Last night, Kirk Hawkins of KTLA news interviewed me about the Damian Newhart bank robbery story. As we were talking, we calculated how much money was stolen in the seven robberies that Damian Newhart is accused of – just over $20,000. Now, that’s not a small amount of money. But I got to thinking. The amount of money that he took from his patients far exceeds $20,ooo. How many people have posted on here of fees in the $6,000 range? Quite a few, and I’m sure that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Let’s just guess at least $100,000. That would be only about 30 patients – and I’ll bet he saw that many in a day.
So, why is it that when seven banks get hit for an average of about $3,000 each, the FBI gets involved and it’s all over the TV news and print media, but when the same guy breaches his trust with literally dozens of individuals, and maybe hundreds, for about the same amount each, individuals who can afford the loss far less than a bank, it hardly causes a ripple in the collective conscious?
Now, I don’t condone bank robbery. But I sure wish that the true victims of Damian Newhart – single moms who scraped and sacrificed to get their kids teeth straightened, kids – and adults, too – who had to repeat a long course of orthodontia due to the shoddy work done by Dr. Newhart, and even Dr. Newhart’s ex-wife and kids – I wish all those victims were being recognized and better yet, reimbursed. I’m sure the banks have insurance for that kind of thing. But where do you get insurance for losses from a crooked dentist?