Simone Gold, MD, JD, who is Chairman of the Board of America’s Frontline Doctors, a right-wing, anti-vaccine group, pleaded guilty in March 2022 to one of five criminal counts against her in connection with her participation in the January 6 violent attack and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building. She also pleaded guilty to unlawfully entering a restricted building and grounds.
And that has led to her being in trouble with the Medical Board of California (MCB), which sets the standards for physicians in the state. And they are not happy about this one.
So, this article will discuss Simone Gold’s legal problems with both the Federal Government and the MCB. The MCB recently severely reprimanded and fined Gold for her January 6th activities.
The legal issues of Simone Gold
In June 2022, Gold was sentenced to 60 days in prison followed by 12 months of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Christopher R. Cooper. She was also ordered to pay approximately $10,025 in criminal monetary penalties, according to a Medical Board of California document.
Judge Cooper said that he did not believe Gold was remorseful, as she testified she was. He said he found it “unseemly” that she and her website, America’s Frontline Doctors, raised some $433,000 from supporters by claiming the court’s charges against her were politically motivated.
He told Gold during the sentencing:
Sitting here today, I don’t think you have truly accepted responsibility. Your organization has used your notoriety to raise money to garner support for you in connection with the sentencing and for its general operations by mischaracterizing what this proceeding is all about … telling your supporters that this is a political prosecution of a law-abiding physician that’s designed to threaten and intimidate any American who dares to exercise their First Amendment rights.
But Simone Gold has other issues. In November 2022, a “rogue member” of the board of America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) filed a lawsuit accusing Gold of misusing the organization’s funds to buy a $3.6 million home in Naples and three cars, including a Mercedes Benz, for personal use.
However, Gold remains the Chairman of the Board of AFLDS, and the organization has counter-sued this “rogue board member,” and the organization seems to support Gold, despite her apparent misuse of funds.
Gold is paying a big price for her participation in the January 6 attempted coup.
Medical Board of California actions
The Medical Board of California (MBC) has filed an “unprofessional conduct” accusation against Simone Gold in connection with her guilty plea on charges related to her participation in the Jan. 6 insurrection in the U.S. Capitol and her subsequent prison term.
The MBC’s accusation lists two causes for discipline:
- “conviction of a crime substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a physician and surgeon,”
- “general unprofessional conduct.”
According to the MBC code, unprofessional conduct is defined as that which “breaches the rules or ethical code of the medical profession or conduct which is unbecoming a member in good standing of the medical profession, and which demonstrates an unfitness to practice medicine.” I think her activity in the January 6 insurrection and riot by the right wing trying to overturn an election qualifies as “unbecoming.”
Of course, Gold has promoted both ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19 despite the utter lack of evidence supporting their effectiveness in treating or preventing COVID-19. She could be in trouble with the MBC just for that, but the MBC only focused in on her January 6 activities.
On 4 January 2024, Gold received a public reprimand in connection with the federal crimes discussed above. A public reprimand is defined as “a form of discipline that can include a requirement for specified training or education.” The reprimand referenced Gold’s federal conviction “of a crime substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a licensed physician due to her participation in the riot at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.”
In addition, effective on 2 February 2024, she was also ordered:
- To pay back the state $26,739.25 in “reasonable costs of investigation and prosecution.”
- Take “educational courses in professionalism and ethics approved by the Board.”
Gold filed a lawsuit against the MBC in October 2023. She claimed that its investigation against her was “a concerted attempt to revoke Dr. Gold’s medical license and officially destroy her credibility in the medical field in order to pre-emptively defuse her criticism of the CMB’s [the California board’s] role in the disastrous public policy response to COVID-19.”
However, this is not the only problem that Gold is facing. She faces a lawsuit from the family of Nevada resident Jeremy Parker, who reportedly died after taking hydroxychloroquine that was prescribed by a physician affiliated with Gold’s organization, America’s Front Line Doctors (AFLDS). The group has denied that it prescribed that drug to that patient.
Despite all of this, Simone Gold retains her license to practice medicine in California and also has a medical license in Florida, which is where she currently resides.
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