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.


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.


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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Two Charged with Identity Theft and Unlicensed Practice of Engineering

Sacramento area father and son charged with felony and misdemeanor counts
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Igor Roman Kravets and his son Orest, owners of Kravets Development Group, in Carmichael, have been charged with five counts, including two felony counts for filing false documents with a public office and identity theft, and three misdemeanor counts for unlicensed practice of engineering, practicing a profession without proper license and false advertising.

The Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists initiated an investigation which was conducted by the Investigation and Enforcement Unit, Sacramento Field Office of the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation.  The investigation led to a referral to the Marin County District Attorney’s Office.

In addition to submitting plans for a building project, the two also advertised that they were civil engineers and land surveyors, though neither holds a professional license.

Father and son were arraigned in Marin County Superior Court on July 25, 2016.


Man Arrested for Practicing Medicine Without a License

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San Benito County – A San Juan Bautista man was arrested last week 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 investigated and arrested Slave Petkovski, also known as “Doc” Petkovski, following a consumer complaint that was made to the California Acupuncture Board.

An undercover investigation and subsequent search warrant revealed Petkovski ran a business in San Juan Bautista called Petkovski Massage, Fitness and Spine Center located at 301 Alameda, Suite J.  At the center, Petkovski treated patients using acupuncture and also offered chiropractic services, even though he is not licensed to offer either of these services.  Petkovski also offered a medical procedure in which he injected saline into patients’ spinal cords.

The California Acupuncture Board, the San Benito County Sheriff’s Department and Investigators with the San Benito County District Attorney’s Office also assisted with this investigation.

“Consumer safety is of the utmost importance,” said California Acupuncture Board executive officer Terri Thorfinnson. “Consumers need to seek health services from properly trained professionals who are licensed.”

The San Benito County District Attorney’s Office charged Petkovski with six counts of practicing medicine without a license and five counts of assault with a deadly weapon, all felonies. The bail amount was set at $270,000.00. Petkovski is scheduled to be arraigned on these charges in the San Benito County Superior Court on September 10, 2015.

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Santa Rosa Nurse Practitioner Pleads No Contest After Being Charged with Illegally Issuing Prescriptions

PrintA Santa Rosa nurse practitioner pleaded no contest last week after being charged with illegally issuing prescriptions to her family members.

An investigation led by the Investigation and Enforcement Unit in the Hayward Field Office of the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation found that nurse practitioner Mary Carroll-Ambrose, of Santa Rosa, wrote 48 prescriptions for opioid controlled substances to her husband, daughter and son. There were over 9,000 pills prescribed over a two-year period.

The pills included opioid painkillers such as Norco, hydrocodone and codeine.

As a nurse practitioner, Carroll-Ambrose’s practice and prescribing was supposed to be supervised by a physician at her employer, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, but her supervising physician had not authorized Carroll-Ambrose to prescribe narcotics to her family members and he was unaware of her prescribing activity.  Additionally, there were no records to indicate that Carroll-Ambrose had been treating family members in the normal course of practice at her employer.

The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office charged Carroll-Ambrose with four felony counts of illegally issuing prescriptions as a result of her writing prescriptions to her family which were allegedly not for a legitimate medical purpose and were not written in the usual course of her professional practice.  Carroll-Ambrose pleaded no contest to one felony count.

Carroll-Ambrose will appear in court for sentencing on October 14, 2015.

On June 15, 2015, the Board of Registered Nursing filed an Accusation to pursue disciplinary action against Carroll-Ambrose’s nursing license, which can be read here.


Undercover Operation by DOI Safe Medicine Unit Uncovers Unlicensed Practice of Medicine

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A San Gabriel physician and a Registered Nurse could face possible disciplinary action against their licenses for illegally administering Botox at a medical spa.

An investigation conducted by the Division of Investigation’s Operation Safe Medicine Unit found that a Registered Nurse was offering Botox, laser hair removal, and other medical procedures without the supervision of a physician, as required by California law.  Registered Nurses are allowed to perform some medical procedures, but only upon receipt of instructions from a doctor and within specific limitations.

Eastern Beauty Medical Spa, in San Gabriel, was owned by Dr. Edwin Choi and by Registered Nurse Lydia Perkins.  During two undercover operations, it was discovered that Perkins was conducting medical consultations, providing medical recommendations, and then performing medical procedures without having consulted Dr. Choi or any other physician.

In March  2015, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office charged Perkins with two misdemeanor counts for practicing medicine without a license.  Dr. Choi was charged with two misdemeanor counts of aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine.

The results of the investigations have been forwarded to the Board of Registered Nursing for consideration of disciplinary action against Perkins’ license. The Medical Board of California will take the appropriate action regarding Dr. Choi’s license following the outcome of the criminal prosecution.


Search Warrant Served on Grass Valley Psychologist for Alleged Workers Compensation Billing Fraud

 

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GRASS VALLEY – Peace officers with the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation (DOI) Health Quality Investigation Unit (HQIU), along with the Nevada County District Attorney’s Office, the Department of Insurance, and the U.S. Department of Labor served a search warrant Tuesday on a Grass Valley psychologist suspected of Workers Compensation Fraud.

Pamlyn Kelly, PhD is suspected of fraudulently billing insurance companies for Workers Compensation services that were not provided. The investigation was prompted by a complaint to the California Board of Psychology from a patient, who alleged their insurance was being billed for appointments that never occurred. The Board referred the matter to HQUI for investigation.

The Board has opened an administrative investigation into whether disciplinary action should be taken against Kelly’s license.

Investigators suspect other instances of fraud may have occurred. They are asking any patients of Dr. Kelly whose insurance was billed for services that were not provided to contact HQIU Supervising Investigator Mark Loomis at (916) 263-2585.

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