Law Med has learned that formerly licensed physician and convicted felon Rolando Arafiles died on January 30th at the age of 61. The cause of death is not immediately known.
Arafiles rose to national infamy for his role in the 2009 Winkler County TX Nurse Whistleblower Saga where two nurses reported him anonymously to the state medical board for shoddy patient care. Arafiles complained to his buddy, the county sheriff at the time, who launched into an investigation complete with search warrants to uncover the identities of the nurses. Sheriff Robert Roberts misled the medical board and obtained patient medical records unlawfully and was able to solve the big who-done-it. He then colluded with the county prosecutor and county attorney to prosecute the two nurses on trumped-up charges. Meanwhile the administrator at the hospital where the nurses worked fired them both for doing their jobs. The state fined Winkler County … (Continued...)