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Georgia law favors public trials that are open to the press and public.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: 1444768 , Decision Date: 2014-04-30 
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Considering the seriousness of the allegations against a doctor in a medical licensure disciplinary hearing, there is a particularly strong need for an open courtroom.  Allowing electronic media coverage of portions of the hearing would “increase public access to the courts and openness of judicial [..] Read More..

Must cease and desist from offering or performing electrical contracting without a license.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Howells 
Docket Number: 1422681 , Decision Date: 2014-02-18 
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Petitioner denied insurance license based on crimes of moral turpitude.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Oakley 
Docket Number: 1412456 , Decision Date: 2013-11-25 
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The Georgia Department of Insurance was authorized to refuse the issuance of a resident insurance license to an individual who pled guilty to statutory rape and child molestation ten years prior to submitting his application.

Petitioner denied insurance license based on lack of trustworthiness and dishonest practices.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Oakley 
Docket Number: 1415046 , Decision Date: 2013-11-25 
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The Georgia Department of Insurance was authorized to refuse the issuance of a license to an individual who pled guilty to insurance fraud, identity fraud, and making false statements in the same year he submitted his application.

Repeated criminal convictions result in denial of Resident Insurance License Application.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Oakley 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2013-09-03 
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Petitioner was appropriately denied a Resident Insurance License.  He has been convicted of multiple felonies and misdemeanor crimes involving moral turpitude.  Current participation in Alcoholics Anonymous is insufficient to show continued sobriety or that he is trustworthy during periods of sobriety.

Respondent’s violations of a Consent Order and her opiate abuse show an inability to practice nursing with reasonable safety.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: 1344376 , Decision Date: 2013-08-26 
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Respondent’s multiple violations of three Consent Orders and her decade-long use of drugs provide grounds for revocation of her registered professional nursing license.

Teacher suspended for manipulating student attendance data in order to meet Georgia’s Adequate Yearly Progress assessment.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1330840 , Decision Date: 2013-08-12 
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The Professional Standards Commission was authorized to suspend Petitioner’s teaching license for tampering with student attendance data for purposes of meeting Georgia’s Adequate Yearly Progress assessment. However, the suspension was modified from one year to sixty days because (1) years have passed since the incident [..] Read More..

Drug possession conviction results in suspension, not revocation, of teaching certificate.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1338357 , Decision Date: 2013-07-07 
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The Professional Standards Commission (PSC) is authorized to sanction an educator’s teaching certificate due to a conviction for misdemeanor drug possession. Mitigating circumstances, however, justified a reduction of the sanction from revocation to a ninety day suspension followed by a monitoring period.

Nurse’s license revoked for failure to report a felony drug conviction.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Howells 
Docket Number: 1323993 , Decision Date: 2013-03-18 
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The nurse pled guilty to possession of Meperidine, a controlled substance. The nurse failed to disclose her plea to the licensing board within 10 days. The judge upheld the revocation because the nurse was “convicted”, even though she was afforded first offender treatment.

Gravity of offense warrants revocation of funeral director and embalmer licenses.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1316988 , Decision Date: 2013-02-27 
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A funeral director’s license was suspended after dismembering a body that was too large to cremate. In light of the gruesome nature of the alleged offenses against Respondent, the Court found the sanction of revocation was proper.

Judge recommends probationary insurance license to Petitioner convicted of 2 felony counts of possession of methamphetamines.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1311108 , Decision Date: 2012-10-30 
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Petitioner applied for a resident insurance agent’s license in April 2012. In 2006, Petitioner pled guilty to two felony counts of possessing methamphetamine. In her license application, Petitioner denied ever being convicted of any crime. The Judge determined Petitioner had a good faith belief that [..] Read More..

Judge denies insurance license to Petitioner who pled guilty to felony possession of marijuana and was arrested for nonsupport of a child.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Baxter 
Docket Number: 1321117 , Decision Date: 2013-01-16 
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Petitioner appeals Respondent’s denial of his application for a resident insurance agent license. Petitioner was convicted of misdemeanor criminal charges of harassment and disorderly conduct in 2002. In 2008, Petitioner pled guilty to a felony possession of marijuana charge. In 2010, Petitioner was charged with [..] Read More..

Real estate license not revoked in light of reputation for honesty.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Schroer 
Docket Number: 1316939 , Decision Date: 2013-01-14 
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Respondent ran for mayor of Covington in 2011. During his campaign, a young man offered to sell Respondent his opponent’s yard signs that were taken from yards. Respondent took the signs, but stated that he intended to return them to his opponent. Respondent pled guilty [..] Read More..

Speech pathologist’s license revoked after she was found guilty of Medicaid fraud for billing services she never provided.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1311110 , Decision Date: 2012-11-02 
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The Board sought to revoke Respondent’s license to practice speech language pathology after she was found guilty for Medicaid fraud (a felony) in 2012 and confined to prison for 10 years.   Respondent billed and received payments of $60,000 in 18 months for speech services that [..] Read More..

Judge denies insurance license to Petitioner who pled guilty to fraud charge.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Kennedy 
Docket Number: 1319705 , Decision Date: 2013-01-25 
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Petitioner appealed Respondent’s denial of his application for a resident insurance agent license. In 2011, Petitioner pled guilty to one felony count of first degree fraud. Under the First Offender Act, Petitioner was discharged without a court adjudication of guilt. Petitioner’s fraud charge related to [..] Read More..

Judge reverses the Department of Insurance’s refusal to grant license because of Petitioner’s guilty plea to battery charges.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Kennedy 
Docket Number: 1319840 , Decision Date: 2013-01-25 
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Petitioner appealed Respondent’s refusal to grant Petitioner a resident agent producer license. When Petitioner was in high school in 2003, Petitioner pled guilty to misdemeanor battery. The following year, Petitioner pled guilty to misdemeanor family violence battery, misdemeanor battery, and felony obstruction of an officer. [..] Read More..

Judge suspends medical license until Respondent complies with a Board ordered mental/physical examination.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Howells 
Docket Number: 1304265 , Decision Date: 2012-10-20 
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The Board sought to suspend Respondent’s medical license until he complies with the Board ordered mental/physical exam. Respondent operated a solo psychiatry practice for 30 years. In 2009, Respondent treated a patient for bipolar disorder.  The patient sought help for multiple issues, including her inappropriate [..] Read More..

Judge denies insurance agent license to Petitioner who pled guilty to two shoplifting charges in 1996 and 2001.

Topic: Professional Licensing, Decided by Judge Howells 
Docket Number: 1307722 , Decision Date: 2012-10-26 
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Petitioner appeals Respondent’s denial of her application for a resident insurance agent’s license. Petitioner pled guilty to a felony shoplifting charge in 1996 when she was 20 years old. In 2001, Petitioner again pled guilty to a separate felony shoplifting charge. She was successfully discharged [..] Read More..

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