Thursday, April 8, 2010

Neither Doctor Or Lawyer

The web page of the Ohio Supreme Court reports:

The Supreme Court of Ohio today indefinitely suspended the license of [a] Youngstown attorney...based on conduct that resulted in his convictions on 98 felony counts that included aggravated trafficking in drugs, illegal processing of drug documents and practicing medicine or surgery without a certificate. Those offenses were committed in the course of [his] employment as a “medical assistant” at a Youngstown medical practice identified as Pain Management Associates.

[The attorney], whose law license has been under an interim suspension since his felony convictions were reported to the Court in October 2005, had been a licensed chiropractor for 20 years prior to his admission as an attorney in 1993. He graduated from a foreign medical school in 1998, but did not complete the United States Medical Licensing Examinations, and therefore was never licensed as a physician.

In its 7-0 per curiam decision, the Court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that in writing hundreds of  prescriptions for pain medications on a doctor’s pre-signed blank prescription pad for customers of Pain Management Associates, Theisler violated the state attorney discipline rules that prohibit conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation, and conduct that adversely reflects on an attorney’s fitness to practice law. 

In imposing an indefinite suspension as the appropriate sanction for those violations, the Court adopted the board’s recommendation that [he] receive no credit for the time his license has been under an interim suspension. As a result, [he] will not be eligible to apply for reinstatement of his license until April 2012.

The court's decision is linked here. (Mike Frisch)

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