Registered Nurse Sentenced to Five Years in State Prison

Kelseyville woman plead no contest to three felonies

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Registered nurse (RN) Athina Cook, of Kelseyville, appeared in Lake County Superior Court on May 21, 2018 and was sentenced to five years and four months in state prison. In March, she pleaded no contest to two felony counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud and one felony count of causing injury while driving under the influence.

Cook was investigated by the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI), Investigation and Enforcement Unit-Sacramento Field Office.

DOI investigators found that while Cook was working as an RN at a hospital in Clearlake in November 2015, she diverted controlled substances, including dilaudid and morphine, which were purportedly for her patients. Cook was sentenced to 16 months in prison for obtaining the controlled substances by fraud.

In a separate investigation conducted by the Lakeport Police Department, Cook was found to have caused a non-fatal, head-on collision while she was driving under the influence and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Cook has been prohibited from practicing as a registered nurse since April 2017 due to her ongoing criminal prosecution.

The California Board of Registered Nursing will review her case and take disciplinary action as appropriate.

The order restricting Cook’s RN license can be read here.


FORMER El CAJON PSYCHIATRIST ARRESTED FOR FELONY SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

Man was also charged with sexual battery against patients

A former psychiatrist was recently charged by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office with felony sexual exploitation and misdemeanor sexual battery, following an investigation into reports of sexual misconduct.

Leon Fajerman of El Cajon, practiced out of offices in San Diego, El Cajon, Chula Vista, and San Ysidro. Between 2016 and 2017, Fajerman is alleged to have engaged in sexual acts with seven patients, resulting in a felony sexual exploitation charge, and to have committed sexual battery against four patients and a patient’s mother, resulting in eight misdemeanor sexual battery charges.

Fajerman surrendered his license to practice medicine to the Medical Board of California on May 15, 2018, following an investigation conducted by the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI), Health Quality Investigation Unit-San Diego Field Office with assistance from the Chula Vista Police and San Diego Police departments.

DOI investigators arrested Fajerman on May 24, 2018, with assistance from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Fajerman was released from custody on May 25, 2018.

Documents related to the surrender of Fajerman’s license can be read here.

The news release issued by the Medical Board can be read here.


Now Playing: The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (D.O.I) Video

The California Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) Division of Investigation (DOI) serves as the law enforcement arm of DCA.

DOI protects California consumers and licensees by investigating violations of California’s law, regulations and professional standards.

Established in 1961, DOI provides law enforcement investigative services that focus on consumer protection for the boards, bureaus, programs, committees, and commissions within DCA.  

DOI is unique from other law enforcement units because of the type of work assigned and how that work is executed.  Additionally, DOI appreciates what is most important to their employees and promotes a healthy work-life balance that does not include rotating assignments and rarely includes evenings or weekends.

Additional advantages of becoming a DOI investigator include:

  • A state vehicle for on-duty use
  • Specialized training and assignments
  • Peace officer safety retirement and access to 401(k) and 457 retirement plans
  • A competitive salary and longevity pay
  • Paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
  • Education incentive and career advancement
  • Comprehensive benefits

DOI is actively recruiting for positions throughout the state.

For individuals at the beginning or middle portion of the career ladder, including those considering a second career, DOI may be the right fit for you.

To learn more about DOI, watch the following video or visit their blog site at dca-division-of-investigation.blog.