January 18, 2012 |
A Center City dentist and his daughter have been charged with billing insurance companies for almost $5 million in fraudulent medical bills through the pain management clinic they operate together. Owen Rogal, 71, who has been living and working in Center City for decades, runs the Pain Center at 12th and Lombard Streets. His 50-year-old daughter, Kim Rogal, of Delaware, works there as an office manager. Since mid-2002, District Attorney Seth Williams said Wednesday, the Rogals have repeatedly billed 15 insurance companies $4,800 for a procedure that costs $800 at the most.
November 18, 2011 |
A Delaware County dentist, who authorities say hasn't filed a legitimate tax return since 1991, has been sentenced to six years in a federal lockup. A jury convicted Richard P. Kaufman, 61, who represented himself, in August in a scheme to obstruct or impede the administration of federal income tax laws, false claims and failure to file returns. Authorities said the Ivy League-educated Kaufman attempted to hide his income from the IRS by transferring his house into a bogus trust, frequently changing the bank into which he deposited his business receipts, and submitting $10 million in phony documents to the IRS that he said were "bonded promissory notes.
August 12, 2011 |
Alan Bernard Hinerfeld, 75, formerly of Center City, a retired pediatric dentist and an accomplished photographer, died of leukemia Saturday, July 30, at Ivy Ridge Retirement Home in Sacramento, Calif. Dr. Hinerfeld grew up in West Oak Lane and graduated from Central High School in 1953. He considered becoming a rabbi, said his daughter, Laura, and studied Judaism at Gratz College. He then attended Temple University and earned a dental degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964.
August 2, 2011 |
After four days of testimony, it took a federal jury about an hour Monday to convict a dentist who the government said had not filed an accurate tax return since 1992. Richard P. Kaufman, 61, who had a practice in Newtown Square, was immediately incarcerated pending sentencing in November before U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez. Kaufman faces 33 to 41 months for failing to file tax returns, attempting to obstruct the IRS, and filing false claims. Earlier, he told the jurors that he did not intentionally break the law, and that they had to decide whether "I'm a reasonable man who made some decisions that the government thinks are criminal, despite my thinking that I did the right thing.
August 1, 2011 |
An Ivy-League educated Newtown Square dentist was convicted by a federal jury this afternoon of failing to file tax returns, attempting to obstruct the IRS and filing false claims. Richard Philip Kaufman, 61, of Glen Mills, potentially faces 33-41 months in a federal lockup under preliminary advisory sentencing guidelines. U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez set sentencing for Nov. 7. Kaufman, who had been free on bail, was taken into custody immediately after the verdict. Federal prosecutors said Kaufman had not filed a "true and accurate" federal tax return since 1992, except for an allegedly bogus one in 2008.
June 24, 2011
Harry Field, 91, a dentist in Northeast Philadelphia for more than 40 years, died of cancer Wednesday, May 11, at McKnight Place Extended Care in St. Louis. Dr. Field opened a dental office in Frankford in 1948 and opened a second office in the Summerdale section of Philadelphia in 1951. After several years, he closed the Frankford office. He practiced in Summerdale until he was in his early 70s. Dr. Field grew up in Overbrook Park, graduated from Overbrook High School, and attended what is now La Salle University.
June 16, 2011 |
A Cherry Hill dentist who called himself "Amorous Stallion" online was convicted Wednesday of trying to arrange a tryst with someone he thought was a 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl, authorities said. In 2008, Jon J. Lackner began to woo a person he believed was a girl he met in an Internet chat room, said U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger. The girl actually was an undercover Bensalem police officer, Memeger said. According to court records, Lackner sent a disposable cellphone and lewd videos of himself, and asked if the girl would perform oral sex. In March 2009, he arranged a meeting at a Bensalem video store for dinner and sex. When he arrived, he was surrounded by police.
June 15, 2011 |
A Cherry Hill dentist, who called himself "Amorous Stallion," online was convicted Wednesday for trying to arrange a tryst with a 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl, authorities said. In 2008, Dr. Jon. J. Lackner began to woo the 'girl,' actually an undercover Bensalem police officer, who he'd met in an Internet chat room, said U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger. According to court records, Lackner sent her a disposable cellphone, lewd videos of himself, and asked if she would perform oral sex. In March 2009, he arranged to meet her at a Bensalem video store for dinner and sex. When he arrived, he was surrounded by police.
June 9, 2011 |
LONG POND, Pa. - Though he hasn't worked there for 51 years, hasn't lived there for decades, Doc Mattioli still owns a home in Northeast Philadelphia. For Mattioli, 85, Pocono Raceway's founder, that house at 7914 Castor Ave. remains a brick shrine. On Oct. 3, 1960, after one-too-many morning-to-midnight work days, one-too-many Parliaments, the successful dentist suffered a breakdown. Snapping his cigarettes in two as he dissolved into tears, he vowed to change. He hung up his dental gown, aligned his instruments neatly on a sterilized tray, and, at 34, walked away from his profession.
June 3, 2011 |
Aside from a colorful stack of magazines, a TV in the corner, and a touch of Muzak for ambience, doctors' offices have never been known for their design IQ. In fact, the nicest thing you might call them is, well, sterile. And although hospitals have invested in good design for many years now, individual medical professionals are giving aesthetics a second opinion, too, recognizing that a well-designed space can calm nerves and ease anxiety - as well as attract new patients. That means considering an MRI patient's point of view (and installing LED lights on the ceiling for entertainment)