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Clark Kauffman

Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.

Nurse tells court Des Moines home for the elderly needs no license

By: - July 8, 2021

A central Iowa nurse has acknowledged in court she is exploiting a potential gap in state regulation by using two separate corporations to provide housing and health care services for the elderly in an unlicensed setting. City and state officials, meanwhile, say jurisdictional issues have prevented them from sending fire-safety inspectors into the Des Moines […]

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Bar association and court back doctor who says lawyer overbilled him

By: - July 7, 2021

An Iowa attorney and his physician client are battling in court over the lawyer’s six-figure fees, which an arbitrator found to be excessive and the result of “wasteful activities.” The case pits Mike Sellers, a well-respected Des Moines attorney who specializes in medical-misconduct cases, against a former client, Dr. Amit Gupta, who now lives and […]

Lawsuit: DM police ignored law requiring arrests in domestic-violence cases

By: - July 6, 2021

A Des Moines woman who was the subject of repeated acts of domestic violence is suing the city’s police department, alleging officers failed to arrest her attacker as required by state law. The woman, suing under the assumed name Jane Doe, is accusing the department and officers Rhett R. Routh, Robert L. Crouse, Eric S. […]

State worker who slapped elderly, disabled woman wants his job back

By: - July 5, 2021

A former employee of a state-run home for the disabled, fired for having assaulted an elderly, female resident, is fighting to get his job back. State records indicate that on the evening of Oct. 20, 2018, residential treatment worker Derek Krogman was in the dining room of a Woodward building, dealing with an 85-year-old, nonverbal […]

Small Iowa car dealer battles auto giant to remain a GM franchise

By: - July 5, 2021

A long-simmering dispute between General Motors and a northwest Iowa auto dealership that’s fighting to retain its GM franchise is headed back to court. The dispute centers on an obscure Iowa law that discourages auto manufacturers from terminating franchise agreements with Iowa dealers for breach of contract or poor sales, particularly if those dealers contribute […]

Mail-order pharmacy sues state licensing board over hormone sold to Iowans

By: - July 5, 2021

A mail-order pharmacy is taking a state licensing board to court in a dispute over the way it makes and distributes a hormone sold to Iowans. In May, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy imposed a $25,000 penalty against Texas-based Empower Pharmacy and placed the company’s Iowa license on probation for three years. The board alleged […]

Unidentified doctor who poses ‘high risk’ to the public continues to practice

By: - July 2, 2021

An unidentified emergency room physician who allegedly caused the death of a patient in 2017 has continued to see patients with no restrictions on his license while posing a “high risk” to the public, according to the Iowa Board of Medicine. The physician, identifying himself only as “Dr. John Doe,” took the Iowa Board of […]

Iowa nurse accused of running an illegal, unlicensed assisted living facility

By: - July 1, 2021

A central Iowa nurse is accused of attempting to exploit a potential gap in state regulation by running an illegal, unlicensed care facility in Des Moines. The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and the City of Des Moines are suing Sutton Senior Home, a corporation run by Anne Porter, a registered nurse from Ankeny. […]

Car dealer who defrauded customers sues DOT for ‘financial harm’

By: - June 30, 2021

A former western Iowa car salesman accused of theft and fraud is now suing the state for interfering with his ability to continue selling cars. In 2018, Robert Adams, then the owner of the Adams Motor Company dealership in Denison, was charged with 11 counts of first-degree theft, three counts of second-degree theft, and one […]

Jobless Iowans who contracted COVID-19 continue to be denied unemployment benefits

By: - June 29, 2021

Iowans forced out of work after being sickened by COVID-19 continue to be denied unemployment benefits by the state, while those who voluntarily quit their jobs due to the risk of contracting the virus are collecting benefits. Under Iowa law, workers can often collect state unemployment benefits after quitting a job due to intolerable or […]

Only 12% of Iowa nursing homes meet vaccine standard

By: - June 28, 2021

Only 50 of Iowa’s 409 nursing homes are reporting that three-quarters or more of their workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19, newly disclosed records show. That means 88% of Iowa’s nursing homes have yet to meet the industry’s stated standard of having at least three-fourths of their workforce vaccinated against the virus. Earlier this month, […]

Judge: Iowa-licensed surgeon can’t bill Medicare due to tax evasion

By: - June 28, 2021

A surgeon who was granted a license to practice in Iowa last year has been denied the opportunity to bill Medicare for his services due to multiple felony convictions tied to tax evasion. Federal records show that last year, Dr. Edward Joseph Silvio Picardi applied to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for re-enrollment […]