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Doctor holds patient hostage until she pays her bill

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posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 01:36 AM

For several hours, the staff refused to allow her to leave, locking her in for periods of time, [her attorney Joseph] Fried said. They had her log into her bank records from a computer while she was there, he said. "They said, 'Don't you have anyone who loves you who can come and help you? Because you're not leaving until this bill is paid,' " Fried said. "They made her feel like she was a criminal. She was made to feel like she couldn't leave without something bad to happen to her."


This is amazing. I see the signs all the time that say Payment due at end or something like that, but this is a bit overboard. They got charged with false imprisonment.

News Story:

Staffers at a Duluth medical practice shuttered their office Friday amid charges of false imprisonment for allegedly locking a patient in a room when concerns arose about her ability to pay the bill.

Dr. John Drew Laurusonis and office assistants Leslie Ann York and Alexander Acquah of the Doctors Medical Center were indicted this week. The three face arraignment July 3 on the charge.


[edit on 25-6-2008 by jhill76]


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