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Doctor accused of sexual abuse receives prison sentence for fraud

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A doctor, who was accused of alleged sexual abuse by multiple women, was recently sentenced to prison for fraud.

Recently, a doctor accused of abusing many of his patients received a nine-year prison sentence for fraud and the requirement to pay $2.7 million in restitution. Although the doctor was charged with fraud at the most recent sentencing, the trial for charges brought against the doctor for criminal sexual assault are still pending.

An investigation revealed that as early as 2009, the police received reports for the doctor’s alleged sexual misconduct from 20 women. However, charges were not brought against the doctor until 2015. Many more women came forward and reported alleged abuse after learning the doctor was being charged for Medicare fraud in federal court starting in 2014. Although federal authorities were allowed to bring up sexual abuse claims in the doctor’s fraud trial, he will be tried separately for these charges.

Why doctors continue to exploit patients

Although this doctor’s case may seem significant, it is not abnormal for doctors to sexually abuse their patients and cause them undue harm. Many doctors continue to do so because some victims are intimidated, embarrassed or confused by what occurred so they say nothing. Some patients also believe that their word may not mean as much compared to a doctor’s.

In other cases, accusations of sexual abuse are brushed off by healthcare organizations or hospitals. Rather than notifying the police or licensing agencies, the accused doctor is quietly removed from his or her position.

The scope of the problem

As of present, not enough accurate data exists to determine just how widespread patient sexual abuse is. However, a year ago, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution launched an investigation in Georgia and discovered that two-thirds of doctors in the state were allowed to continue practicing after being disciplined for sexual misconduct.

After launching an additional investigation that involved uncovering documentation and tracking certain cases thoroughly, the AJC discovered that physician sexual misconduct is tolerated to some degree in every state in the U.S. During this investigation, over 100,000 disciplinary documents were analyzed to find cases where sexual misconduct by a physician could have occurred. In these cases, offenses ranged from bargaining drugs for sex to lewd comments spoken during exams.

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Would you recognize sexual abuse if you saw it? What would it look like? What should you do?

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NY doctor charged in serial sexual assaults on patients

A former New York gynecologist accused of sexually abusing dozens of patients, including the wife of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, now faces federal charges

By LARRY NEUMEISTER and JIM MUSTIAN
Source: Associated Press / ABC News
September 9, 2020, 8:04 PM

NOTIFIED: Jan. 8, 2021
Source: Associated Press / ABC News
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NOTIFIED: Jan. 8, 2021

NEW YORK — A former New York gynecologist accused of sexually abusing dozens of patients, including the wife of former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, was charged Wednesday with attacking girls and women for nearly two decades using the cover of medical examinations.

Prosecutors described the doctor, Robert A. Hadden, 62, as a “predator in a white coat,” accusing him of singling out young and unsuspecting victims, including a young girl he’d delivered at birth.

The federal charges will be the second time Hadden is prosecuted over alleged abuse of patients. He surrendered his medical license in a 2016 plea deal with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. that didn’t require him to serve any jail time.

Outrage over that light punishment built as the #MeToo movement gained momentum and more women told their stories publicly, including Evelyn Yang, who earlier this year told CNN that Hadden assaulted her in 2012, including when she was seven months pregnant.

Hadden was arrested at his home in Englewood, New Jersey, a community 10 miles outside Manhattan.

He pleaded not guilty at a court hearing Wednesday evening to six counts of inducing others to travel to engage in illegal sex acts and was ordered released on $1 million bail over the objections of a prosecutor who said he should be held as a threat to flee.

Isabelle Kirshner, Hadden’s attorney, declined comment.

One of the women who says she was abused by Hadden spoke at the hearing, and unsuccessfully urged the judge to hold him pending trial.

“I don’t think he deserves any opportunity to prevent justice in whatever means he could potentially do that,” Jessica Chambers said. “He has injured many, many, many women and he has to be held accountable for that.”

The Associated Press generally withholds the names of sexual abuse victims from stories unless they have decided to tell their stories publicly, which Chambers and Evelyn Yang have done.

Wednesday’s charges represented the second recent instance when federal prosecutors in Manhattan sought to revive a concluded sex abuse prosecution criticized as lenient. Financier Jeffrey Epstein faced federal sex trafficking charges last year after a Florida state prosecution and accompanying federal non-prosecution agreement was criticized as lax. He then killed himself in a federal jail.

Audrey Strauss, the acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan, said Hadden, had “inappropriately touched, squeezed and even licked his victims” and subjected a young girl he’d delivered as a baby “to the same sort of sexual abuse he inflicted on his adult victims.”

“He used the cover of conducting medical examinations to engage in sexual abuse that he passed off as normal and medically necessary,” Strauss said. “His conduct was neither normal nor medically necessary.”

The indictment said Hadden sexually abused dozens of patients, including multiple minors, at his medical offices and Manhattan hospitals from 1993 through at least 2012 while he worked as a medical doctor at Columbia University and at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

The indictment detailed what it described as the abuse of one minor female and five adult women who traveled from out of state to see Hadden. It said Hadden invited his victims to meet with him alone in his office, where he frequently raised “inappropriate and irrelevant sexual topics” and asked women questions about their own sexual activities.

Strauss and William F. Sweeney Jr., the head of New York’s FBI office, urged victims who had not reported their abuse to call the FBI.

Sweeney called the alleged crimes “just outrageous” and said Hadden manipulated dozens of women including several minors who had “no understanding of what to expect, what was normal and what was not.”

After Hadden’s arrest, Andrew Yang tweeted: “So proud of @EvelynYang – this guy belongs behind bars. Thank you to everyone who supported her.”

Previously, Evelyn Yang had called Hadden’s earlier punishment under the state plea deal, under which he admitted to forcible touching and one count of a criminal sex act, a “slap on the wrist.”

Hadden faces a civil lawsuit brought by more than two dozen accusers who say he groped and molested them.

Danny Frost, a spokesman for Vance, said state prosecutors provided “substantial assistance” leading to federal indictment. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is still conducting its own “intensely active” investigation into “potential failures by Dr. Hadden’s employer and hospital to disclose additional incidents of abuse to our office and to regulators when required.”

Marissa Hoechstetter, another Hadden accuser, has said Vance’s office misled her about the statute of limitations in Hadden’s case and was already negotiating the plea deal when she was still talking to prosecutors about testifying at a potential trial.

The federal indictment Wednesday “only puts into high relief the betrayal I and his other victims experienced by the Manhattan DA,” she said.

“I hope that through the course of this, the world will finally see the full extent of Hadden’s decades of sexual abuse and the institutional cowardice that protected and enabled him for so long,” Hoechstetter said in a statement to The Associated Press. “He and his enablers must be held accountable if we are to make change in a system that harms those it is meant to protect.”

Vance has defended his office’s handling of the case, saying his “career prosecutors do not shrink from the challenge of prosecuting powerful men.”

“Because a conviction is never a guaranteed outcome in a criminal trial, our primary concern was holding him accountable and making sure he could never do this again – which is why we insisted on a felony conviction and permanent surrender of his medical license,” Vance said in a statement.

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Associated Press Writer Tom Hays contributed to this story.

Would you recognize health care fraud if you see it? How can health care fraud lead to sexual assault? What would you like to see happen to the people who use the mask of health care to commit sexual assault? How can new technologies in neuroscience involve those who sexual assault? How can they use these new technologies to assault? Do these doctors get informed consent? Are you apart of a neurological experiment and don’t even know it? What roles do social media platforms like Facebook play in these new technologies. Many have reported being apart of medical experiments without being made aware: the Tuskegee men for example. Facebook has opened a neuroscience center focused on marketing.

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Medical Fraud in our backyard

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Fraud seems to have become so prevalent and clandestine one rarely notices it when they first see the signs of it. In fact we have been subject to medical fraud ourselves. Since the beginning of the fraud, in 2012, our health has declined to its worst state ever due to what we believe have been a host of subsequent misdiagnosis and treatments. Typically fraud involves some type of financial gain through over billing, billing for unnecessary treatments and procedures. The fraud can also include submitting false claims and attempting to defraud Medicaid and Medicare through billing. Medical professionals have also used their activities to cover other crimes such as sex crimes. These criminals are often looking for a means to get paid through billing some type of insurance company or government agency.

In fact we have documented a major hospital in Norfolk, VA, USA who used Chamberlin and Edmonds to falsify patients signatures in an attempt to bill fraudulent Medicaid claims to social security. We have documented that these same group of individuals have submitted multiple fraudulent applications and claims since 2012 in attempt to get paid through billing. They submitted so many fraudulent claims it sparked an internal investigation into their activities. These groups and organizations will sometimes use third party companies and organizations to force fraudulent claims through. These groups will often misinform or misguide patients in hopes of deceiving them for a pay day.

We have heard the reports of health care fraud and never thought we would see such atrocities first hand. What have you learned from these articles? How can these articles help you, your family and friends? Do you report fraud when you see it? Share your comments below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Massive Fraud: Psychiatry’s Corrupt Industry

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Click to watch the short Video: Massive Fraud: Psychiatry’s Corrupt Industry

Source: Citizens Commission on Human Rights

Click the link for this short but highly informative documentary. Many people seek hospitals for solutions to health problems never expecting to be subject to fraud and criminals. Why do you think such behavior is so prevalent in society today? What do you think the government should do regarding reducing such fraud and criminal offenses? Do you know of anyone who has been subject to fraud, abuse or criminal activity? Do you think they should be allowed to keep their activities behind close doors or should there be public access permitted? How could COVID 19 cases be subject to fraud and criminal activity? Share your comments below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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