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Van Koinis The 58-year-old pediatrician who ran a practice in Evergreen Park is believed to have faked documentation for anti-vaxxer parents so they could falsely claim their children had received immunizations, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said.
‘He was well known for being someone who was into a homeopathic medicine, and from what we have determined, it was well known that people opposed to vaccination could go to him,’ Dart said.
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He was 58 years old.
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According to reports, An Illinois pediatrician who took his own life left behind a suicide note revealing he falsified medical records — and may have not vaccinated children.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said, “He was well known for being someone who was into a homeopathic medicine, and from what we have determined, it was well known that people opposed to vaccination could go to him,”.
WBBM reports It’s unclear how many juvenile patients may have been impacted, but Koinis’ note suggested that he either doctored records or doled out fake immunizations dating back 10 years.
The note left by Dr. Van Koinis — a 58-year-old pediatrician who ran a practice in Evergreen Park — indicates he felt regret over fudging documents to show his young patients were immunized at the request of parents, the Chicago Tribune reports. The doctor was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in September.
Illinois pediatrician left a suicide note saying he may have faked vaccinations
Investigators found a suicide note raising questions about his vaccination records.
It was last September when Koinis was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The Cook County Sheriff’s office said his suicide note indicates there might be a problem with records he kept regarding the vaccinations children received or did not receive, at his office on West 95th Street in Evergreen Park.
“The note was very short. It was a note where he expressed a lot regret and the note was solely driven at the fact that he did things he regretted as far as the vaccinations,” said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. He added Koinis also expressed regret in doctoring records.
“He was incredibly regretful for what he did and it was the only thing he mentioned in the suicide note. It was this and only this,” Dart said.
No charges have been filed in the suspected conspiracy to falsify vaccination records, but an investigation is ongoing, authorities said.
“I don’t care about your personal feelings on vaccinations, kids need them,” Dart told the Tribune. “You can’t waive them arbitrarily. You clearly can’t forge documents or encourage them to be forged and pass them on, so we’re moving along that track.”
Investigators believe parents of children who opposed vaccinations for communicable diseases — which are required by statute for all students in Illinois — sought out Koinis with a “purpose” to get fraudulent records to allow their children to attend schools without receiving immunizations, Dart said
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Police believe parents may have sought out Dr. Van Koinis, who advocated homeopathic medicine, to fake papers claiming their children were vaccinated
- In Illinois, it is mandatory to show proof of vaccination to enroll at schools
- Parents with children who were patients of the 58-year-old pediatrician who ran a practice in Evergreen Park have been urged to check if they are vaccinated
- He was said to be depressed by ‘years of not vaccinating people properly’
- The doctor died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, leaving a remorseful note