Pulaski County Doctor Pleads Guilty To Health Care Fraud

Feb 22, 2008 Full story: WRC Washington DC Channel 4 23

A Pulaski County doctor has pleaded guilty to federal charges of defrauding Medicare and Medicaid. via WRC Washington DC Channel 4

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Linda S Cheek MD

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#1 Feb 24, 2008
I find it very interesting, but a serious mark of our society today that in 2007, when I offered free homeopathic medicine to anyone suffering trauma from the VA tech incident that I got absolutely no mention at all in the press or on the news. But something they can report that is bad, and a Channel 7 news van is outside my office the next day.
I give God the credit for what is happening, through the expert and caring work of my lawyer, John Lichtenstein of Roanoke Virginia. Good shall prevail over evil. God is in control. He has prepared me for this trial all of my life. For the rest of the story, please follow up with me after May 15. My office will continue to be open.
rich

Philadelphia, PA

#2 Mar 10, 2008
You pleaded GUILTY. YOU commited a crime. Of course this is news. As I physician I serve the community in many ways (teach EMT's, ACLS, serve as medical director with the local EMS, etc). I don't expect to see this in the news, nor do I expect that this should give me a free pass should I commit a crime and plead guilty to such.
Linda Jordan

Tannersville, VA

#3 May 9, 2008
As a patient of you're for many year and not for pain medication, you stole just like any other thief, you stole from me. Back in late January of this year I came to your office with a severe sore throat, you look at it and said it doesn't look to bad, never done a streapt throat swab, never gave me any antibotics, when going to the ER later I had strep throat. i also know you bill medicare during this two years of stealing, for a visit I didn't have but I didn't say anything. Your pain management is the cause of many overdose deaths in Pulaski, because a lot of the drugs are sold, and you know. As long as the cash kept coming in. Now you expect God to help, he will, until you got caught I never once heard you mention God. You are disgrace to your profession and should not be allow to practice. You should spend time in jail just like the other covicted of stealing. i should have changed doctors years ago,
lisa marshall

United States

#4 May 26, 2008
My grandmother really liked Dr. Cheek a lot. We always had a problem with getting Granny to like a doctor and when she met Dr. Cheek she felt at ease with her. At 87 yrs this was no easy task. I know that she committed a crime and should be punished as anyone else,but at the same time she must have a good heart to care for the elderly and make them feel relaxed.
Linda Cheek

AOL

#5 Jun 8, 2008
Sorry you feel the way you do, Linda, but it looks like a lot of sour grapes to me, after being discharged. My office has searched your record for the visit you claim we charged for and never had, and we can't find it. We have never intentionally billed for a visit that did not happen. I am unaware of a single person that has died as a result of my prescribing. And if people only knew about it, the alternative medicine that I do could identify and treat the addictions in this world. Hopefully someday they will know, and this court case might be the stepping stone needed for this information to get to the public.
Linda Jordan wrote:
As a patient of you're for many year and not for pain medication, you stole just like any other thief, you stole from me. Back in late January of this year I came to your office with a severe sore throat, you look at it and said it doesn't look to bad, never done a streapt throat swab, never gave me any antibotics, when going to the ER later I had strep throat. i also know you bill medicare during this two years of stealing, for a visit I didn't have but I didn't say anything. Your pain management is the cause of many overdose deaths in Pulaski, because a lot of the drugs are sold, and you know. As long as the cash kept coming in. Now you expect God to help, he will, until you got caught I never once heard you mention God. You are disgrace to your profession and should not be allow to practice. You should spend time in jail just like the other covicted of stealing. i should have changed doctors years ago,
Linda Cheek

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#6 Jun 8, 2008
As a colleague, I only hope that you are not ever in the situation I've been in, or other doctors in the country that treat pain. We should be supported by our colleagues, not ostracized. To reply to your comment, "People who matter don't mind, and people who mind don't matter".
rich wrote:
You pleaded GUILTY. YOU commited a crime. Of course this is news. As I physician I serve the community in many ways (teach EMT's, ACLS, serve as medical director with the local EMS, etc). I don't expect to see this in the news, nor do I expect that this should give me a free pass should I commit a crime and plead guilty to such.
melissa phillips

United States

#7 Nov 5, 2009
i know for a fact you are the poorest excuse to have Dr in front of your name. to this day my mother suffers for all the wrong medicane you gave her and her non alcholic pyshorosis she has thanks to you.she had a enlarged liver. the family seen it on xray you never did. instead your way of handling it was to mail my mother a letter saying as long as i her daughter was involved you wouldnt treat her. to late your damamge was done from to much of the wrong medicane. thanks so much for ruining her health.
Cheek stinks

Boiling Springs, SC

#8 Mar 1, 2010
good ol Dr. Cheek.....look doc you only made that $$$$ b/c you wrote everyone in "pillaski" county a 'script for methadone. you will get what you deserve... by the way, i think you should consider taking showers w/ soap. you always said you never liked to shower and made your own soap, blah, blah blah.... you stink Doc!!! all your patients that overdosed b/c of your stupidity...you owe apologizes
theguy

Free Union, VA

#9 Mar 1, 2010
i once went to dr.cheek for a back and sinus issues when i was 12 or 13 and i only needed visit one time.what she gave me worked for me and i never had a problem after that visit.the reason you people have problems is becuase your low life drug addicts that are pissed off because she probably wouldnt give you the dope you sought
if people died from taking pain medication that dr. cheek prescribed,its their own fault,everybod knows that pulaski is full of drug addict pill fiend freaks that will fake anything for some lortabs.thats the reason i left that shithole and will never return,too many drug addicts running around shooting up,stealing for a fix,taking every pill in the cabinet that they can.its becuase of you dope heads that the people who really need pain medication cant get it,and when they do they have to go through hell to get it.
Cheek stinks

Myakka City, FL

#10 Mar 2, 2010
theguy wrote:
i once went to dr.cheek for a back and sinus issues when i was 12 or 13 and i only needed visit one time.what she gave me worked for me and i never had a problem after that visit.the reason you people have problems is becuase your low life drug addicts that are pissed off because she probably wouldnt give you the dope you sought
if people died from taking pain medication that dr. cheek prescribed,its their own fault,everybod knows that pulaski is full of drug addict pill fiend freaks that will fake anything for some lortabs.thats the reason i left that shithole and will never return,too many drug addicts running around shooting up,stealing for a fix,taking every pill in the cabinet that they can.its becuase of you dope heads that the people who really need pain medication cant get it,and when they do they have to go through hell to get it.
man you need to get a grip.....just b/c you get a buzz off of Tyelnol....you left b/c you were scared!!!! not all the town is on dope, but i fn guarntee someone in your family is hooked..... think about it punk
theguy

Free Union, VA

#11 Mar 2, 2010
ha,i didnt leave that shit hole of a town becuase i was scared,i left that shithole becuase its a dope filled shithole and nope nobody in my family is hooked,no one in my family even lives there,they moved on to better places with less crime rates and less dope pushin cops and addicts
ONIT

Norfolk, VA

#12 Apr 6, 2010
I became aware of alot of people in Pulaski Co. taking a lot of precribtion drugs I never ask anyone where they were getting it, maybe I should have. But I know one thing they weren't writting their own perscribtions. It's all about the money that comes from someones addictions and that's the nastiest source of money of all. Anyone who is proven to have done it or pleads guilty to it should indeed pay the price in full.
WhiteWolf

Hardy, VA

#13 May 15, 2010
I've lived in Pulaski all of my life. A lot of good people still reside here. Dr. Cheek and one other Dr. here in Pulaski became famous for writing prescriptions to people knowing of their addictions. I speak from experience. Both of my ex-wives became addicted to drugs here in this county. My secound wife was addicted and had to have a operation. I personally went to this other Dr. and asked that no addictive medication be given to her after this surgery. To my suprise the OTHER Dr. not only gave her not 1 but 3 perscriptions of controlled medications. Needless to say I was extremely upset but what could I do ? I have had several people in my life that have became addicted to these drugs because of these two so called Dr's. I have lost 2 of my friends because of drugs and these two Dr's were the ones that started their downward spiral. I personally do not take any or will never take any addictive type of medicine. I only wait and hope that these people claiming to be Doctors that I have mentioned here and all the other ones in this area that are prescribing these types of medications will someday be locked away for good. It's a shame this town has recieved such a bad reputation because of all the drugs here. But it is true, Pulaski has one of the highest drug rates in the United States for it's size. I know this town will continue to die day by day untill it is only a ghost of what it was. Please keep in mind we as Pulaski citizens have the great Dr. Cheek and a few other ones here that has helped to kill our town.
stercus-accidit

Knoxville, TN

#14 Dec 13, 2010
Dr Cheek has treated me since she first opened shop in pulaski, she has always been very professional, when I injured my back at work she did not rush to write me narcotic pain relievers as people are insinuating, and the herbal supplements really do work for a variety of ailments, maybe she made a mistake or an oversight with her billing, but I'm sorry, this lady is not the ogre people are accusing her of being, I for one have the utmost respect for her and appreciate the care she has given me and my son. You're great "doc" don't let em get ya down,hun!
pamela altizer

Roanoke, VA

#15 Apr 25, 2011
i whent to dr.cheek my husband also we like her very much wish we could have stayed with here but we only have insureunce and she can't take it people need stop puting her down she's a good lady i'm sure alot people do things wrong and i don't think it was aall her i think it was someone in her office and she was helping to keep them from geting in truble mrs.cheek we loved you as a dr and we miss you don't let people get you down the don't have any thing better to do they done bad thing also they can't say they ant eveybody has done wrong ones in there live only gods great and don't do wrong.we know thati respect and appreciate all you done for me an lee wenewe come see youshe my made a mistake but i know all yoy people have made mistakes in you'r life don't tell me you ant lay off her she;s a good women respect people how you want to be respected give them a cance.mrs cheek i love you as a good friend pam altizer
lad 31

Pulaski, VA

#16 Apr 29, 2011
stercus-accidit wrote:
Dr Cheek has treated me since she first opened shop in pulaski, she has always been very professional, when I injured my back at work she did not rush to write me narcotic pain relievers as people are insinuating, and the herbal supplements really do work for a variety of ailments, maybe she made a mistake or an oversight with her billing, but I'm sorry, this lady is not the ogre people are accusing her of being, I for one have the utmost respect for her and appreciate the care she has given me and my son. You're great "doc" don't let em get ya down,hun!
Yeah, yeah. She gave you the dope you wanted and for it you're a happy man. Give me a break, pill head!
stercus-accidit

Knoxville, TN

#17 May 1, 2011
No, dumbass, read again: she did not rush to write narcotic pain relievers when I injured my back at work, which I wouldn't have taken or needed if she had,I happen to be a 61 yr old woman with a 35 yr old quadraplegic son I care for at home daily."pill head?" I think not,sir.
lad 31 wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, yeah. She gave you the dope you wanted and for it you're a happy man. Give me a break, pill head!
Elvis

Pulaski, VA

#18 May 6, 2011
stercus-accidit wrote:
No, dumbass, read again: she did not rush to write narcotic pain relievers when I injured my back at work, which I wouldn't have taken or needed if she had,I happen to be a 61 yr old woman with a 35 yr old quadraplegic son I care for at home daily."pill head?" I think not,sir. <quoted text>
If that Medicaid crook hadn't written me a bunch of unnecessary prescriptions, I might still be alive today. Because of Dr. Cheek, Elvis has left the building!
priscilla

Knoxville, TN

#19 May 8, 2011
Oh dayum!!! Sorry. Maybe she b doing the jailhouse rock for it soon. But our suspicious minds have her convicted already, im thinkin she must have a little goodluck charm to stay in business in the ghetto that is pulaski
Elvis wrote:
<quoted text>
If that Medicaid crook hadn't written me a bunch of unnecessary prescriptions, I might still be alive today. Because of Dr. Cheek, Elvis has left the building!
AJWK

AOL

#20 Jun 16, 2011
I feel sorry for all u haters when one day(god FOforbid) you get hurt or paralized or cancer or any untolarable pain that medications could help you for.id love to be a fly on the wall when crying from the pain and ask you dr. for releif.
ignorance is all ive read here today and really pitty you haters.linda cheek will always be a caring, and understanding indivdual in my book.
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