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)


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:



What’s the Punishment for a Surgeon’s Illegal Drug-induced Orgies? Why, ‘Probation’ of Course

“I have zero sympathy for the battle that Dr. Martin has been through as related to being charged with these crimes. He should have conducted himself as a doctor who has taken oath to do no harm. I find the circumstances here beyond troubling.” (U.S. District Judge Kathleen Delaney)

Dr Andrew S Martin

Dr Andrew S Martin


In the city of Las Vegas Doctor Andrew Scott Martin has received a “no jail, 5-year probation” sentence in a case that – in the words of U.S. District Judge Kathleen Delaney – “is appalling for the court to hear.”

Scott, age 48, is an orthopedic surgeon who confessed last March to three felony charges of Possession of Controlled Substances. He was arrested on 10 drug charges, including three counts of Controlled Substance Trafficking. In a surprise move, the prosecution agreed to an extremely light sentence in which Martin would serve no time in prison. He was ordered to perform 40 hours of community service.

Those who attended his drug-fueled sex parties over the years referred to him as “Scotty,” and Scotty found himself indicted last February along with his wife, Jennifer Martin. A half-dozen others were also arrested for their roles in the kinky gatherings.

“Eyes Wide Shut”

Jennifer Martin

Jennifer Martin

Investigators reported that they had learned years ago that the freaky physician was routinely hosting themed sex parties that drew many dozens of costumed adults to imbibe in intercourse and a wide variety of drugs, including cocaine and pills, all provided by the doctor. In 2013, law enforcement sent a male and female undercover couple to infiltrate the parties. The theme of one party was “Eyes Wide Shut,” after the edgy Tom Cruise film, where his character is a doctor who engages in a dangerous exploration of a secret sex club. Like the movie, partygoers were expected to wear masks and fashionably nude costumes.

Martin’s wife confessed earlier this summer to one count  of Illegal Drug Possession and paid a small fine.

This doctor’s medical license was suspended for 60 days but he’s back undressing people for money once again, so no worries.

That is, unless he’s undressing someone you happen to care about.

Here’s more:


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The Case of the Double-dipping Dimwit . . .


Here’s a case that was taking place in Oregon exactly 10 years ago . . . .

In the city of Gresham a physician who had sex with a patient on multiple visits and then dutifully charged the state $5000 for his special “treatments,” has been jailed for 30 days and embarrassed by the local TV news.

Doctor Randall J. Smith, age 50 at the time of his arrest, had medically counseled an unnamed adult patient that massaging her vaginal “trigger points” would ease her lower back pain, and who was she to debate treatment modalities with a doctor, for heaven’s sake?  This would involve sexual intercourse, he explained patiently. But thank goodness we have physicians in this world willing to take on serious sacrifices for their citizens in need.

All in the wacky world of medicine

All in the wacky world of medicine

Smith, who holds a doctorate in osteopathy, would then direct his office staff to methodically bill the Oregon Health Plan for these 45-minute, wonders-of-nature encounters, all of which were performed at the Adventist Health Medical Clinic.

I know you can't resist

I know you can’t resist

And if they had just left him alone all would have been peachy. It was, after all, a win-win formula. The doc got happy and the doc got paid and the patient thought it was cool enough to tell other people all about her special treatments. What could possibly go wrong?

Alas, upon learning of these therapeutic passion-sessions, the state insurance provider, Oregon Health Plan,  became considerably less affectionate than was Doctor Randall Smith himself.  In fact they raised hell.

Anyway, after his 30-day jail time for insurance theft, Smith was sentenced to perform 200 hours of community service. (no word if he had any say in what kind of service) He was ordered to pay the whopping sum of $1,105 in fines. He was put on probation for 18 months and had his medical license revoked by the state.

Although he pleaded guilty to submitting false health care claims, which happens to be a felony, Smith maintained that sex with the 47-year-old woman was consensual.

We suspect it probably was consensual, because when typical, medicine-worshipping patients find themselves in a closed room with a doctor, they tend to go along with just about anything – up to and including the preposterous. There does in fact exist – after all – an unwritten, immutable law of the cosmos:

When in the presence of a lab coat – for God sakes, stop thinking.

So now you know, and here’s a look at what happened when this particular stethoscope stud crossed state lines to start over, which is what the typical doctor in deep doo-doo does:


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Doctor Posed as Dead Patient for Two Years to Get Drugs. Cool!

“Yes, I treated patients when I was ‘high’ on drugs.” (Kent Swaine, surgeon)

Dr Kent Swaine

Dr Kent Swaine


A Las Vegas physician confessed in federal court last December that he was able to get prescription drugs by pretending to be one of his dead patients when he went to neighborhood pharmacies.

Doctor Kent Swaine, age 50, was therefore found guilty of the Felony of “obtaining controlled substances by fraud.” He was sentenced to 5 years probation and 150 hours of community service.

Swaine stepped into deep doo-doo when law enforcement learned he was writing prescriptions for himself under the name of Alexander Hyt, a patient who had conveniently died of cancer in August 2011. The daffy doc posed as the previous Mr. Hyt at drug stores, in order to keep the anti-depressants and painkillers coming, right up till his arrest in December, 2013.

Swaine operated a cosmetic and vascular surgery clinic located at 5380 South Rainbow Boulevard in Las Vegas, until his state medical license was finally suspended in January 2014. At the time, he tested positive for amphetamines, benzodiazepine and opiates.

Oh, that’s just terrific.

On the day of his sentencing in Nevada U.S. District Court, Judge Richard Boulware ordered Swaine to write a letter of apology to the Hyt family, and then said this:

“Your addiction placed other people at risk,”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Crane Pomerantz.

Here’s another look:


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Bank-Robbing Doctor Headed to Federal Prison

Dr Damian Newhart Robbing Bank of the West, Huntington Beach California

Dr Damian Newhart Robbing Bank of the West, Huntington Beach California

Yet another disgraced doctor is now getting a legal kick in the pants over some pretty bizarre shenanigans – namely, robbing banks. Now, we could make this stuff up, but with all the garbage behavior by so-called healthcare providers among us – why would we have to?

Doctor Damian Loren Newhart, age 41, is an Orange County California dentist whose medical license to treat patients was revoked last July. He had been running the tired, drug-prescriptions-for-cash scam, you see. And when the Dental Board of California learned that he was routinely prescribing Valium, Vicodin, hydrocodone, Norco, diazepam and Viagra to people with no medical need – which he did for at least three years – they pulled his license. Newhart had been operating a Laguna Niguel orthodontic clinic up till then.

So what’s a befuddled doc to do? He had to earn a living. So why not a seven-bank crime spree that started in November 2014 and ending with his capture in January. According to the FBI, Newhart got away with just over $20,000 for his efforts.

In federal court, Newhart pleaded guilty to three bank robberies and confessed to four others, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Kendall: U.S. Bank; OneWest Bank; Bank of the West, followed by Citibank branches in Santa Monica, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Beach and Manhattan Beach.

Nicknamed the “Rolled Sleeves Bandit” by the FBI, Newhart will spend the next five years in a federal prison,

Here’s another view of this daffy doc’s case:


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Our Observations:

Quick quiz: Let’s play a game. Find us ONE other serial bank robber in U.S. history who got a 5-year prison sentence.

Go ahead. We’ll send you a crisp $5 bill for the elucidation.

Because, well, that’s the kind of mood we happen to be in tonight.

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