How many physicians can be arrested in unrelated cases in one week? It seems the answer might only be limited by the number of available law enforcement agents.
Queens, NY, urologist Harry Josifidis, 56, was taken down yesterday at his Astoria office on the felony charge of unauthorized practice of medicine. Josifidis lost his license in May and was fined $20,000 after being charged in 2010 with 15 counts of professional misconduct, which included fraud and failing to maintain proper patient records. Unimpressed, Josifidis continued to practice.
A Delaware pediatrician, Melvin Morse, named one of Seattle’s top pediatricians from 1995-2007, was arrested earlier this week after his daughter told authorities she was punished by “waterboarding.” The 11-year-old girl said that her father would hold her face under a running faucet, causing the water to shoot up her nose, the Delaware State Police said. The punishments happened at least four times over a two-year period and the girl’s mother, Pauline Morse, witnessed some of them and did nothing, according to authorities. Morse specializes in near-death experiences in children and wrote a book about the subject called “Closer to the Light” in 1991.
Dr. Fadi Joseph Bejjani, 56, of Parsippany, NY, was already accused of performing liposuction, breast augmentations and reductions and spinal fusions without the necessary training. His license was suspended by the state in June after he surrendered it in February. Undeterred, he continued to see and treat patients. Bejjani was charged Thursday with two counts of practicing medicine while his license was suspended and is being held in the Morris County Jail en lieu of $100,000 bail.
Dr. Matthew Bennett,46, of North Tonawanda, NY, was arrested today by DEA agents on charges of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. U.S. Attorney William Hochul said, “The allegations are that Dr. Bennett would perform no medical examinations whatsoever for the people that he was giving these prescriptions to.” The government alleges that Bennett used his prescription pad like a checkbook and also swapped prescription painkillers for things like a gas grill, toilet paper and home services.
Dr. Eugene Goldman, 54, aka Yevgeniy Goldman, a Huntingdon Valley, PA, physician was indicted Aug. 2 and arrested yesterday on charges of conspiring (and violating) with the owners of Home Care Hospice Inc. to violate federal anti-kickback laws while employed as a medical director for the for-profit hospice provider, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. According to the indictment, Goldman was the medical director of Home Care Hospice between December 2000 and July 2011, during which time he regularly referred patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid to HCH. As such, he was paid $100 per hour under a contract with HCH, which was co-owned by Alex Pugman and Matthew Kolodesh, both of whom have been charged in separate indictments.
We have already covered the story of 2 more arrests this week of physicians Lance Wyatt and Adam Levinson who secretly filmed women in very inappropriate ways HERE.