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May 9, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Pierce County physician’s license suspended over alleged threats

State health officials have suspended the license of a Gig Harbor physician who allegedly threatened to kill health care employees and bomb their office because their company, which is also an insurer, rejected some of his patient’s medical claims.

The physician license for Said Farzad, 63, was immediately suspended based on the charges that he made numerous threatening phone calls to Molina HealthCare in Bothell between mid-April and early May, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Farzad self-designated his practice specialties as psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.

On Monday, Farzad called Molina HealthCare four times regarding a medication denial for one of his patients, according to the department of health’s statement of charges. Each time he called he told the person who answered he would kill everyone in the office, and the fourth time he threatened to bomb the building, the charges say.

He was arrested by the Bothell Police Department at his office in Tacoma the next day on suspicion of four counts of telephone harassment, including a threat to kill, and one count of threat to bomb, according to the Department of Health.

Farzad was already being investigated based on allegations that he crossed physician-patient boundaries in 2013 with two female patients, one an adult and the other a 14-year-old girl. He allegedly gave both money and interacted with them outside their therapy sessions, the Department of Health says.

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