CONVICTED OF CRIMES BUT IN GOOD STANDING WITH DPR
Putting a Face on the Problem
by Carol Gentry
Complete article published at
04/21/11 © 2010 Health News Florida
It's not hard to find examples of Florida health professionals
who have criminal records but maintain a clear license on the Department of Health website.
Checking dentists and mental-health practitioners, Health News Florida
found nine examples. No special databases were required; the information was
free and available just by searching public web sites.
Here are some of them:
Matthew Reimer, a licensed clinical social
worker from Clearwater, pleaded guilty in December to possession of cocaine
and morphine. He was placed on 18 months' probation...
According to the DOH web site, Reimer's license is "clear/active" with no past discipline
or pending complaints.
Mary Centrone, PhD, a clinical psychologist in Fort Lauderdale,
was sentenced last September to four years of probation on a felony conviction for cocaine
possession. Her psychologist license is marked “clear/active,” with no past
discipline or pending complaints...
Mark Maggert, a Lake County dentist...
failed to file tax returns or pay taxes on
$900,000 income from 2002 through 2005... now an inmate at the federal prison camp in
Montgomery, AL, according to the Bureau of Prisons. He is scheduled for release in 2013.
According to the DOH web site, Maggert has a “clear/active”
license with no past discipline or pending complaints.
Julio Madrid of Pasco County, a registered mental
health counselor intern, was sentenced to life in prison in 2009 on
a charge of sexual battery on a child younger than 12.
Madrid, 61, is an inmate at Northwest Florida Reception Center in Chipley.
His DOH license is marked “Clear,” with no discipline or pending complaints,
and was listed as “Active” for two years after he entered prison.
Last month, when Madrid failed to renew the license, the designation was changed to
William Earl Hayes, a now-retired mental health counselor in
Miami, kept a clear DOH license with no discipline and
no complaints for a decade, even though the Florida Department
of Law Enforcement had him listed on its Sex Offender Registry
in connection with a case from November 2000...
He had been a school psychologist with Miami-Dade for 27 years when
he was asked to resign, he said...
but kept [the licsense] because
"it gives me credibility."
It expired last month. His listing on the DOH website, which says he is
"Retired" shows no discipline or complaints.