Would a Drugged-out Doctor Kleptomaniac Get to Keep a Medical License? But of Course!

Dr Lisa N. Freedman

Dr Lisa N. Freedman

In the Syracuse New York area the State Board for Professional Medical Conduct has finally gotten around to disciplining a physician who police believe has been repeatedly committing petty theft over the last 25  years. Investigators suspect the doctor has stolen from at least four different stores.

According to a law enforcement press release, Doctor Lisa N. Freedman, an OB/Gyn specialist in East Syracuse, has been fined $5,000 for professional misconduct – but not because she appears to be a one-woman crime spree whenever she visits a store. It’s because the Board learned she was prescribing drugs for other people and then popping the pills herself.

The State Board reports that Freedman, age 53, wrote scam prescriptions for family members over a four-year span beginning in September 2009.  She also violated the law by not maintaining medical records on these so-called “patients.” She has been found negligent on more than one occasion and fraudulently practicing medicine.

In an entirely separate criminal case, Freedman will be in court in March to answer to a charge of theft in the city of Dewitt. According to the Dewitt Police Department, this manic MD was caught stealing from Wegman’s supermarket last June. She was arrested at the store by DeWitt police after she was witnessed stealing lipstick, magazines, soap, cosmetics, spices and candy worth several hundred dollars.

Records indicate this latest incident is the eighth time since 1990 Freedman has been charged with stealing from stores in the Syracuse area, Previous incidents happened at Walmart; the Towne Center Mall in Manlius; and yet another Wegmans in the city of Liverpool.

Michael Ringwood, Freedman’s attorney, states the doctor has been charged with petty theft more than once but was never convicted.

Under New York State law, a medically unrelated criminal conviction can result in a charge of professional misconduct. But an arrest alone is not considered misconduct.

As part of her official sanctions, the following penalties have been determined:

  • The doctor may not prescribe narcotics to herself or family members
  • She may not drink alcohol
  • She is subject to unannounced drug and alcohol tests
  • She must actively be involved in Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • She may not treat patients unless she is supervised by a sobriety monitor and a therapist

Here’s another view of this lab coat lunatic:

http://www.syracuse.com/health/index.ssf/2015/02/dewitt_doctor_accused_of_petit_larceny_eight_times_sanctioned_for_professional_m.html

Calling Doctor Fire-starter: Your Jail Cell is Waiting

Dr Leopold Weinstein

Dr Leopold Weinstein

A Southern California dentist was arrested last week on three charges of Arson. Apparently he figured the best way to get more business was to burn down the competition.

According to the Sheriff’s Department in Ventura County, just north of Los Angeles, Doctor Leopold Weinstein, age 63, was taken into custody on suspicion of setting multiple fires at dental offices in the city of Camarillo. The offices were owned and operated by other dentists.

Investigators state the case began last June, when suspicious flammable chemicals were discovered on the roof of a dental clinic. Within two weeks another dentist’s office was set on fire. When the daffy doc actually returned to the scene of the first crime, he was caught on camera setting fire to the building.

ARSON

According to Arson Investigator Michael Rompal, Weinstein became the primary suspect when police learned that his car was seen near one of the offices at an unusual time. An unnamed witness used his cell phone to snap a picture of the license plate and sent it to police. That vehicle was identical to those identified at the other arson locations.

Weinstein now sits in Ventura County Jail, awaiting his court date next week.

Until his arrest Weinstein operated Spanish Hills Dental Group in Camarillo.

Here’s more on this lab coat lunatic:

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Ventura-County-Dentist-Arrested-Following-Long-Arson-Investigation-290477741.html

 

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Our Observation:

According to his rather polished website, this nutcase supports numerous community programs, including the Ventura County Firefighters’ Association.

We can’t think of a better way to support firefighters than to sneak around town at night setting fires.

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Doctor Bites Security Guard at Beach Resort. Yeah, He Really Did.

Dr Robert Lewis Pugh

Dr Robert Lewis Pugh

In South Carolina an MD was jailed this week and charged with Assault at the Sand Dunes Resort in Myrtle Beach.

Doctor Robert L. Pugh was taken away after attacking a security guard at the resort, Myrtle Beach police say. The security officer reported that he was called to the hotel bar where Pugh was acting loud and aggressive.  And when he tried to detain him at the elevator the intoxicated doctor became combative.

After his arrest at the police station, Pugh admitted that he bit the security guard while he was being handcuffed. He said the guard touched his “private parts.”

When Pugh, age 53, isn’t acting like a third-grader in a sandbox, he works as a specialist at Palmetto Internal Medicine in the town of Murrells Inlet. He was transported to the Myrtle Beach city jail.

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Our Observation:

This Daffy doc is a graduate of Ross University School of Medicine.

Stay classy, Pugh. Don’t let your last name stink up your attitude.

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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:

http://www.cornerstoneprogressivehealth.com/about-cornerstone-progressive-health/dr-james-f-murphy-jr/

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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:

(9/20/2013)

  • 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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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:

http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2014/05/former_st_tammany_parish_coron_5.html

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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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