New information is now being reported by multiple media outlets that the doctor pulled off a United flight on Sunday is a convicted felon.
The claim comes after video footage of the man being dragged off the plane went viral. Now identified as Dr. David Dao, 69, he claimed to be a doctor and refused to give up his seat, stating that he needed to get to work the next day and see patients.
According to the New York Post, Dao was a doctor specializing in pulmonary disease. He worked in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and in 2003, he was the subject of an undercover investigation. According to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Dao was arrested on “drug-related” charges.
He was later convicted in 2004 for using prescription drugs as compensation for “sexual favors.”
It all revolved around a male patient, Brian Case. Dao seems to have become enamored with Mr. Case and offered him a job. Case later quit said job after Dao made “inappropriate” comments. That didn’t end Dao’s interest, and he eventually arranged to meet with Case for sexual encounters in exchange for prescription drugs.
Dao and Case were both prosecuted for the criminal behavior, accused of obtaining drugs “by fraud or deceit.” Dao was convicted on several felony counts and sentenced to five years of supervised probation.
Dao was allowed to resume practicing medicine in 2015 after completing probation and undergoing several psychological evaluations.
Dao and his wife Teresa, also a doctor, were both on Sunday’s United flight and were asked to leave the plane due to overbooking. That’s when Dao refused the request and was wrestled off the plane.
The officer that pulled him off of the plane is now facing suspension, pending an investigation. United has defended that officer’s actions, which left Dao bloody and possibly unconscious, according to reports.
H/T: New York Post
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