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PSYCHIATRIST ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING AND FALSE IMPRISONMENT

 PSYCHIATRIST ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING AND FALSE IMPRISONMENT
 CLEARWATER, Fla., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Citizens' Commission on Human Rights issued the following:
 The Clearwater chapter of the Citizens' Commission on Human Rights and a Tarpon Springs, Fla., man have accused Medfield Psychiatric Hospital psychiatrist, Scott C. Permesly of kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault and battery in connection with fraudulent use of Florida's Civil Commitment Act.
 James Arnold claims that Permesly had him committed and held against his will, as well as the wishes of his wife, for four days in the Medfield institution. Arnold stated there was no cause of the incarceration other than the collection of thousands of dollars in insurance money and has filed suit against Permesly and Medfield.
 The Medfield psychiatric facility is an affiliate of the Psychiatric Institutes of America (PIA), a group currently under fire from the federal government as well as six separate states investigating the organization on charges of fraud through the misuse of civil commitment laws.
 PIA has also been subject to a civil lawsuit brought by the Texas attorney general's office for fraudulently billing the state's Crime Victim's Compensation Fund.
 Among the criminal charges being made against Medfield and Permesly are extortion and threats, false imprisonment, assault, battery, aggravated assault, attempted kidnapping, kidnapping and false and fraudulent insurance claims.
 Richard Tinkelenberg, Florida director of CCHR, said: "Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case. Our office has received hundreds of calls involving psychiatric abuses including false imprisonment, insurance fraud and over-drugging. These type of psychiatric abuses must stop, and any institution found to be committing such crimes should be shut down with criminal charges brought against the individual perpetrators."
 Ongoing investigations into the PIA chain have sparked the resignations of Roy Chernoff, Florida regional vice president; Ron Cronen, Texas regional vice president; Harvey Friedman, vice president for program services of PIA headquarters; and David Brockett, administrator of the Fort Worth, Texas, branch.
 The Citizens' Commission on Human Rights was established by the Church of Scientology in 1969 to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights. It is today an independent non-profit corporation in the United States with over 200 offices worldwide. CCHR maintains a toll-free hotline for Florida residents at 800-782-2878.
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 /CONTACT: Richard Tinkelenberg of the Citizens' Commission on Human Rights, 813-443-3355/ CO: Citizens' Commission on Human Rights ST: Florida IN: SU:


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