November 3, 2011 |
A FOURTH defendant charged in the abortion-horror case - known as "Dr. Steve" at Kermit Gosnell's former clinic - is expected to plead guilty during a court hearing scheduled for today. Steven Massof, 49, a medical school graduate who never obtained a medical license or certification, faces a status hearing before Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner, the same judge who accepted guilty pleas last month from three of the case's 10 defendants. Massof, of Pittsburgh, was employed from 2003 to 2008 at the West Philadelphia clinic and is charged with numerous crimes, including the murder of two viable babies born alive at the clinic.
March 2, 2010 |
The problems continue to mount for Kermit B. Gosnell, the local abortion doctor who's been linked to the deaths of two women. Gosnell's medical license could be suspended today in Delaware where, an official said, he's been licensed as a physician since 1994. Last week, Pennsylvania authorities suspended his state medical license for 30 days and labeled his West Philadelphia clinic a "clear danger to the public" after investigators found blood-stained floors and jars of fetus remains inside the clinic.
February 3, 2011 |
After more than 51/2 hours of deliberations Wednesday, a Chester County court jury convicted a Strafford man of running a narcotics mill from his Tredyffrin Township home office. Richard A. Brown, 67, was found guilty of all 16 counts of illicit drug sales by the jury of seven men and five women. Brown, who has battled the joint prosecution by the offices of the state attorney general and the Chester County district attorney for 31/2 years, watched without showing any emotion as the verdict was read.
June 23, 1994 |
A Center City physician was charged yesterday in a 200-count indictment for allegedly filing more than $1 million in phony insurance claims for procedures he never performed. Richard Joseph Kones, 53, was arrested last month at his office at 1525 Locust St. following an undercover investigation prompted by a former patient who had accused him of cheating her insurer. Kones, in custody pending trial, faces prison sentences totaling 1,000 years, five years on each count, and substantial fines if convicted.
June 2, 2007 |
On a leafy, well-traveled Tredyffrin Township thoroughfare, a sign in front of Richard A. Brown's split-level home identifies him as a practitioner of general medicine. And practice he did for 22 years, but only with a fraudulently obtained license, prosecutors say. In a blistering, newly released 17-page report, a Chester County grand jury declares him to be a fraud who never had a legitimate medical license, but nevertheless worked in area hospitals and illegally prescribed painkillers and other drugs.
May 7, 1993 |
A Williamstown physician faces possible revocation of his medical license after being sentenced yesterday to four years' probation for fondling an 11- year-old boy who was a family friend but not a patient. The state Attorney General's Office has begun an investigation into whether Richard D. Bartucci's criminal conviction warrants the revocation of his medical license or would necessitate restrictions on his ability to practice in New Jersey, state and local sources said. Bartucci, 40, an osteopathic physician who operates a family practice from an office next to his home on North Main Street, pleaded guilty in Gloucester County Court on March 29 to one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
June 21, 2002 |
A remorseless Richard Paolino, the Bucks County doctor who trafficked in OxyContin to ease the pain of bankruptcy, was sent to prison yesterday for at least 30 years. For Paolino, 59, it was essentially a life term, barring a successful appeal or an extended run of good health. "He will die in prison," prosecutor Gary Gambardella predicted after Judge David W. Heckler sentenced Paolino in Bucks County Court. Smiling broadly, Gambardella called it "an absolutely great sentence," adding that Paolino had "earned every day of it. " Paolino, once considered the area's top supplier of illicitly prescribed OxyContin, recklessly approved the use of it and other drugs by hundreds of patients who did not need them, prosecutors said - even after he lost his medical license in November 2000.
June 30, 1989 |
Former Main Line neurosurgeon Samuel S. Lyness has won a legal skirmish in his bid to recover his medical license, but his bigger battle with the state's Board of Medicine over charges that he sexually abused several female patients is likely to continue. Although Lyness, 56, was acquitted of assault charges in two separate criminal trials, the medical board voted 5-1 last year to revoke his license. In an opinion issued yesterday, Commonwealth Court threw out the board's decision, but sent the Lyness case back to the board for additional proceedings.
June 25, 2010
A retired Manayunk physician will face trial on rape and related charges in an alleged assault on a 16-year-old girl, one of a group of teens who police say the doctor invited to parties at his house where alcohol and drugs were available. Tawfik Nakishbendi, 61, was held for trial by Senior Common Pleas Court Judge Sheldon C. Jelin following a preliminary hearing Friday in Family Court. Assistant District Attorney Erin O'Brien said Nakishbendi was held on 14 of the 17 charges on which he was arrested April 22; counts of aggravated and simple assault and terroristic threats were dismissed.