- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 20, 2004

Sex ‘treatment’ billing gets doctor jailed

PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon doctor, who had sex with a patient and then charged the state about $5,000 for his “treatments,” has been jailed for 60 days and stripped of his license, officials said Friday.

Randall J. Smith, 50, told the woman that massaging her “trigger points” would ease her pelvic pain. The treatments led to sexual intercourse, and Smith billed the Oregon Health Plan for the 45-minute sessions at the Adventist Health Medical Group clinic in Gresham, Ore., near Portland.

Smith also must perform 200 hours of community service and pay $1,105 in fines and is on probation for 18 months as part of the plea agreement. He also turned in his medical license. Though he pleaded guilty to submitting false health care claims, a felony, Smith maintained the sex with the 47-year-old woman was consensual.

Adventist repaid about $5,000 to the state, a hospital administrator said.

Indictment of Enron founder possible soon

HOUSTON — Kenneth Lay, Enron Corp.’s founder and former chairman, could be indicted by the end of June on charges stemming from its 2001 collapse, sources close to the case said yesterday.

Two sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said federal prosecutors are aggressively pursuing Mr. Lay, and witnesses with information about him testified recently before a special grand jury probing Enron’s December 2001 collapse.

Barring delays, federal prosecutors aim to ask the grand jury for an indictment before the Fourth of July, the sources said. The sources said any indictment would include conspiracy charges of participating in hiding Enron’s true financial condition before its collapse into bankruptcy.

Justice Department to monitor primary

SALT LAKE CITY — The Justice Department says it will monitor primary elections Tuesday in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District. A department announcement does not explain why the monitors will be sent, however, only that they will ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act.

But the 3rd District is a hotbed of debate over immigration policies, particularly policies affecting immigration from Mexico. The Voting Rights Act mandates the use of Spanish-language materials when U.S. citizens try to cast ballots in that language.

In 2002, the department’s Civil Rights Division coordinated and sent 608 federal observers and 221 department personnel to 40 counties in 17 states to monitor 60 elections and ensure access to the polls.

Sold painting angers church members

DUBLIN, N.H. — The friends pooled their money and put a $3,200 bid on a painting at a church auction. Five months later, they put it up for sale at Sotheby’s in New York. The price they got: $489,600, more than 150 times what they paid.

The roughly 13-inch-by-11-inch panel of the Madonna and Child turned out to be the lost third of a 14th-century triptych painted by an unknown Sienese artist. It was donated to the auction by Jessie Hale, of Dublin, whose family had owned it for nearly 100 years.

Word of the painting’s worth has spread around town, and some residents say the buyers — Rick O’Connor, Roy Gandhi-Schwatlo and Dawn Ward — have a responsibility to donate some of their new fortune to Mrs. Hale and the church.

Mr. O’Connor told the Union Leader newspaper he never spoke with Mrs. Hale about her painting, and no one in his group knew its real value before buying it. He said he and his friends considered offering some of the money to Mrs. Hale but may change their minds because of the hostility they’ve encountered.

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