Clovis Nurse Charged with Multiple Felony Counts, Including Practicing Medicine Without a License

PrintJennifer Steinbach, a registered nurse from Clovis, will appear in Fresno County Superior Court on December 8, after being charged with 29 felony counts. Charges include 12 counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud, 16 counts of making false statements in prescription records, and one count of practicing medicine without a license.

The charges are the result of an investigation led by the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation, Investigation and Enforcement Unit – Central Valley Field Office.

The investigation found that while employed at a hospital in Fresno, Steinbach allegedly obtained controlled substances including Dilaudid, Diazepam, Morphine, and Hydrocodone illegally.

Steinbach has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The California Board of Registered Nursing will pursue disciplinary action, as appropriate, against Steinbach’s license.

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Investigators Honored by US Attorney’s Office

Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation staff participated in joint ‘Operation Fright Night.’

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Eight investigators with the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation Health Quality Enforcement Unit were recently honored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and were presented with the 2016 U.S. Law Enforcement Award.

The investigators were recognized for their work on “Operation Fright Night,” which was a series of joint undercover operations conducted with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Import Operations Branch of the Los Angeles District Office, the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations and the California Department of Public Health.

Operation Fright Night led to the filing of misdemeanor charges against 10 Los Angeles area businesses for selling contact lenses without prescriptions.

Awards were presented to supervising investigators Jeff Gomez and Carmen Aguilera-Marquez and to investigators Jaime Sandoval, Majida Ibrahim, Tracy Tu, Bernard Lim, Caroline Montgomery and Max Degtyar.

The annual awards ceremony recognizes agents, officers and investigators with federal, state and local agencies who worked on U.S. Attorney’s Office cases.

For more information on the case, see the previous blog story here.

 

 

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Preliminary Hearing Scheduled for Capitola Unlicensed Therapist

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Christin Izett of Capitola will be in Santa Cruz County Superior Court December 12, 2016, for a preliminary hearing on charges of theft by false pretenses after she billed for counseling services that she was not licensed to provide.

An investigation conducted by the Investigation and Enforcement Unit-Hayward Field Office of the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI) found that Izett, a former marriage and family therapist intern whose intern license expired in 2012, continued to offer counseling services and billed patients for those services. Between 2012 and 2014, while working for a clinic in Santa Cruz, Izett allegedly misled patients into believing that she was a licensed marriage and family therapist and billed them thousands of dollars.

The Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office charged Izett with ten felony counts of theft by false pretenses.

The case was referred to DOI after the Board of Behavioral Sciences received numerous consumer complaints about Izett.

 

 

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Registered Nurse Faces Sentencing on Felony Count of Insurance Fraud

Deborah Oldham, a Burlingame registered nurse, has pleaded guilty to one count of  insurance fraud and will appear in San Mateo County Superior Court on December 2, 2016 for sentencing. Print

Oldham was originally charged with nine felony counts, including insurance fraud and obtaining controlled substances by fraud.  Her plea was the result of a year-long joint investigation conducted by the Investigation and Enforcement Unit – Hayward Field Office of the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation and the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation showed that while working at Mills-Peninsula Health Services in 2013, Oldham documented administration of fentanyl and midazolam to patients, which resulted in charges to the patients’ insurance providers.

Oldham’s registered nurse license was placed on probation last summer after the California Board of Registered Nursing filed an accusation that Oldham made unintelligible entries pertaining to controlled substances.

The Board’s accusation and order can be viewed here:

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Judge Suspends Modesto Nurse’s Ability to Practice

Central California Woman Charged with 11 Felony Counts

PrintRegistered Nurse Kalliope “Kalli” Casaday, of Modesto, appeared in San Joaquin County Superior Court last week, to face 11 felony counts of illegally obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

The criminal case is the result of an investigation conducted by the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI) Investigation and Enforcement Unit – Central Valley Field Office.

DOI Investigators received information from the Stockton Police Department, alleging that Casaday had diverted controlled substances, including oxycodone and Vicodin, while working as a registered nurse in the emergency department of a Stockton hospital.

During the court proceeding, the Attorney General’s Office, on behalf of the California Board of Registered Nursing, requested an order restricting Casaday’s ability to practice as a registered nurse for the duration of the criminal proceedings.

The judge granted the order and Casaday is prohibited from practicing nursing until further notice.

Casaday is set to re-appear in the San Joaquin County Superior Court on December 14, 2016.

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Former Registered Nurse Arrested on New Drug Charges

Woman was already in custody for violating probation

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New charges have been filed in Merced County Superior Court against former Registered Nurse Danielle Angelucci, of Hollister, after an investigation revealed that she allegedly stole fentanyl from a Los Banos hospital in 2014.

Angelucci has been charged with one felony count of obtaining controlled substances by fraud and one felony count of making a false statement in a record related to controlled substances.  An arrest warrant was issued for Angelucci, but investigators found that she was already in custody in Santa Clara County, after violating the terms of her criminal probation in that county.

Earlier this year, Angelucci pled guilty to two felony counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud and was placed on probation, after an investigation showed that she stole fentanyl and morphine from a hospital in San Jose in 2013.

The new charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the Investigation and Enforcement Unit – Central Valley Field Office within the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation.

Angelucci surrendered her Registered Nurse license in February 2016.  The Accusation and Order by the Board of Registered Nursing can be read here.

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Vocational School Owner to Face Charges for Fraudulent Documents, Witness Intimidation

Benard Thomas of Salinas will appear in Monterey County Superior Court on November 17, 2016, on two felony charges of filing false documents with the state and two felony charges of intimidating a witness.  Print

Thomas, a registered nurse, was the owner of TLC Institute of Nursing Education, which offered an unapproved vocational nursing program in Salinas. Thomas advertised that his program would allow students to take the test to become licensed vocational nurses and students paid up to $5,000 to enroll in the program. Because the program was unapproved, Thomas allegedly provided falsified documents, including training hours and employment verification, to the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians so that students would be allowed to take their licensure tests. During the investigation of Thomas, he allegedly tried to intimidate students from talking to investigators.

The Division of Investigation (DOI) Investigation and Enforcement Unit – Hayward Field Office worked with the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office to investigate Thomas after a student complained about Thomas’ school to the Board of Registered Nursing.

The Board of Registered Nursing will pursue disciplinary action against Thomas as appropriate.

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Unlicensed Accountant Ordered to Pay Restitution

Orange County Woman Claimed to be a CPA

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Elana Mae Mitchell, owner of HB Accounting in Huntington Beach, was convicted of grand theft and practicing public accountancy without a license on September 19, 2016.

The investigation was initiated after the California Board of Accountancy received a complaint that Mitchell claimed she was a licensed certified public accountant (CPA) and accepted $15,000 as payment to complete audit reports, which she signed as a CPA.  The consumer later learned that Mitchell was not licensed and the reports she had completed could not be used.

Mitchell was granted a plea agreement that included an order to pay restitution to her victim and she was sentenced to five years of probation.

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI). In an undercover operation, DOI’s Investigation and Enforcement Unit Lakewood Field Office found that Mitchell offered to provide public accounting services.  Charges were then filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Mitchell is currently on probation in Orange County for an unrelated matter after she pled guilty to felony counts of forgery and second-degree burglary in 2014.

Mitchell was previously licensed as a CPA, but her license lapsed when she failed to pay renewal fees and complete her continuing education courses.  In 2006, she was issued a citation for practicing public accountancy without a license and in 2010, her license was revoked.

The California Board of Accountancy Accusation and Decision can be read here.

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Nurse Charged with Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substances

Redding woman took opioid tablets from hospital.

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Licensed vocational nurse (LVN) Erin Bullock, of Redding, will appear in court on November 8, 2016, after the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office charged her with one felony count of unlawful possession of controlled substances.

The charge came as the result of an investigation conducted by the Investigation and Enforcement Unit Sacramento Field Office of the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation.  The investigation was initiated after the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians received information from Bullock’s employer.

The investigation revealed that while she was employed as a LVN at a hospital in Redding, Bullock removed numerous Norco tablets from the hospital for her own use.

Bullock was previously ordered to serve 45 days in jail for stealing medication from a patient while she was providing in-home care in 2015.  In that case, Bullock pled no contest to petty theft charges.

The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians has filed an Accusation against Bullock, which can be read here.

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Man Arrested for Practicing Medicine Without License

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A Bakersfield man was arrested Tuesday for the unlicensed practice of medicine.

The Investigation and Enforcement Unit – Central Valley Field Office of the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation arrested Alberto Gonzalez on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, following the investigation of a complaint that was made by a local news reporter.

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