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May 29, 2015

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Las Vegas physician assistant among those disciplined by medical board

A physician assistant who made some big money selling controlled substances in a drug scheme in Las Vegas has been fined $5,200 by the state Medical Examiners.

The board placed Alfredo A. Hibbert on 36 months probation and he is prohibited from dispensing drugs for 12 months.

The complaint said Hibbert, who worked at Family Practice and Injury Recovery, entered into a plan with Nicholas Karel who would supply false names and identifications.

Hibbert was accused of fraudulently creating charts for 13 fictitious patients and writing the prescriptions. The complaint said Hibbert from June 2010 to June 2011 provided Karel with an estimated 2,000 prescriptions and was paid $150 per prescription.

The prescriptions were not authorized by supervising physician Theodore Thorp.

Hibbert is required to report the settlement with the examiners board to his supervising physicians; he is issued a public reprimand and must reimburse the board $3,231 for the cost of the investigation.

The settlement was approved by the board Friday and posted on its website Monday.

In another case, physician assistant Cathaline Pearson of Las Vegas was charged with issuing drugs three times to her boyfriend without approval. She was ordered to reimburse the board $814 to cover the cost of the investigation and was required to maintain accurate medical records.

The board fined Dr. Steven V. Kozmary $500 and ordered him to take five hours of training in maintaining medical records.

Kozmary was accused by the federal government of overbilling it $1 million in such programs as Medicare. He agreed to refund the money.

He denied the allegations in the board’s complaint but agreed to settle the case and to keep accurate and complete medical records. The agreement dismissed one count that he brought “the medical profession into disrepute.”

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