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Judge ponders sentence for dermatology fraud.

By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published June 7, 2006


TAMPA - Just days after Michael Rosin lost his medical license, a judge began determining how much time he should serve for falsely diagnosing patients with skin cancer and performing unnecessary operations.

Rosin's sentencing hearing was split into two parts. U.S. District Judge William J. Castagna is expected to recommend a punishment on July 11. Rosin could receive up to 10 years in prison for each of 35 counts of health care fraud and up to five years for each of 35 counts of making false statements in health care matters.

On Friday, the state Board of Medicine revoked the Sarasota dermatologist's medical license, nearly three months after a jury convicted him of collecting at least $3.2-million in Medicare payments for performing unnecessary, invasive surgeries.

Rosin once based a diagnosis on a slide sample that was actually chewing gum instead of human tissue, the FBI found.

Tampa police detective breaks ankle rappelling

TAMPA - Police Detective Randy Camp broke his ankle rappelling from a helicopters during a training exercise Tuesday.

Members of the 25-person SWAT unit do about two helicopter rappels a year, Sgt. Carson Helms said.

The practice prepares them in the event they have to intervene in high-risk situations. Helms couldn't recall anyone having to use the maneuvers on the job.