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Missouri denies medical license to doctor convicted in fraud case

Missouri denies medical license to doctor convicted in fraud case

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The board that regulates Missouri physicians has denied a medical license to a St. Louis-area doctor who has twice been sentenced to federal prison.

The Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts found that Rajitha Johnson, 56, formerly Rajitha Goli, did not present satisfactory evidence of “good moral character.”

In 2002, a federal judge sent Johnson to prison for one year and made her pay back nearly $650,000 from a kickback and fraudulent billing scheme involving a hospital in Nebraska.

The healing arts board revoked her license and gave her the maximum time she would have to wait to reapply: seven years.

Johnson was featured in a 2010 Post-Dispatch investigation into how doctors with felonies can move to other states to practice.

After her revocation in Missouri, Johnson worked at a clinic in Illinois, where she was still licensed. But she also worked for a doctor in De Soto who paid her illegally because she was banned from receiving payments from Medicare. In that case, she was charged with lying to a federal agent and sentenced to more than three years in a federal prison.

In an interview in 2010, Johnson’s husband said she planned to return to medicine when she was released from prison.

The Missouri board found that Johnson had also made untruthful statements about her certification in internal medicine to the Hawaii Medical Board in 2014 when applying for a license there.

Johnson could not be reached for comment. She can appeal the license denial to the state Administrative Hearing Commission by the end of April.

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