Dr. Arafiles arrested – Winkler County

Jailed and bailed as the person who sent he the link says…

KERMIT The ongoing saga of the whistle-blowing Winkler County nurses took a turn for the karmic Tuesday with the arrest of Dr. Rolando G. Arafiles on charges of retaliation and misuse of official information. Both are third-degree felonies.

Arafiles left the Winkler County Jail on a personal recognizance bond and had his passport revoked, CBS 7 reported. (Arafiles is a native of the Philippines).

Arafiles arrest results from the criminal investigation of nurses Anne Mitchell and Vicki Galle.

They were fired from Winkler County Memorial Hospital and were indicted and arrested by local authorities in 2009 in connection with misuse of official information after they sent an anonymous letter to the Texas Medical Board with examples of 10 patients they believed Arafiles had not properly treated.

Arafiles’ criminal charges come from the Texas Attorney General’s Office. In the arrest warrant affidavit, Arafiles is accused of giving patient information to Winkler County Sheriff Robert Roberts, Arafiles’ friend and also a patient, so that Roberts could investigate the source of the anonymous accusations against him. After determining the patients themselves hadn’t made the complaints, Roberts identified Galle and Mitchell as the whistleblowers, setting into motion all future events that brought national attention to the small community.

via Winkler doctor arrested | arafiles, winkler, county – Local News – Odessa American Online.

I had hoped this wasn’t over.


Comments

  1. IT’S ABOUT TIME!

    ?”The mills of the Gods grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.”

  2. westeasterly says:

    What’s really sad is how unnecessary all of this was. It should have gone like this: nurses to medical board- “He’s doing some shady stuff.” Medical board to physician “Stop it, seriously.” Instead we’ve got nurses up on charges, a physician up on felony counts…and countless hours of billable time for lawyers, not to mention lost wages for all those involved.