Psychiatrist Michael Bengala suspended for involvement in "pill mill"
October 11, 2013
On July 10, 2013, the Medical Board of Ohio suspended the license of psychiatrist Michael C. Bengala, relative to disciplinary action taken against him by the licensing authority of another state. Bengala practiced psychiatry in Ohio unti December 2007, when he semi-retired and moved to Florida, where he worked as a psychiatric locum tenens until approximately March 2012. In January 2012, he began practicing in the area of pain management. On June 26, 2012, the Florida Surgeon General and Secretary of Health issued an emergency suspension of his license based upon his alleged involvement in a “pill mill.”
The Palm Beach Post reported his charges as: "Racketeering; conspiracy to commit racketeering; four counts of illegally prescribing a controlled substance; nine counts of delivery of a controlled substance; trafficking in a controlled substance; conspiracy to traffic in a controlled substance. Total bond: $630,000."
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