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:


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.


Nurse Practitioner Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

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Jeffer Ymson Sabino, a former nurse practitioner and registered nurse, was sentenced last week to 10 years in state prison for inappropriately touching seven female patients during examinations at a small clinic in Avenal.

A Kings County Superior Court judge announced the sentence on April 26, 2016. In March 2016, Sabino plead no contest to seven counts of sexual battery.

Sabino was arrested in August 2013 and charged with more than 30 counts of sexual battery and forced penetration. His nurse practitioner and registered nurse licenses have been suspended by court order since September 2013. The California Board of Registered Nursing will now seek permanent revocation of the licenses.

The sentence was the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation Central Valley Field Office, the Avenal Police Department and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.


RN Pleads Guilty to Illegal Possession of Controlled Substances

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Registered Nurse Tamara Maxine Smith, of Mammoth Lakes, pleaded guilty this week to one misdemeanor count of illegally possessing controlled substances.

As part of Smith’s plea agreement with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office, four felony charges including embezzlement and obtaining controlled substances by fraud were dismissed.  Smith entered her guilty plea on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

The plea was the result of an investigation led by the Investigation and Enforcement Unit’s Central Valley Field Office of the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation on behalf of the Board of Registered Nursing.

The investigation was initiated after it was discovered that Smith, who worked as a registered nurse in the emergency department at Mammoth Hospital, had removed controlled substances, but failed to account for their disposition.

During August of 2013, Smith obtained controlled substances including Dilaudid, Fentanyl, Versed and ketamine, which were supposed to be administered to patients. However, Smith failed to account for disposition of these dangerous drugs.  The hospital requested that Smith submit to a drug screen and she was terminated after her test results returned positive for codeine, morphine and hydromorphone (Dilaudid).

Smith has a prior disciplinary history with the Board of Registered Nursing and previously received probation for writing fraudulent prescriptions to obtain narcotics for her own use.

The Board of Registered Nursing filed an accusation against Smith, which resulted in the surrender of her license effective July 27, 2015.

The accusation and decision can found at http://rn.ca.gov/public/rn348483.pdf.


Former Registered Nurse Sentenced to Jail, Probation

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FRESNO – A former Registered Nurse has been sentenced in Fresno County Superior Court to 40 months in jail, and will be placed on probation upon his release following his no contest pleas to felony charges of obtaining controlled substances by fraud, embezzlement and burglary.

An investigation led by the Central Valley Field Office of the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation found that in February 2015 Jason Burham Smith removed and tampered with Fentanyl and Morphine vials while employed at LDAC Vascular Centers in Fresno. Video surveillance from the facility showed Smith removing the narcotics from the narcotics cabinet, although he was not authorized to do so.

Last month, Smith entered a no contest plea to two felony counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud, embezzlement and burglary which occurred during his employment at St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno. He also pled guilty to one enhancement count of committing a crime while released on bail in a previous case.

In March 2015, Smith surrendered his Registered Nurse license to the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) as part of a stipulated settlement. In January 2015, the BRN filed an Accusation against Smith’s license for failing to properly document the administration and wastage of prescription medicine and illegally obtaining controlled substances for personal use.

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Registered Nurse Pleads Guilty to Obtaining Controlled Substances by Fraud

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A Castro Valley Registered Nurse has pled guilty in Alameda County Superior Court to obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

An investigation conducted by the Hayward Field Office of the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation found that between November 2013 and February 2014, while working at an Oakland hospital, Miae Shin illegally obtained the prescription drug Dilaudid. Shin tampered with Dilaudid bags to remove some of the medication and then returned the damaged bags to the hospital’s medication dispensing machines.

On April  2015 Shin was sentenced to pay restitution to the hospital and to 30 days in jail, which she is currently serving through ankle monitoring.

The Board of Registered Nursing has filed an Accusation to pursue disciplinary action against Shin’s nursing license.  The Accusation can be found here.


Santa Clara County Registered Nurse to Appear in Court

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A Santa Clara County Registered Nurse will be in court Thursday for a hearing related to her 2014 arrest for forgery and obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

Registered Nurse Margaret O’Connor will be in court for a felony advanced resolution hearing, the last step before entering a plea.

An investigation led by the Hayward Field Office of the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation found that while working at a local hospital, O’Connor obtained blank prescription pads and wrote 68 prescriptions for her son, her daughter, her husband and herself.  She used the names, signatures, and Drug Enforcement Agency numbers of three different physicians in order to obtain controlled substances without their knowledge.  O’Connor obtained a total of 1,000 Norco and 3,290 Percocet pills.

Last October, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office filed 38 felony counts, and a warrant was issued for O’Connor’s arrest.  She was arrested at her home by the Campbell Police Department and was charged with 38 counts of prescription forgery and obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

On October 29, 2014, the California Attorney General’s Office, on behalf of the Board of Registered Nursing, obtained a Superior Court order suspending her license and prohibiting her from practicing as a Registered Nurse until her criminal case is resolved.


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.


Former Registered Nurse Arraigned on Felony Charges

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FRESNO – A former Registered Nurse has been arraigned on felony charges of obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

An investigation led by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation Central Valley Field Office found that in February 2015 Jason Burham Smith had removed and tampered with Fentanyl and Morphine vials while employed at LDAC Vascular Centers in Fresno. Video surveillance from the facility showed Smith removing the narcotics from the narcotics cabinet, although he was not authorized to do so.

Smith appeared in Fresno County Superior Court Monday and pled not guilty to two felony counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud. He also pled not guilty to one enhancement count of committing a crime while released on bail in a previous case. His bail was set at $190,000.

In March 2015, Smith surrendered his Registered Nurse license to the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) as part of a stipulated settlement. In January 2015, the BRN filed an Accusation against Smith’s license for failing to properly document the administration and wastage of prescription medicine and illegally obtaining controlled substances for personal use.

Smith’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 27, 2015.

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 The Department of Consumer Affairs promotes and protects the interests of California Consumers. Consumers can file complaints against licensees by contacting the Department of Consumer Affairs at (800) 952-5210. Consumers can also file a complaint online at www.dca.ca.gov.