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: bullock.

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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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Ex-Physician Gets Prison Time for Illegal Painkiller Prescribing

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San Rafael man pleads guilty to illegally distributing oxycodone for cash.

Former physician Michael Roger Chiarottino, of San Rafael, was sentenced by a federal judge to three years in prison for prescribing painkillers in exchange for cash.

The July 19, 2016, sentence follows Chiarottino’s guilty plea to one federal charge of distribution of oxycodone outside the usual course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose.

Chiarottino was initially charged with 15 counts of distribution of controlled substances including oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone and methadone.  As part of his plea, Chiarottino admitted that on six occasions between February 12, 2013, and March 6, 2014, he prescribed controlled substances in exchange for cash to undercover Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents posing as patients.

On each occasion, Chiarottino failed to conduct an appropriate medical examination or obtain a sufficient patient medical history from the undercover agent to support a prescription for the narcotics he prescribed.

Chiarottino was initially investigated by the Health Quality Investigation Unit (HQIU) Pleasant Hill and San Jose Field offices of the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation after concerns were raised about his prescribing practices between 2010 and 2012.

During the two-year investigation, HQIU investigators worked with the DEA, Livermore Police Department and Pleasanton Police Department to conduct undercover operations and serve search warrants on Chiarottino’s home and business.

The investigation resulted in an accusation filed by the Medical Board of California in 2014, which alleged that Chiarottino had engaged in unprofessional conduct including gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, incompetence, excessive prescribing and inadequate record-keeping during his care of five patients. Chiarottino surrendered his medical license on June 10, 2015.

A copy of the Medical Board of California documents can be read here.

The Drug Enforcement Agency’s news release can be read here.

The United States Attorney’s Office news release can be read here.

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Chiropractor Ordered Not to Practice After Felony Arrest

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Sacramento area man charged with practicing medicine without a license and grand theft. James Joseph Martin, of West Sacramento, has been ordered not to practice chiropractic after his arrest for eight felony counts of grand theft and one felony count of practicing medicine without a license.

To read the full release, click here.

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Nurse Practitioner Charged with Prescription Fraud, False Personation and Identity Theft

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Mount Shasta woman charged with felony and misdemeanor counts

Nurse Practitioner Naomi LeGate (aka Katy LeGate), of Mount Shasta, was  arraigned on August 2, 2016, after the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office charged her with nine felony counts and one misdemeanor count for false impersonation, identity theft and fraud, as well as issuing fraudulent and forged prescriptions and practicing medicine without a license.

These charges came as a result of a joint investigation between the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office and the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI).

The investigation was initiated after the California Board of Registered Nursing and DOI’s Investigation and Enforcement Support Unit discovered that LeGate might be in violation of her felony probation from Santa Cruz County.  In October 2014, LeGate was convicted of identity theft and prescription forgery in that county.  According to her probation terms, LeGate was prohibited from possessing prescription pads and prescribing medicine to patients.

The investigation revealed that while she was employed as a nurse practitioner at a medical office in Redding, LeGate wrote prescriptions despite the probationary terms from Santa Cruz County.

Additionally, LeGate did not have a Nurse Practitioner Furnishing Certificate and was unable to legally authorize or sign any prescription forms.  All prescriptions issued by LeGate required authorization and a signature from her employing doctor.   The investigation found prescriptions which were issued by LeGate and were not authorized by or signed by her employing doctor.

LeGate was arrested in Mount Shasta on July 19, 2016, as a result of a no-bail bench warrant issued by Santa Cruz County Superior Court.  She will appear in that court on August 24, 2016.

The Board of Registered Nursing issued a Cease Practice Notice to Legate on February 23, 2016.  She is currently prohibited from practicing as a Registered Nurse or a Nurse Practitioner.

The Shasta County District Attorney’s Press Release can be read here.

 

 

 

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