Butt Injection Scam ‘Doctor’ Headed to Prison

Man pleads guilty to deadly mix of silicone, glue and fraud in butt injections case

VINNIE TAYLOR BUTT HEAD

Some fools are poster children for the term ‘butt-heads’

 

A particularly freaky fellow named Vinnie Taylor stumbled upon a pretty curious way to make a living: he would inject his own concoction of silicone buttock goo in to the rear-ends of people in hotel rooms in Maryland, Virginia, Missouri and elsewhere – charging his mentally-challenged customers $1,000 for an initial visit and $800 for repeat business.

Taylor would meet his clients inside hotel rooms throughout the East Coast – equipped with gallons of silicone, super glue and cotton balls, according to federal prosecutors. He told some of the women who came to him seeking fuller figures, according to court documents, that he knew what he was doing was illegal, but assured them that they would be safe – and even more important than safe – by golly his were the cheapest butt shots around.

It’s like how “marijuana is illegal, but everyone does it,” Taylor reportedly told one of his customers, according to court testimony.

Taylor actually got away with it for 7 years, and did more than 3,000 sessions. But then one of his less-than-intelligent lady customers had to go and die on him, and damn it! The Taylor tushy train all came to a screeching halt.

Taylor, age 44, was not a doctor and had never had a medical license. But that didn’t stop him from purchasing a whopping 150 gallons of silicone for his business. And due to his penchant for marketing, his scam brought in $1,500,000 in revenue, federal prosecutors said.

After injecting the silicone using long needles, Taylor would use super glue and cotton balls to prevent the silicone from leaking. He would wrap the women’s buttocks in plastic wrap and sent them home.

Taylor injected food-grade silicone – designed for processing and packaging – into the women seeing him, but told them it was medical-grade silicone. He told one woman that “silicone is not harmful if it is injected into you”.

In the case in Maryland at a hotel room in March 2014, the woman began having problems breathing after she left. She was taken to a local hospital, where she died. The medical examiner determined the woman’s cause of death to be “acute and chronic respiratory failure due to a foreign substance”.

Taylor told other women afterwards that yes, he had administered injections to her, but claimed, “her death was not his fault. He was ‘just trying to fix her’.

Taylor, of Wilmington, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges for administering the illegal injections last month. He’ll likely serve 12 years in prison. The good news is he’ll be off the streets for a while. The other news is that he’ll only be 56 when he gets released. The spooky news is . . . well, he’ll be looking for a job.

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Child-custody Doctor Posts Lewd Photos: Medical Board Says “No Problem”

The California State Medical Board has found “insufficient evidence” to bring disciplinary action against Doctor Joseph Kenan, a Beverly Hills psychiatrist and child-custody evaluator who posted lewd photos of himself on Facebook and apparently condones illicit drug use.

Dr Joseph Keegan

The guy looks pretty normal with his clothes on . . .

Kenan, age 46 at the time, is past president of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry. He had been involved as an expert witness in hundreds of child-custody cases, when the social media postings surfaced under the names of “Joe Keegan”.

The posts included images of Kenan baring his buttocks to a camera in a public place and looking down the pants of a young man, as well as a picture of a woman snorting a long line of cocaine.

Dr Joseph keegan 2

Would you pay this doctor thousands of dollars to represent YOU in court?

Kenan said in court records that the photos were never meant for public viewing. His attorney, Joel Douglas, called them “prank, joke photos” that did not reflect fairly on Kenan’s work.

“Everybody is entitled to their private life, and the medical board, to its credit, was able to get away from the hue and cry and look at it objectively,” he said Friday.

Disgustingly – but not really much of a surprise – the California State Medical Board wrote this in summation of the case:

“A complete investigation was performed, including a subject interview. We then retained an expert witness to review the case, which resulted in a conclusive finding that there was no evidence of professional misconduct by the doctor.”

Kenan is a member of a group of experts, highly influential but loosely regulated. They advise family courts in contested custody cases. Such experts often earn hefty fees, tens of thousands of dollars in some cases, for evaluating parental fitness.

Here’s more on this character:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2538142/Would-pay-man-7-500-decide-fit-parent-New-film-exposes-dark-underbelly-50bn-year-divorce-industry-US.html

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Healthcare Thieves Keep the FBI Very, Very Busy

Fraud graphicRooting out healthcare fraud is central to the well-being of all citizens, as well as this country’s overall economy.

Healthcare fraud costs the taxpayers billions of dollars each year, and it continues to grow.  U.S. medical  expenditures  exceed $3,000,000,000,000 (that trillions) and spending continues to outpace inflation. Hundreds of recent cases prove that medical professionals are more than willing to risk patient harm to pad their incomes.

And that is a disgusting fact.

The primary agency for exposing and investigating health care fraud, is the FBI, with jurisdiction over both federal and private insurance programs. Their goal is to identify and pursue investigations against the worst offenders, along with investigative partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies, as well as their relationships with private insurance national groups. FBI field offices  target fraud through coordinated task forces, strike teams and undercover operations.

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Here’s an example – over just the last 3 weeks – of the kinds of criminals who permeate the fabric of modern U.S. medicine. Multiply these by a thousand, and you’ll have at least a fair idea of how corrupt American healthcare really is:

  • (June 3):  Three New Defendants, Including a Chiropractor, Plead Guilty in Scheme Involving Nearly $600 Million in Fraudulent Claims by Southern California Hospitals
  • (June 3):  Three Indicted for $634,000 Health Care Fraud Involving Two Toledo companies
  • (June 2):  Former Horizons Hospice Chief Operating Officer Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud
  • (June 2):  Fresno/Visalia-Based Health Care Company President Charged with Fraud, Embezzlement, and Money Laundering
  • (June 2):  Owner and Chief Financial Officer of Healthcare Company Sentenced to Prison for Their Roles in Fraud Scheme
  • (June 1):  Owners of Home Health Care Agency Sentenced to Prison for Taking Part in $80 Million Medicaid Fraud
  • (May 30):  Newark Hospital to Pay $450,000 for Allegedly Billing Health Care Programs for Unnecessary Procedures
  • (May 30):  Patient Recruiter Sentenced to 60 Months in Prison for Role in $2.3 Million Miami Medicare Fraud Scheme
  • (May 27):  New York Pharmacist Pleads Guilty to Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Tax Fraud
  • (May 24):  Two Saratoga Doctors Indicted for Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering
  • (May 24):  Ambulance Company Owner and Brother Arrested in $6 Million Health Care Fraud Conspiracy
  • (May 24):  Physician Assistant Ordered to Pay $77,900, Excluded from Medicare and Medicaid, and Sentenced to Six Months’ Home Detention for Accepting $12,600 in Illegal Kickbacks
  • (May 20):  Washington DC Physician Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud
  • (May 19):  Kittanning Man Indicted on Health Care Fraud Charges
  • (May 16):  Former Fresno County Administrator Indicted for Health Care Fraud
  • (May 12):  Florida Woman Sentenced for Health Care Fraud
  • (May 12):  Kentuckiana Anesthesiologist Sentenced to 9 years for Unlawful Distribution of Controlled Substances, Health Care Fraud, Conspiracy, and Money Laundering
  • (May 11):  Granite City Chiropractor Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering
  • (May 10):  Washington County Man Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison for Defrauding Hospitals

And people have the nerve to ask us why we became a medical heretic. Well, it ain’t rocket science. Our professional house is infested with greedy, chomping, never-sleeping termites. And nobody on the inside has the intestinal fortitude to call Terminix.

On that note readers . . . have yourselves a terrific week.

Texas Psych-meister Goes to Prison for a Stunning Insurance Scam

 “The defendants ran a longstanding hospital into the ground through their greed and fraud.  (They) had patients sit around the facility watching movies while they received no treatment.  Meanwhile, the defendants billed Medicare millions, for care that was never provided.  This brazen fraud cannot and will not be tolerated.” (Assistant Attorney General Caldwell)

A South Texas doctor has been sentenced to a 12-year term for her role in a $158,000,000 Medicare scheme. Some of her thieving buddies got much worse.

Dr Sharon Iglehart

Dr Sharon Iglehart

Doctor Sharon Iglehart, age 58, a former staff psychiatrist at Riverside General Hospital in Houston, will spend more than a decade in federal prison for taking part in Medicare fraud scam involving false claims for mental health treatment. She was also ordered to pay a $6,000,000  restitution fine. She was sentenced in the first week of April by U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal.

After a 7-day trial in September 2015, a jury convicted Iglehart of Healthcare Fraud, Conspiracy to Commit Healthcare Fraud, and Lying on patient medical records.

The prosecution was able to prove that the jaw-dropping scam started as far back as 2006 until she and her co-conspirators were arrested in June 2012. Iglehart and others submitted  $158,000,000 in false claims through Riverside Hospital billing department, for what were supposed to be hospitalization services – that is, comprehensive outpatient treatment for  patients with severe mental illness. But the evidence revealed the Medicare-covered patients never did receive such treatments. The majority of them rarely even saw a psychiatrist, nor did they receive  psychiatric treatment at all, according to the Department of Justice.

Riverside General Hospital

This facility – a mismanaged train wreck for 50 years – now has its mental health clinics shut down. Medicare has no confidence they know what they are doing.

The investigation shows that Iglehart billed Medicare for patient psychotherapy and other treatment that she never provided. It also reveals that she falsified medical records of patients at the Riverside Hospital inpatient facility, to “document” she had provided psychiatric treatment, when in fact she did not.

Ernest Gibson CEO

Former hospital CEO Ernest Gibson stole millions

At least a dozen other people have been found guilty  in the conspiracy, including the former hospital CEO of Riverside General Hospital, Ernest Gibson, as well as his 37-year old son, Ernest Gibson, Jr. Gibson senior is behind bars for 45 years; his son – who operated a satellite psychiatric facility called Devotions Care Solutions – was sentenced to 20 years.

The Department of Justice reports they have recovered more than $2,000,000,000 stolen in healthcare fraud crimes nationwide – by criminal physicians, crooked clinic administrators and others = in the year 2015 alone.

Here’s more:

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-president-riverside-general-hospital-sentenced-45-years-prison-158-million-medicare

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Pharm.D, MD Go Down for Drug Conspiracy Scheme in New Jersey

Dr Vincent Esposito

Dr Vincent Esposito; Srinivasa Raju, taking full advantage of their medical educations

A Passaic County pharmacist was convicted this week on the felony charge of Narcotic Distribution Conspiracy. His partner in crime – a prescription-scamming doctor – has already pleaded guilty to a similar charge.

It seems that Srinivasa Raju, age 44, a resident of Passaic County, operated the Bottle Hill Pharmacy in the city of Madison when he conspired with Doctor Vincent Esposito, to illegally distribute the highly-addictive Oxycodone, to people Esposito never treated or examined.

A Superior Court jury convicted Raju after a trial presided over by  Judge Salem Ahto in Morristown. He was arrested in 2013 by the Drug Enforcement Administration. He could be sentenced to 5 years in state prison. He is expected to be sentenced next month.
Dr Pill Head

How thousands of medical professionals see patients

Daffy Doc Esposito, age 58, who once served on the Madison city council, pleaded guilty in December 2013 to Conspiracy to Distribute Oxycodone. The state of New Jersey Medical Board has revoked his medical license. The doctor has not yet been sentenced.

Here’s another look:

http://patch.com/new-jersey/wayne/jury-finds-passaic-county-doctor-guilty-conspiracy-distribute-oxycodone

Doctor Alexis Touchton-Williams Case: Supporters Say Verdict is a Travesty of Justice

Let’s take a moment for a brief look at the ‘how & why’ the case of Doctor Alexis Touchton-Williams ended up being reported on the Medical Miscreants website:

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Dr Williams: Supporters say jury did not hear much of what is known about the case

On Friday, February 6 of 2015 – 15 months ago – Medical Miscreants received a notice from an informant in Florida, that a woman had just shot her former husband in Gainesville. The informant told us the reason he was notifying us was because the woman was a doctor and she was arrested for Attempted Murder.

We published nothing. We are not a headline news generator.

As a matter of policy on this website, we do not publish stories unless and until we have at least 3 solid reporting sources verifying what are believed to be clear facts of the case. And in fact, we rarely discuss any case that is pending.  Because the facts were murky at best, we chose not to publish anything regarding this doctor, until far more was known.

In September, 2015 – 8 months after we first learned of the incident – we received a request from a concerned citizen, who simply asked that we publish her thoughts in an open letter to our readers. We believed the letter was well-written and brought up a subject which has been a major concern of ours for years: How is it that thousands of physicians can be charged with serious crimes, and still be allowed by state medical boards to treat patients, Before it has been determined they are not a danger to society?

And THAT is an excellent observation.

So any reader of intelligence can see the letter – and our publishing of it – had very little to do with the doctor in question at all. It focuses instead on the repeated – and to our mind, dangerous – position taken by state medical boards:

“How can it be possible that an individual can return to the privilege of treating the most vulnerable members of our society, and yet the body governing the physician’s licensure neither alerts nor informs the public. that this provider has been accused of being involved in a violent crime?

The secretive and protracted nature of the Department of Health review process is slanted toward protecting a physician’s image.”

Once Ms. Touchton-Williams was convicted, we reported the conviction. Our report included no critical commentary. In fact, we called the case ‘regrettable’.

This case has generated a significant response from the doctor’s supporters, many of which are every bit as thoughtful and incisive as the original open letter. Here are but a few, and they too, deserve to be published:

Gia said this: “Trust me, this man is scary. This is a case of self defense, with much more serious circumstances.”

“Let’s wait until we hear clearly both sides of the story before we prosecute her. Who knows what he had been doing to her physically and mentally? He could end up being the aggressor and she was really defending herself from his abuse. Don’t judge too quickly.”

M said this: “Life is not simple. Unfortunately there is corruption in the system all around us and law enforcement is not so careful when the husband has close professional and personal ties to those within the law enforcement community. The truth gets covered up and the story teller does just that, tell more stories. Gia is correct.”

And finally, Ralph Roland said this: “If you followed the trial, you had to see that the real victim here was Doctor Williams. There was a cover up by the police and the child protective services. I was at the trial and it came out that child protective services never investigated the many reports they received from 3rd parties. Alexis also made a report to child services. The jury never heard these details. Why did child protective services fail to investigate these child abuse reports? Some of the reports to child protection services were made prior to the shooting. The sources of these reports came from reliable sources. Could it be the Federal Prosecutor accused of child abuse had ties to the police and child protection services? He did work closely with both. Can you say, “Conflict of Interest, corruption, and huge red flag?”

Let us hope that the lady doctor is well-represented, and that – as you folks underscore – there are numerous grounds for successful appeal – if she is indeed not guilty.

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Serial Killer/Doctors: It All Started 120 Years Ago

So, 12 decades ago this month . . .

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Dr Henry Howard Holmes

. . . If any house in America should ever be legitimately haunted, the one located at 601 West 63rd Street on Chicago’s South Side, certainly could have been.

Before it was leveled in 1938, the building was simply known as “The Murder Castle” to the local folks. To this day, 78 years later, no one knows how many poor souls were murdered by the doctor who built the place and then made it a point to prowl the hallways. Investigators suspect as many as 100 people walked in but never walked out. Most – but not all – were women. It is believed that they were asphyxiated by gas, or choked or beaten to death. Their bodies were destroyed in basement pits poured full of quicklime and acids. Some of their skeletons and body parts were sold to medical schools by their med-school-trained murderer, who became quite the expert in profiting from the deaths of innocents.

And the expert? Well, he went by the name of Doctor Henry Howard Holmes, although his real name was Herman Webster Mudgett.

Holmes Murder Castle

The Murder Castle: Only the lucky guests live to check out

Seen from the street, what became known as The Murder Castle was simply a huge unattractive building that took up half a city block – one of the architectural monstrosities frequently found in large cities in the 1890s. But the interior – multi-floored with nearly 100 rooms; honeycombed as it was with secret passageways and walled-up rooms and doors that led to nowhere – was the epitome of a seriously nightmarish abode.

It is quite true – looking back – that Doctor H.H. Holmes is well-deserving of his rank as America’s first known serial killer. And the fact that he was trained as a surgeon merely made him a more efficient killing machine. Historians like to reserve the term “monster” for an especially nasty few. A human “monster” ranks above lesser criminals and lesser killers. A monster must meet certain spooky-movie requirements. The poor victims – for one – must be killed over and over in predictable ways; they must be numerous and preferably attractive females; surely the killer will do macabre things to their innocent bodies. The monster ideally inhabits a foreboding house. And finally, he should be some type of “mad scientist” working away feverishly well into the dark of night.

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Welcome. The doctor will be with you in a minute or two . . .

And it just so happened that the monster of The Murder Castle possessed all these qualifications and more. He was – they say – a surprisingly nimble swindler; a cheat and a forgerer. He was extremely well-dressed and always well-spoken. He pyramided money by pulling fraud after fraud on anybody with cash. Young, good-looking and funny, he conned business men and seduced lovely young women right out of their shoes – at least three of whom were unknowingly married to him at the same time. Holmes was a practitioner of hypnosis; a fancier of the occult; a devious liar; a skillful manipulator of surprisingly convoluted scams. But above all, he was a killing machine:

  • He caused the disappearance of a little boy in Mooers Fork, New York
  • He killed another little boy in Philadelphia with drugs
  • He murdered the widow Holton and her young daughter, too
  • He killed his mistress, Julie Conner, who was married to one of his employees. He killed her young daughter Pearl too, and sold their skeletons to medical schools
  • Killed his fiancée Emeline Cigrand and sold her bones to LaSalle University Medical School
  • He murdered his girlfriend Minnie Williams and her sister Annie, too
  • He killed his best friend Benjamin Pitezel and all three of his children
  • He killed untold dozens of hotel guests

All of this and a whole lot more, accomplished before age 35, when he was finally convicted and hanged.

The best guess is that Holmes’s murder spree began when he was hired by Doctor E.S. Holton, who owned a pharmacy on Chicago’s South Side. Not long after he started working there, oddly, Doctor Holton passed away. Holmes convinced the widow to sell the drug store to him.  Once the papers were filed, Mrs. Holton mysteriously vanished. Holmes told everyone who knew her that the widow had moved to California to live with relatives. Unfortunately, she left no forwarding address. He was as sad at her departure as they were. They all agreed she was a wonderful lady.

Holmes' Victims

He killed many. Here are but five

Historians now believe the Holtons were very likely Holmes first victims.  Oh, sure, he had been caught stealing cadavers while attending University of Michigan’s medical school. But those people were already dead. So after he owned the pharmacy, he bought the property across the street.  He told everyone he intended to built a hotel in time for the World’s Fair in 1893. And he did. He was really looking forward to filling his hotel with happy guests.

Holmes designed the strange interior himself. He had construction crews install secret passages, trap doors, a dungeon-like basement and torture rooms. Some of the rooms were designed to be air tight so they would function as gas chambers.  Others had metal walls and flame-throwers built into them to burn victims to death.  There was a crematorium and an acid pit for disposal of bodies.  It was all coming together.

 After the “hotel” opened, Holmes had to hire  more staff – nearly all female. The doctor had them take out life insurance policies, naming him the beneficiary. Most of his unknowing victims were blonde women with no local families. They were excited to work for the handsome young doctor. And he didn’t even charge them rent!

And then he started killing them, one by one. And the insurance checks came rolling in – one by one. Life was grand. The suits and  bowler hats he wore were made of the finest materials to be found in Chicago.

Alice, Howard & Nellie Pitezel

Little Nellie & Howard; Mom Alice Pitezel

The doctor particularly enjoyed getting creative murdering people.  And of course he had his gas chambers and ovens for disposal.  He frequently used his large, air-tight vault near his office, where he would send staff members in to gather a file, then lock them in until they just stopped breathing.  He used poison sometimes too, and when they were dead – usually at night – he would flay their flesh from the bone so he could sell the skeletons to medical schools.  The doctor soon discovered he could sell the organs too.  Anything he couldn’t use would be cremated or dessicated in the acid pit in the dungeon. After his arrest, police were horrified to discover his basement workshop splattered with blood and bits of flesh. He had shelves with bottles of poisons, acids and some truly nasty chemicals. He had a table “stretch-rack” for torture.

All gleeful endeavors must come to an end, of course, and Holmes’ days as a free man were numbered.  The smell of the crematorium had the neighborhood talking, for one thing. He left Chicago after the World’s Fair because he couldn’t afford to pay the creditors.  He put caretakers in charge of the building with strict orders not to venture to the top floor, or the basement. That’s where the torture rooms were. He moved to Texas for a time, intending to create another murder hotel, but he really didn’t like Texas much. He ended up in St. Louis, where he was arrested for a previous horse theft, during which time he got the idea to make money by faking his own death. But by this time insurance companies had noticed an awful lot of people had named him their policy beneficiaries.

Holmes’ downfall came when a former cellmate revealed that he was in Boston, where he was arrested on an outstanding warrant for the horse theft in Texas.  As police dug into Holmes’s background, they learned from the custodians of the Chicago hotel that they were never allowed to clean the top floor or the basement. The police investigated and found the macabre remains of Holmes’ victims.

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The wicked Doctor Holmes is not exactly the pride of the University of Michigan Medical School. Of course, they are the ones who allowed him to continue his study, AFTER they caught him stealing bodies from the cadaver vault.

In jail for over a year, eventually Holmes grew weary of the cage in which he sat. He knew full well he would never see daylight again. So he confessed to 27 murders. But because of all the missing person reports in the years Holmes was operating the “Murder Castle,” law enforcement believed the true number might be closer to 100-200 victims. He was found guilty of the 27 killings he admitted to, and was hanged on May 7, 1896 at the Philadelphia County Prison.

The doctor’s very last request was to be buried in concrete.  He was terrified that he might be dug up by profiteers and dissected after death. After all, he knew how dehumanizing dissection could be. It was downright Satanic.

Stranger than strange to the very end, the top floors of “The Murder Castle” – where the nastiest of deeds occurred – were destroyed by a mysterious fire in August 1895, a year before Holmes was put to death.

Just as strange, the last caretaker of the hotel committed suicide. His family reported to police that the poor man was “haunted” for weeks and weeks. He had to kill himself to stop all the screaming he could hear, behind doors where no one was.

And so he did. And that made the poor caretaker the very last victim of Doctor H.H. Holmes. He was murdered by a Lucifer in a lab coat.

For those interested, here’s more:

http://maamodt.asp.radford.edu/Psyc%20405/serial%20killers/Mudgett,%20Herman%20_2012_.pdf

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