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Four doctors who were convicted of felonies

Four doctors who were convicted of felonies

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In 2002, a federal judge sent Dr. Rajitha Goli 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 Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts board revoked her license and gave her the maximum penalty: seven years. She went to practice in Illinois, where doctors don't automatically lose their licenses until they've been convicted of two felonies. She worked out of Trinity United Methodist Outreach Center in Washington Park, a place where she provided mostly charity care to poor people, her husband said.

But at the same time, she 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.

Before going to prison, she helped arrange for Dr. Krishnarao Rednam to practice at the clinic, said Goli's husband, Chuck Johnson.

Goli could not be reached. Johnson said she planned to return to medicine when she was released from prison.


In July 1996, Dr. Richard J. Leahy of St. Charles pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing child pornography. The Missouri Healing Arts board revoked his license. In January 1998 — two months after his release from prison — he asked the board to reinstate him and said he was going to work in a family practice.

The board said it could have denied his license, but issued a probationary license for two years, provided he did not treat female patients younger than 18.

He is now licensed without restriction, although he is registered as a Missouri sex offender.

Reporters could not determine whether he was practicing. He could not be reached for comment.


Dr. Dana McKinney's unfinished basement in Jackson County was no place for her children — it's where the family put mouse poison.

But between October 2006 and February 2007, she and her husband repeatedly banished his 5-year-old daughter to the basement with a cardboard box for a bed and a bucket for a toilet, once for a full week.

In May 2008, McKinney pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.

The Missouri Healing Arts board suspended her license. She can resume practice without having to reapply for it in three years or as soon as the board accepts an evaluation declaring her "fit to practice," whichever comes first.

McKinney could not be reached for comment.


On a rainy morning in April 2003, a nurse stopped along Interstate 44 to help victims of a car crash. She was killed when she was struck by a van.

About a dozen people called police, including a man who provided a full license plate number. Three days later, Dr. Luis Tumialan, 68, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

In court proceedings, he admitted knowing that he'd struck a pedestrian. In August 2004, a judge gave him two years' probation.

The Missouri Healing Arts board revoked his license in November 2006; he was reinstated eight months later.

Tumialan told a reporter that he pleaded guilty only to bring some conclusion to his case, and insisted he never knew he had struck anyone.

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