 sexually explicit texts during complex surgical procedures. During one particular abdominal operation on a woman, Zilberstein sent 45 messages over a 90-minute period.

On one day alone, said the state report, on June 17, 2013, Zilberstein sent 64 texts during seven surgeries, many of which were sexual in nature.

He is also accused of sending a photo of his genitals with his scrub pants pulled down while in the operating room. In one text he wrote: “Oh. And my partner walked in as I was pulling up my scrubs. I’m pretty sure he caught me.”

A spokesman for Swedish Medical Center said this: “Once we learned that the State had suspended this physician’s medical license, his Staff membership and privileges were immediately suspended. We just recently learned of these allegations and are conducting our own internal review of the physician, who is not directly employed by Swedish.”

Zilberstein is in fact employed by a contractor, Physicians Anesthesia Services. Wonder how proud they are of this notoriety?

Here’s another take on this freak:


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Our Observations:

We are not particularly proud to report that clinical cretin Zilberstein is a graduate of the same medical school we are: UCSD La Jolla.

This note should go without saying but as some of you are new, we will once again reiterate the daffy doc reality in this country:

Zany Zilberstein will be fired by his employer and banned from Swedish Medical Center. He will almost assuredly move to another state, where he will be quietly relicensed and working in another O.R. within an appallingly brief period of time.

Who knows? He may even show up at a hospital near you, undressing patients totally unaware of his penchant for pee-pee exposure.

Don’t you just love American healthcare?

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‘Did I Treat Patients While High on Crack Cocaine? Sure Did.’

Dr Robert W Locklear

Dr Robert W Locklear

In the city of Greeneville Tennessee a physician told the judge in a federal courtroom this week that he routinely tended to his patients while strung out on cocaine.

Doctor Robert W. Locklear, age 45, changed his “Not Guilty” plea to “Guilty” last Monday. He had been charged with Narcotic Distribution and Conspiracy to commit Health Care Fraud.

According to court records the Greenville Police Department was notified by the Comfort Inn motel that an abnormal amount “of short-stay visitors” could be seen entering and leaving Locklear’s rented room. The suspicion was late night drug sales.

Locklear, an internal medicine specialist, was taken into custody by investigators in June, 2013 by the Third Judicial Drug Task Force which conducted the operation along with Greeneville Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.

At the time of his arrest, Locklear managed a narcotic abuse treatment clinic. He confessed in court that he became addicted to alcohol and cocaine himself, and would often leave untrained and/or unqualified staff members to perform physician-level treatments.

Locklear MD is expected to be sentenced in September.

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