On Memorial Day I sat on a park bench on Connecticut Avenue in Washington, DC. My mind turned to Memorial Day, 1916, one hundred years ago. I thought of the men wearing a suit and tie and a hat, walking on the sidewalk. Traffic would consist of a mix of motor cars and horses. The women would be wearing hats and white gloves, probably. My father was 9 years old. The Lincoln Memorial was under construction. War would come in 1917. Summer 1916 was the last normal summer. Everything changed after that summer.
June 3, 2016
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Michael A. Bogrov, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Psychiatric Institute of Washington
Re: Possible Medicare/D.C. Medicaid Fraud
Dear Dr. Bogrov:
I am currently in twice per week out-patient therapy with Richard Chvotkin at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington (PIW). I reviewed this letter with Mr. Chvotkin on May 31, 2016.
From 1988 to 1991 I worked as a paralegal at the D.C. Office of the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Effective October 29, 1991 Akin Gump (Dennis M. Race, Esq.) (202 887-4028) terminated my employment. The employer later alleged that its consultation with the psychiatrist Gertrude R. Ticho, M.D. (deceased) disclosed that I suffered from paranoid mental illness (“ideas of reference”) that might be associated with a risk of violent conduct. I later filed for and was granted (in August 1993) Social Security (SSA) Disability Benefits based in large part on the employer’s disability determination. SSA’s disability date is October 29, 1991, the job termination date.
In 1992 The George Washington University Medical Center Department of Psychiatry (GW) (Napoleon Cuenco, M.D. and Suzanne M. Pitts, M.D. (deceased)) diagnosed me with Bipolar Disorder and prescribed lithium for a brief time. In February 1996 GW (Dimitrios Georgopoulos, M.D.) diagnosed me with Paranoid Schizophrenia.
Comprehensive psychological testing performed by GW in May 1994 failed to disclose that I suffer from any mental illness of any kind (Axis I or Axis II). In March 1996 GW administered the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test, a measure of executive functioning. I received a perfect score, which tends to rule out schizophrenia as well as paranoid (delusional) disorder. Ibanez-Casas I., et al. “Deficits in executive and memory processes in delusional disorder: a case-control study.” PLoS One. Jul 2;8(7):e67341 (2013). I was not on any medication at the time of testing in 1994 or 1996.
In February 1999 Albert H. Taub, M.D. (D.C. Dept. Behavioral Health) diagnosed me with paranoid schizophrenia and recommended the neuroleptic zyprexa, which I refused. Documents I wrote to Dr. Taub prior to his diagnosis tend to show that it is inconceivable that a psychiatrist acting in good faith could have concluded that I suffered from Paranoid Schizophrenia.
My current Axis I diagnosis is Paranoid (Delusional) Disorder. I believe that I was a victim of job harassment at Akin Gump, a belief which has been described as delusional. I also believe that I have been under surveillance by Akin Gump since late October 1988, a belief which has been described as delusional.
My current medications are Paxil (40 mg/day), Buspar (60 mg/day) and Geodon (20 mg/day). Medications are prescribed by the McClendon Center (Nurse Sara Carroll), a core services agency of the District of Columbia. I previously took Geodon, Abilify, Risperdal and Zyprexa at therapeutic doses which did not affect my paranoid thinking.
I forward documents about my case that may support an inference that I do not suffer from any mental illness and that, therefore, PIW’s billing of Medicare and D.C. Medicaid for my treatment is medically questionable or fraudulent.
I invite PIW to refer this matter to the Washington Field Office of the FBI for investigation. I have addressed several letters to Supervisory Special Agent in Charge, Paul Abbate, FBI-WFO whom you may wish to contact directly.
In the fall of 1969 I was 15 years old, an 11th grader attending The Central High School of Philadelphia. One of my courses that school year was chemistry taught by Mrs. Ethel Fischer. In October 1969 the N.Y Mets baseball team won the World Series. Mrs. Fischer, who was originally from New York City, commented on the fact that the Mets were a young team but that they had secured their place in the sun. I always remembered that.
The 1969 World Series was played between the Mets and the Baltimore Orioles, with the Mets prevailing in five games to accomplish one of the greatest upsets in Series history, as that particular Orioles squad was considered to be one of the finest ever (and still is by some baseball pundits). The World Series win earned the team the sobriquet “Miracle Mets”, as they had risen from the depths of mediocrity (the 1969 team had the first winning record in Mets history).
Do you think Perry Rubenstein remembers that?
The ideal thing for a writer is when he has
written all day—with minor interruptions thrown in—but needs
to head out to a dinner party. He doesn’t want
to lose his momentum, but he’s also eager to meet
friends at the dinner. Half-way through dinner, though, he can’t
wait to get back. Yes, he loves his friends, and
company is always fun, but how utterly fantastic to get
back before midnight, and pick up exactly where he left
off at seven. Something someone said that evening caught his
attention. He’ll use it in the novel he is writing.
Paraphrases from Goodreads Q&A with André Aciman.
All her life Esther remembered an afternoon from her childhood.
She was waiting for her father, the person she loved
most in the world. When he arrived she rushed into
the warmth of his arms. Esther delighted in her father’s
laughter and tenderness, and his stories of exotic travel, of
trekking through India, of the beauty of the Taj Mahal.
One day, he promised, he would take her there and
they would see it together. Her father never kept his
promise, but Esther treasured the memory of it for the
rest of her life. It was imprinted in her brain.
Paraphrases from the PBS Series American Experience: Eleanor Roosevelt.
Kennedy Center, 1:00 PM
Adele used to tell a joke that she found quite amusing. Perhaps she picked up the joke at Temple Law School where she worked as a part-time secretary during college.
The joke: “The A students in law school become the law professors. The B students become the judges. And the C students make all the money.”
Interesting how Adele’s thinking paralleled Edgar’s thinking about academic achievement.
Patrick Fitzgerald, Esq.
Fond of pulling pranks, even in the courtroom. During a case against the Gambino crime family, he interrupted co-counsel with a playful note asking: “Is there beer in the fridge?” He also once faked an appellate ruling to convince a friend that the defense had won.