Sadder Than Expected; Funnier Than it Ought to be . . .


National Healthcare Reform? Now that’s a complex subject. But here’s an idea: Why don’t we just start by weeding out the lunatics?

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ABC’s 20/20 News Magazine Examines Our Medical Miscreant Case

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Investigative reporters Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir

You can Watch ABC’s 20/20 tonight, to see a case we referred to them in 2009.

“We are indebted to Mr. McDonald’s research in this extraordinary case of a physician who murdered his wife.”

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Delaware MD Convicted of Waterboarding a Child

Dr Melvin Morse

Dr Melvin Morse

In the city of Georgetown a physician was found guilty this week of water-torturing the daughter of his girlfriend by holding her head under a faucet.

Doctor Melvin Morse, age 60 was charged with three felonies but convicted of one: waterboarding a 10-year old girl in a bathtub. He was also found guilty of five lesser but similar assaults.

Pauline Morse, mother of the girl, agreed to plead guilty last year to child endangerment and testified against the doctor. She described Morse as “brutal and domineering” abusing the girl for years while her mother acquiesced in silence. Pauline Morse, 41, said she chose to ignore the abuse and was afraid of “undermining” Melvin Morse.

Morse, who is appallingly a pediatrician, could receive a 10-year prison term when sentenced in April.

Case Update:

April 11, 2014

Superior Court Judge Richard F. Stokes gave Doctor Melvin Morse a five-year sentence Friday morning, for a count of first-degree Reckless Endangerment of a child.

The judge ordered that the errant physician could be released on probation after three years in state custody. Stokes handed down five other one-year sentences but suspended them for probation time to be served concurrently with Morse’s two years on probation.

Morse was led from the courtroom in handcuffs.

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Lady Doctor Found Guilty of Cash Kickbacks, Conspiracy

Dr Maryam Jafari

Dr Maryam Jafari

In Newark New Jersey a physician was found guilty this week for her role in a health care referral scam.

Doctor Marjam Jafari, age 43, was convicted on three conspiracy charges as well as two counts of taking kickback cash payments from an imaging center.

The scam involved a facility known as the Orange Community MRI, which investigators learned had been paying doctors large, unrecorded amounts of cash in envelopes by courier, in return for patient referrals, for at least two years.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman explains the doctor kickback scheme

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman explains the 14 doctor kickback scheme

During a federal jury trial that lasted three weeks, Doctor Jafari, an internal medicine specialist, was told she could receive a sentence of 25 years in prison.

Jafari, a resident of Hoboken, is only the most recent doctor to be convicted in connection with the kickback scheme, which involved at least 15 other practitioners in the area. The federal case was well-publicized in the weeks before Christmas, 2011, when more than five dozen agents raided several medical facilities, including Orange Community MRI.

Case Update:

June 12, 2014:

A northern New Jersey doctor convicted of receiving cash kickbacks for diagnostic testing referrals has been sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Maryam Jafari was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Newark.

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