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Retaliation against Nurses for Whistle-Blowing

In 2009, a group of nurses filed an anonymous complaint with the Medical Board against Dr. Rolando G. Arafiles, Jr, alleging official misconduct. The complaint alleged that Dr. Arafiles used herbal remedies and tried to use hospital supplies to perform at-home procedures. The Texas sheriffs office and prosecutors then investigated the nurses who filed the complaint and charged them with felonies.

Dr. Arafiles retaliated against the two nurses for reporting him. On November 7, 2011, the doctor plead guilty to retaliating against the two nurses and for misuse of official information.

As part of his plea arrangement, Dr. Arafiles will surrender his medical license, serve two months in jail and be on probation for five years. Due to national outrage from nursing associations around the country, the Sheriff and prosecutor who improperly investigated, these whistle-blowers, are now being charged with felonies as well.

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