Jury convicts W.Va. doctor

March 04, 1997


Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Jefferson County jury found Dr. Ardyce R. Bull guilty Tuesday of obstructing justice last August when police officers searched her office.

Jefferson County Magistrate Katherine Santucci sentenced Bull to 90 days in the Eastern Regional Jail and fined her $100.

Santucci also ordered Bull to pay $67 in court costs and $200 for jury costs.

Bull was a Ranson, W.Va., physician when Ranson police searched her office with a warrant as part of their investigation into whether she was practicing medicine without a license in August 1996.

Bull was taken into custody on Jan. 29 after she had failed to appear in court on Dec. 3 on the obstruction charge.


She will be given credit for the time she has been in jail while awaiting trial.

Bull still faces a charge of failure to appear in court and seven counts of state tax violations, according to charging documents.

Bull had an active family practice in Ranson before police raided her office on Aug. 22, 1996. Her medical license had expired on June 30, 1996, and she had not renewed it, according to court records.

Physicians in West Virginia are required to renew their licenses every two years.

Police searched Bull's office for patient medical records, records of hospital admissions, checks from patients and insurance companies for services performed, and records of prescriptions to support their allegations that Bull continued to practice after June 30, according to court records.

During the search, which took place during office hours, Bull asked if she could leave. Police Chief William Roper said she could.

She left with some insurance papers, including checks, and later refused to return to return them to police, according to court records.

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