School officials speak out about school bus incident, parents furious

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[Last updated on November 7, 2016, at 12:23 p.m., to include a second statement from school officials.]

Marion Oaks — At the request of several parents, Ocala Post reached out to school officials about an incident involving a school bus Friday morning.

Marion County school officials spoke out Saturday about that incident.

The accident occurred when a trainee bus driver missed a turn in Marion Oaks and abruptly hit the brakes.

The bus driver, who was within her probationary period, was accompanied by a supervising bus driver.

When the driver hit her brakes, some of the students then slid forward in their seats and struck the back of the seat directly in front of them.

Parents said some of the children suffered a bloody nose, busted lip, and a headache.

Following the accident, the supervising bus driver took over and returned to the school without notifying first responders.

Upon arriving at the school, the school nurse assessed the children and then sent them to class.

Parents said they were not contacted until five hours after the accident had occurred. Parents also said that they were frustrated that the school used an automated system to notify parents instead of an actual human being.

According to witnesses, the bus driver ran off the roadway and struck a sign.

However, Marion County Public Schools Public Relations Officer, Kevin Christian, told Ocala Post that the bus “never made contact with anything.”

Full statement

“Friday morning on the way to Marion Oaks Elementary School, a new driver missed a turn and stopped the bus suddenly to avoid hitting a sign.  She did NOT go into a ditch, hit another vehicle, or anything of the nature. The bus never made contact with anything.  The supervising driver took over the route from that point.

Some students bumped their heads when the bus suddenly stopped.  Once the bus arrived at school, the school nurse checked nine students and provided ice packs to three.  The remaining students were cleared and went to class or were picked up by parents.

Once the school gathered all the appropriate information, administrators sent a phone call to parents @ 1:05pm, an hour before dismissal.”

Additional statement received on November 7

“The school nurse personally called parents of the initial 9 students before 9:30am Friday.  Over the next few hours, more students complained and were seen by the same school nurse.  Administrators had the nurse check ALL students riding that bus as a precaution, based on the fact more students started complaining as the morning progressed.  In all, the nurse checked 85 students throughout Friday.

Our goal is to communicate with parents as soon as we have factual information. Situations change in this kind of scenario, hence the time it takes to investigate and fully gather all the appropriate details.  All parents were contacted by the Skylert message, and those whose students were immediately checked by the school nurse also received a personal phone call.

Normal procedure means we take time to gather relevant details and factual information before sharing that with our community.  Sometimes, it’s easy to do in a short amount of time.  Other times, it is not.  This is one of those cases.  We’re looking at what we should change, if necessary, to accommodate parents’ desire for immediate information versus our goal to investigate and share timely and accurate information.”

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Both students and parents say the account of the incident being reported by the school board is not how the accident happened.

In an e-mail to Ocala Post, a parent wrote, “I contacted [the nurse] and she assured me [my son] had no swelling. When [my son] came home he had a knot under his eye and swelling on the left side of his face. [I] had him checked out at an ER and he has deep bruising and swelling . I have emailed the Board of Education. The dean at the school could not even tell me if [the nurse] was a RN, LPN, or a CNA because she is employed through the health department. I asked why she gave [my son] an ice pack if he had ‘no swelling’. [The Dean] said [my son] may have asked for one. How could they not call us? Some may only have bruising, but all of the kids shouldn’t be scared to get on a school bus.”

Elise Marcoux wrote, “My 8 year old was also involved. Had a busted lip and whiplash, luckily didn’t get a concussion. We should have been contacted immediately no matter how minor it was. It is absolutely necessary to contact parents ASAP when ANYTHING happens. This was absolute bullshit. These schools down here are ridiculous. I’m from New England. We are informed of every little thing. But these schools down here don’t care. And its bullshit I have never been so upset or livid or had to live in a place where the school didn’t care. I’m still fuming.”

In response to Ocala Post’s first story, Karen Lee, a former bus driver, wrote, “As a former school bus driver I can tell you YES! The driver should have remained at the scene and called for first responders. ANY time a child suffers injury on the bus they should be called.”

Ocala Post asked Christian if it was normal procedure for parents not to immediately be notified of this type of incident.

Ocala Post will keep you updated if a response to the question is received.

According to Christian, the trainee bus driver was terminated on Friday. She was still in her probationary period.

Nonetheless, parents are still deeply concerned about the lack of communication from school officials.

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  • Ocala native

    I understand how important our children are to us but do you think some of these parents maybe overreacting a bit? Should the school call every time the kids get a skint knee or elbow? If the injury’s were serious I think the school would have notified the parents ASAP. To the person who’s child received whiplash and a concussion if you could scan his or her medical chart to Ocala Post readers your story would be more believable.

    • Ms Betty

      You obviously don’t have school age children. I am forced by law to send my child to school unless I home school them, when they are in the care of the school system I expect to be notified when and if ANYTHING happens to their well being whether it is a skinned knee or elbow. If my child had been involved, you can bet that I would have started a war with that school, principal, bus drivers, school nurses and the Dept of Education!!

      • Ocala native

        If the school were to NOTIFY you every time your kid was skint up they would be on the phone all day everyday. As far as you coming down and showing your ass I would hope that someone with any balls would tell you to go get F****D

        • Ms Betty

          If the parents don’t protect the children, who does? Not the Dept of Education. Thank you for showing your ignorance and lack of class with your last sentence. I choose to go high not low.

          • urchittingme

            Was that last sentence a Michelle Obama quote?

          • Carolyn Torrey

            Dear Betty the Department of Education will not do anything as long as Pam Stewart is in charge. Look at her bio online at the department of Ed. She came from here, look at her in the Ocala star banner with her arm around Mr. Tomyn. The governor’s office and just informed the Sheriff office that they are to do the investigation. Don’t waste your time in the circuit court go to the Federal court. Mary Sawaya brother sits on the appellate and he protect Marion County Public Schools and his sister was employed with them. I shared this with the city that was in a lawsuit to get recused out of the 5th due to conflicts. There is a ruling by the 5th that all have conflicts when it comes to the Sawaya family and had to move it to the 2nd. In the 2nd the appellate did not uphold the judge’s ruling in the lower 5th court ruling. The recent Supreme court coming to Ocala states there concern on the Judges and attorneys .

        • Carolyn Torrey

          Ocala Native you sound like you are Mary Sawaya.Google shows what has happend
          Researcher convicted for falsifying medical license – Ocala.com
          http://www.ocala.com/article/20031104/News/604235738
          Nov 4, 2003 – OCALA – Mary Sawaya earned a medical degree and a doctorate from … As a result, her resume now contains yet another title: Convicted felon.
          Mary E. Sawaya aka Marty Sawaya; Debarment Order – Federal Register
          https://www.federalregister.gov/…/mary-e-sawaya-aka-marty-sawaya-debarment-orde…
          Jun 12, 2009 – FDA bases this order on a finding that Dr. Sawaya was convicted of a felony under Federal law for conduct relating to the development or …
          [PDF]Sawaya, Mary E. (PDF – 573KB) – FDA
          http://www.fda.gov/downloads/RegulatoryInformation/FOI/…/UCM181746.pdf
          proposal on a fiDding that you were convicted of a felony under Fcderallaw for conduct: (I) relating to the development or approval, including the process for.

        • Carolyn Torrey

          Ocala Native sound like Mary Sawaya. I have seen your degrading emails with Don Raymond and you should have never been able to communicate in that fashion. If this is Mary Sawaya you day in Federal court again will be forth coming but this time we will not let your brother intervene this time.

          • Ocala native

            Awh is someone bullying poor Carolyn Torrey again lol, maybe you should hire an attorney this time and sue, maybe the outcome will be in your favor.

          • Carolyn Torrey

            Dear Ocala Native…. ALL JUDGES RULED IN CONFLICT AS ALL 5 JUDGES RECUSED AND 13 IN ANOTHER CASE ARE FACING FEDERAL COURTS IN THE INVIDIDUAL THAT REPORTED YOU FOR THE UNLICENSED PRACTICE OF MEDICINE. WE KNOW HOW YOU HAD YOUR BROTHER INTERVENE TO GET A PLEA BARGAIN. I FIRST HAD TO WIN THE FEDERAL COMPLAINT WITH THE DISCRIMINATION ON THE MINORITIES WHICH I REPORTED AND WON. NO WITH THE DOJ AND YES YOU ARE ON THE LIST FOR DEPOSITION SO KEEP RUNNING YOUR MOUTH. I AM LETTING THEM ALL KNOW HOW YOU HIDE BEHIND YOUR FAKE NAMES JUST LIKE YOU DID TO THE FDA UF IS INVESTIGATING YOU ON STEALING THE MEDICAL LICENSES FOR YOU TO MAKE A FALSE MEDICAL LICENSE FOR YOURSELF. YEP YOUR NAME EVEN APPEARED IN THE CORRUPTION REPORT BY FDA BY THE TEXAS CONGRESSMAN BARTON. YEP, YOUR FAMOUS. Are you so afraid they will look up your conviction if your use your real name? If one googles Mary Sawaya aka Marty Sawaya and felon it comes up, Ocala Star-Banner covered it and so it is recorded in the Federal courthouse. What is wrong with your nasty attacks on the innocent public, teachers, principals, parents, children, stray dogs and kittens. Did psychologist Dr. Edendenfield see your email calling his daughter fat? You wrote in your email to Don Raymond that your son didn’t get high enough scores for the Millenium program and that you sent him back for retesting. You do realize that retesting in a short period is a violation of the psychological testing standards. My son was ill when his took it and still scored high enough without retesting. Did your son’s scores qualify him for Mensa? Does it bother you if another child excels your own children? Does it bother you that your sister didn’t go any higher up than a school teacher? I can tell you she had better grades than those that supervised her. And her colleagues who had less experience, Yancey’s son-in-law got teacher of the year without a state teaching certificate and it took him 7 years to get a teaching degree. I want the public to know what you have done. How about did you let UM in your emails note that you offered to take UM equipment from them use for the Dr N H Jones? Maybe you should review your emails. You spent 20,000 in 2006 on attorney’s fees planning your divorce the same year you began your email with Raymond who states in his depo and did she have pet names for you? Yes, Maam and did she have more the one pet name for you Yes Maam. Mr. Raymond’s wife was very hurt when she heard you name come up prior to her deposition so much so we let her reschedule. Yep lets start reposting your derogatory remarks on John McCollum, Julie Shealy, and Rick Landford after his child died and you slam Forest High School. Principal Landford was very hurt to see your nasty Email on him that you sent to Yancey. Hmmm, let’s see how you wrote nasty remarks on the Osceola Math teacher Carole Miller, And let the world see how you blamed Osceola Middle school that your daughter needed to be tutored at IB. Let post the court the Emails and the Court testimony your son was caught in a clear cheating incident at Howard Middle School. We have the court transcripts that you did nothing for what your son did. And to think your sister worked for Marion County Schools. How about let the world see where posted you wanted the little stray dog eaten by your dogs. Yep, and how you attacked Marget Schee on-line on her child that burned to death on the school bus. How about let’s post to Video your crying to the police on 911 one minute claiming your were being attacked and how in video you were screaming and aggressively and how the courts ruled against you on you false stalking accusation even when your brother the Judge. and the 5 pages of my brother the judge quotes….. And let’s post how you falsely accused your x for threatening and how the courts ruled against you. You attorney filed paperwork before the event even occurred that is why Singbush ruled against you. Yep even though your brother the Judge. At some point, your brother the Judge may wonder how many times does he have to cover for you. UF is very upset that you stole Medical licenses from them and put your name on the to create a false medical license to FDA. Federal Court is coming Ms. Ocala Native and you will be investigated and this time Brother better stay not interfere for your sentencing. There were 5 judges recused in my case, one left the bench after I filed the JQC on him and there are 13 other Circuit court Judges in Federal Court. I don’t think your brother if he is smart will stay away from your cases. As the Supreme court Justices, 2016 the last visit has stated that are very concern on the court corruption with Judges and attorney. a more intense lecture than the 2014 lecture that was prompted by the filing of SC14-242.

          • Carolyn Torrey

            From: Mary Sawaya [mesawaya@att.net]
            Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2006 11:34 AM
            To: Raymond, George – Dr NH Jones Elementary School
            Subject: Re: Regards
            HI Mr. Raymond (Don),
            Thank you too, for seeing me. You are very easy to talk to. I just didn’t want to burden you with so much “stuff’. I do hope
            things work out for the best!

            From: Raymond, George – Dr NH Jones Elementary School
            To: Mary Sawaya
            Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2006 11:36 AM
            Subject: RE: Regards
            Thank you,’ you are very special
            Don

          • Carolyn Torrey

            Mary email to me….my husband found this little tiny shitzu type dog on the streets today near Ft King intersection where the driver’s license place is located. He said cars were about to hit the dog so he stopped and picked it up. Needless to say, it is lost and looks like it had been running for a few days. So what does he do? Brings it home and got attached to it. My 2 big dogs wanted to attack it since they probably thought it was a squirrel (same size) ha Now I’m stuck with another mouth to feed even though it is mouse
            portions hope my dogs don’t eat it..

          • Carolyn Torrey

            From: Mary Sawaya [mesawaya@att.net]
            Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2006 8:53 PM
            To: Raymond, George – Dr NH Jones Elementary School
            Subject: Re: comments

            Hi Don
            John will have a big mess to clean up from Shealy. I could tell you stories about OMS but it is still better than Howard at this point. Remember the AP that came from Dr.NHJ, she is another real pain to deal with there. Wait til he gets his hands on her and the other AP. Should be an interesting year at OMS.
            The middle school choices are very limited

          • Carolyn Torrey

            Case# 2000-11375
            Profession: Medical Doctors
            Board: Board of Medicine
            County; Marion
            General allegation: Unlicensed Practice of Medicine
            Statute: 458.327(1 )(A)FS
            Complaint alleges: Subject has fraudulently represented that she is licensed to practice
            medicine in Florida by presenting a forged license.
            Complaint date: 0812212000
            Date received: 0812512000
            Taken by: AHCA/Tinker Lammert

            Subject; Mary Sawaya

          • Carolyn Torrey

            This investigation was initiated based on information obtained by the Unlicensed Activity Office. The information suggested that Dr. Mary SAWAYA, the primary clinical investigator for a new drug approved by the FDA was not licensed to practice medicine in Florida.

            On October 26, 2000, this investigator contacted SA Scott Mallon to discuss the activities of Dr. Mary SAWAYA. 1 related that the ULAO had been contacted by ABC Television regarding a story on a new drug called Vaniqa, a topical cream for the treatment of unwanted facial hair on women. ABC Television provided information that SAWAYA had conducted the clinical trials for this drug, sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS), and she was not a licensed physician in Florida.
            The Unlicensed Activity Office, where I am employed, is empowered under F.S. 456.073 to investigate all unlicensed violations pertaining to health care, which includes all practitioners in the practice of Medicine. The Unlicensed Activity Office is under the authority of the Department of Health of the State of Florida.
            On August 24th 2000, the Unlicensed Activity Office received from Margaret Anglin, Custodian of Records for the Division of Medical Quality Assurance, Department of Health, Tallahassee, Florida, a Certificate of Non-Licensure, which stated the accused Mary Sawaya is not and has never been, a licensed medical doctor in the State of Florida or has been licensed in any other profession
            On November 14, 2000, SA Mallon contacted Carolanne Currier, CDER, regarding an inspection of the Vaniqa clinical investigation. Ms. Currier related that SAWAYA was inspected at the Aratec Foundation, 2128 SE 3′ Place, Ocala, FL on March 3, 2000. The inspection found no objectionable conditions. SA Mallon obtained a copy of the inspection report and found SAWAYA’s medical license was not discussed during the inspection.
            On November 15, 2000, SA Mallon and myself presented this case to AUSA Mark Devereaux, Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville, FL. AUSA Devereaux opened a case regarding this matter and suggested that the agents initiate contact with SAWAYA.
            On November 22, 2000, SSA Pat Durkin, OCl/HQ, contacted SA Mallon with some additional information regarding clinical investigations. SSA Durkin explained that he contacted Ms. Cumer and she related that the clinical investigator does not necessarily have to be a licensed medical doctor. However, a licensed medical doctor is required to be a part of the clinical investigation where patients are being treated.
            On December 5, 2000, SA Mallon contacted Mary Jean Kozma-Fornaro and Mildred Wright, ORM/DDDDP/CDER, to discuss the credentials submitted by SAWAYA for the clinical trials. Ms. Fornaro related that the credentials for SAWAYA and Dr. Mann, the secondary clinical investigator, were part of the tND file. Specifically, Ms. Fornaro said the credentials and curriculum vitae for each investigator was located in Volume 12.1 of IND 37365. Ms. Fomaro said she would make these files available.
            SA Mallon requested that MWM contact Ms. Fornaro at (301) 827-2023 and arrange to review the aforementioned IND files. Specifically to review and photocopy the credentials and curriculum vitae for each investigator identified in the IND, including the Form 1572, which identifies the principal investigator.

          • Carolyn Torrey

            On December 20, 2000, SA Scott Mallon forwarded a collateral Report of Investigation to MWM requesting assistance in obtaining credentials submitted to IND 37,365 (Vaniqa) for clinical investigator Dr. Mary SAWAYA.
            On December 27, 2000, this investigator forwarded a letter to the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (Bristol-Myers) requesting the names and addresses of patients who participated in the clinical investigation for Vaniqa. Bristol-Myers subsequently responded that they do not have patient identification information. The only patient identification information they have is patient initials and dates of birth.
            On January 18, 2001, SA Mallon received a response to the collateral request. The review of the IND files showed that SAWAYA did not submit a Florida medical license to the FDA. However, a Florida medical license was submitted to the FDA for Dr. Cheryl Bowman Mann. Dr. Mann is a licensed physician in the State of Florida.
            During this reporting period, SA Mallon made several inquiries to CDER and 0CC regarding the identities of patients who participated in the clinical investigation for Vaniqua. SA Mallon was informed that the IND’s and NDA’s only identify patients by number. FDA does not have patient names and addresses.
            SA Mallon verified that the FDA approved the Vaniqa NDA on July 27, 2000.
            On February 6, 2001, this investigator together with SA Mallon contacted AUSA Mark Devereaux, Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville, FL, to discuss the status of this case. AUSA Devereaux and SA Mallon agreed that the information collected to date indicated that SAWAYA did not submit false credentials to FDA. However, AUSA Devereaux and SA Mallon decided to further explore the origin of the false credentials which were submitted to Bristol-Myers.
            On February 9, 2001, this investigator interviewed several employees of Bristol-Myers regarding SAWAYA’s credentials. I found that SAWAYA did not submit a false medical license for the Vaniqa clinical investigation. However, SAWAYA submitted the false medical license as part of a clinical investigation package for a new drug for hair growth. Bristol-Myers stated this package was submitted by U.S. Mail, however, they did not retain the envelope. Bristol-Myers declined to identify the new drug citing proprietary and confidentiality concerns. Bristol-Myers stated that they did not require a medical license for clinical investigations and did not know why SAWAYA submitted one in her investigation package.
            Also on February 9, 2001, SA Mallon contacted Mary Jean Fomaro, CDER, to determine whether any new clinical studies being conducted by SAWAYA had been submitted to FDA. Ms. Fornaro subsequently responded that an IND or NDA number would be required before her office could conduct any inquiries.

          • Carolyn Torrey

            On February 16, 2001, SA Mallon queried the FDA website for any applications submitted by Bristol-Myers for hair growth drugs. SA Mallon found no applications on the website for this type of drug.
            On April 24, 2001, this investigator contacted SA Mallon and stated he obtained information that SAWAYA had done clinical investigations for Fujisawa Healthcare, Inc. (Fujisawa), Parkway North Center, Three Parkway North, Deerfield, IL 60015. I told SA Mallon that Fujisawa had filed a complaint with the FDA regarding SAWAYA’s medical license.
            On May 10, 2001, SA Mallon received a copy of Fujisawa’s complaint from the Florida District Office
            SA Mallon requested that CHI make contact with Ms. Beauchamp at Fujisawa and attempt to interview her regarding SAWAYA’s clinical trials and when and how she became aware that her medical license was potentially fraudulent. Also determine how the medical license was transmitted to Fujisawa, i.e. via U.S. mail, FedEx, or facsimile. Determine if the medical license was crucial in SAWAYA’s selection as a clinical investigator. Identify what action Fujisawa took once they became aware of the fraudulent medical license. Obtain information on how much money SAWAVA was paid to conduct these clinical trials. Request the names of specific clinical trials, dates, product names, and IND and NDA numbers, if applicable.
            Also on May 10, 2001, this investigator and SA Mallon received 15 grand jury subpoenas for records from AUSA Mark Devereaux, Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville, FL. SA Mallon served a grand jury subpoena for records on the American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Board of Dermatology on May 10, 2001.
            On May 10, 2001, SA Scott Mallon received copies of complaints regarding SAWAYA’s submission of suspect medical licenses to Merck Research Laboratories (Merck) and Fujisawa Healthcare (Fujisawa). The complaints were received from the Florida District Office and contained a computer printout of 11 clinical investigations where SAWAYA was a clinical investigator.
            SA Mallon requested that MWM contact Ms. Sandy Childs, COER, at 301-827-2061 and arrange to review the 10 aforementioned IND files. Specifically, please review and photocopy SAWAYA’s credentials, licenses, certifications, and curriculum vitae for each investigation under each IND, including the Forms 1571 and 1572 which identify the principal investigator. Also, please review and photocopy the same information for each sub investigator participating in SAWAVA’s clinical investigations. Please enclose the photocopied documents with the response to this collateral request.
            On May 11, 2001, SA Mallon served grand jury subpoenas for records on the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Medical Association.On May 14, 2001, SA Mallon served a grand jury subpoena for records on the Western Institutional Review Board.

            Also on May 14, 2001, SA Mallon forwarded a collateral request to CGI to serve a grand jury subpoena for records on Fujisawa, Deerfield, IL. SA Mallon further requested CGI to interview Judith Beauchamp, Corporate QA, Fujisawa.
            On May 16, 2001, SA Mallon forwarded a collateral request to MWM to serve a grand jury subpoena for records on Merck, West Point, PA. SA Mallon further requested MWM to interview, Janet Keyser, Director, Worldwide Clinical QA Resources, Merck.
            On May 15, 2001, SA Mallon served grand jury subpoenas for records on the Florida Medical Association, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, and Pfizer, Inc.
            On May 16, 2001, SA Mallon served grand jury subpoenas for records on The University of Florida College of Medicine, The University of Miami School of Medicine, and the Dade County Medical Association.
            On May 21, 2001, SA Mallon forwarded a collateral request to MWM to obtain and review clinical investigation records submitted by SAWAYA in support of 10 individual IND’s
            On May 23, 2001, this investigator and SA Mallon met with AUSA Devereaux in Ocala, FL. AUSA Devereaux expressed his continued interest in this investigation.
            On May 24, 2001, this investigator and SA Mallon visited the former site of Ocala Comprehensive Care (0CC), 324 SE 24″ Street, Ocala, FL. This investigator and SA Mallon interviewed Connie Kingsley, R.N., Munroe Regional Medical Center (Munroe). Nurse Kingsley explained that Munroe had purchased the building sometime during January 2001. Nurse Kingsley contacted Administrator Brian Gibbons, Munroe, who confirmed that Munroe purchased the building and that 0CC had vacated the premises effective January 1, 2001. Nurse Kingsley added that 0CC was no longer in business and that Dr. Richard Mann had moved his practice to Ocala Gynecology, 1500 SE 17th Street, Ocala, FL.
            Also on May 24, 2001, this investigator and SA Mallon interviewed Cheryl Mann, M.D., at the gate of her residence at 5951 SW 21st Avenue Road, Ocala, FL. Dr. Mann said she had not practiced medicine for approximately a year and a half. Dr. Mann used to practice at 0CC. Dr. Mann stated that she was the sub investigator for the clinical trials for Vaniqua. Dr. Mann recalled that SAWAYA had approached her to be the sub investigator for the trials. Dr. Mann believed that SAWAYA knew her husband, Dr. Richard Mann, from high school because they had both grown up in Ocala, FL.
            Dr. Mann said she did not remember much about the clinical trials. Dr. Mann said she performed Ob/Gyn exams on the clinical trial participants who were referred to her by SAWAYA. Dr. Mann said he only saw a few patients and did not remember the exact number. Dr. Mann stated that her physician’s assistant (PA), Tina Rayfield, and SAWAYA did the follow-up examinations and physicals for the patients.
            Dr. Mann said she did not do the follow-up examinations on these patients. Dr. Mann recalled that 0CC was paid only for the Ob/Gyn exams. Dr. Mann said she “never set foot in ARATEC” and the Ob/Gyn exams were done in her office at 0CC when it was located at 1503 SW 1st Ave., Ocala, FL. Dr. Mann stated she “assumed” SAWAYA was a licensed medical doctor because she was a dermatologist at the University of Florida. According to Dr. Mann, SAWAYA never told her she was a licensed medical doctor and did not show her a license. Dr. Mann stated she wanted to talk to counsel before getting in to any more specific information.
            Also on May 24, 2001, this investigator and SA Mallon served a grand jury subpoena for records for 0CC on Dr. Richard Mann, Ocala Gynecology, Ocala, FL. Dr. Mann said that 0CC was no longer in business, but he would be able to obtain the required records. Dr. Mann stated that he would need the names of specific patients in order to find the records. SA Mallon stated that he would provide the patient names as soon as they were available. SA Mallon asked Dr. Mann if SAWAYA had ever told him that she was a licensed medical doctor. Dr. Mann said he assumed SAWAYA was licensed because she was on staff at Shann Hospital at the University of Florida.
            In addition, on May 24, 2001, this investigator and SA Mallon served a grand jury subpoena for records on John Ghannam, ARATEC, Inc., Ocala, FL.
            Also on May 24, 2001, this investigator and SA Mallon attempted to interview Dr. Mary Barber at Ocala Dermatology, Ocala, FL. Dr. Barber was not on duty. This investigator and SA Mallon then visited Dr. Barber’s residence at 2100 SW 42ndStreet, Ocala, FL. This residence was gated and fenced with no visible means of communication between the gate and the house. SA Mallon subsequently left a voice mail message for Dr. Barber. An unidentified staff member returned SA Matlon’s call and stated that Dr. Barber was away for the weekend but would contact him as soon as she returned.
            On May 25, 2001, this investigator and SA Mallon interviewed PA Tina Rayfield at Ocala Gynecology. PA Rayfield said she conducted pelvic exams for the patients participating in the clinical investigations for ARATEC. PA Rayfield said that both 0CC and ARATEC were located in the same building on 1st Avenue in Ocala, FL. PA Rayfield recalled doing the exams for patients in the excessive facial hair investigation (Vaniqua) and also a male/female balding investigation. PA Rayfield recalled seeing about nine or ten patients per week for about six weeks. PA Rayfield said these exams were done in the 0CC office. According to PA Rayfield, she never saw these patients again unless they decided to become regular 0CC patients. PA Rayfield said she had never been to the ARATEC office. PA Rayfield said that Dr. Cheryl Mann did approximately two thirds of the exams while the on-duty physician did approximately one third of the exams. PA Rayfield stated that the patients saw SAWAYA and John Ghannam first for their selection as test participants.
            According to PA Rayfield, the pelvic exam was only part of the full physical exam required of the test participants. PA Rayfield said neither she nor Dr. Cheryl Mann performed any full physical or follow-up exams on these patients.
            The only exams performed were pelvic exams. PA Rayfield said that she did not work together with SAWAYA. PA Rayfield stated that the patient records were reviewed and signed by Dr. Cheryl Mann and then transferred to SAWAYA. PA Rayfield said that SAWAYA did not tell her she was a licensed medical doctor. However, PA Rayfield added that Dr. Cheryl Mann introduced her to SAWAYA as a M.D. or Ph.D. or both. PA Rayfield said she assumed SAWAYA was licensed in Florida.
            On May 29,2001, SA Scott Mallon contacted Dr. Mary Barber, a licensed physician in Ocala, FL. SA Mallon had previously received information that SAWA Y A had told ABC Television that her former name was Mary Stoner. Stoner is Dr. Barbers maiden name. Dr. Barber stated she never worked on clinical trials and never worked at ARATEC. INC. Dr. Barber said she knew SAWAYA but never worked with her. Dr. Barber stated she had discussions with ARA TEC to do a clinical study but that study never materialized. Dr. Barber said she never gave SAWAYA permission to use her name. Dr. Barber said she was definitely was not SAWAYA.
            On May 31, 2001, AUSA Mark Devereaux, Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville, FL, contacted SA Mallon. AUSA Devereaux stated that Attorney Mike Sawyer, DeKarlis and Sawyer, had contacted him and was representing SAWAYA and ARA lEG. AUSA Devereaux and Attorney Sawyer agreed to schedule an interview with SAWAYA
            On June 5, 2002, SA Scott Mallon prepared a schedule showing a summary of the payments made to ARATEC for clinical investigations. The following represents the dollar amounts paid to ARATEC by manufacturer:
            Bristol-Myers Squibb $307,310 Galderma $120,000 Fujisawa $ 73,635 Novartis $ 10,427 ;l Pharmacia $169,250 Merck $ 55,098 Total $735,720
            SA Mallon transmitted this schedule to AUSA Mark Devereaux, Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville, FL. AUSA Devereaux said he would use this schedule in preparing a plea agreement for SAWAYA. AUSA Devereaux also said he would initiate asset forfeiture proceedings against the ARATEC office building at 230 SW 3rd Ave., Ocala, FL. SA Mallon further notified Asset Forfeiture Program Manager Dwight Rawls regarding AUSA Devereaux’s intent to forfeit the ARATEC building.
            On June 21,2002, SA Mallon contacted OGC Attorney Sonal Vaid regarding the status of this case. Attorney Vaid agreed to assist SA Mallon in finding an FDA witness from the Division of Scientific Investigations (DSI), CDER. SA Mallon then had a conference call with Attorney Vaid and Joann Rhoads, Director, DSI. Director Rhoads agreed to be an FDA witness in this case regarding the materiality of submitting false credentials during clinical investigations.
            On June 19, 2001, AUSA Devereaux, this investigator, and SA Mallon, interviewed SAWAVA. SAWAYA confessed to submitting fraudulent medical licenses to BMS and several other manufacturers.
            SAWAYA said BMS repeatedly called her to do clinical investigations. SAWAYA stated that she submitted the licenses to BMS because she wanted to do the clinical investigations.
            SAWAYA wanted to do the clinical investigations because she was having problems with her job as an assistant professor at the University of Florida, School of Medicine, Gainesville, FL. Specifically, SAWAYA said she was continually harassed by Dr. Franklin P. Flowers, the former chairman of the Dermatology Department. According to SAWAYA, Dr. Flowers had told SAWAYA that he no longer wanted her in the Dermatology Department. SAWAYA said that she and Dr. Flowers also conflicted over her time and attendance. SAWAYA said she confided in Dr. Karen A. Holbrook, now with the University of Georgia (UGA), regarding her problems with Dr. Flowers.
            Sawaya Interview: (Synopsis)
            Dr. Mary SAWAYA, President and Director, ARATEC, Inc., was interviewed regarding her license to practice medicine in Florida and her clinical investigations for several drug manufacturers.
            SAWAYA stated she was born and raised in Ocala, FL. SAWAYA said she graduated high school early and then attended a local junior college. After junior college, SAWAYA stated she studied at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. After studying at Johns Hopkins University, SAWAYA said she enrolled in the University of Miami. At the University of Miami, SAWAYA said she earned a PhD. in Biochemistry and a M.D. SAWAYA said she then did her post-doctoral work in Dermatology. SAWAYA stated she did her internship at St. Johns Hospital in Detroit, Ml. SAWAYA stated she returned to the University of Miami as an Assistant Professor.
            SAWAYA said that she received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for $800,000 for research while she was at the University of Miami. SAWAYA said her research involved alopecia and androgen receptor and regulation factors. SAWAYA stated she started but did not finish her residency at University of Miami because of a conflict with her department chairman.
            According to SAWAYA, she married John GHANNAM during 1992 while she was in Miami, FL. SAWAYA stated that GHANNAM was a captain in the U.S. Marine Corp and was deployed in the Persian Gulf.
            When GHANNAM returned to the Persian Guff, SAWAYA went to the State University of New York (Brooklyn) to finish her residency. While doing her residency in New York, SAWAYA found out she was pregnant. SAWAYA stated that GHANNAM was having difficulty resigning from the Marine Corps and she did not want to be in New York by herself. SAWAYA said she returned to Ocala, FL and completed her residency at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. SAWAYA added that the N1H grant followed her from school to school. SAWAYA further explained that she did not personally receive the grant money but the school or university received the grant money for her research.
            SAWAYA said she became an unlicensed resident at the University of Florida during 1994 and worked in the clinics while she finished her residency. Chief Torres confirmed that SAWAYA had a residency license from 1994 – 1996 at the University of Florida. While she was at the University of Florida, SAWAYA said she reported to Dr. Frank Flowers. SAWAYA said that Dr. Flowers was initially receptive of her research work. However, SAWAYA stated that Dr. Flowers’ attitude changed during the last year of her NIH grant. During 199711998, SAWAYA said that Dr. Flowers continually harassed her regarding her research and her time and attendance.
            SAWAYA said she confided in Dr. Karen Holbrook, now with the University of Georgia, regarding her problems with Dr. Flowers. During this time, SAWAYA said she started looking for another job. SAWAYA stated that during this time she was talking to the pharmaceutical drug companies regarding her alopecia research and expertise. SAWAYA said her research lectures and presentations on alopecia led the pharmaceutical companies to contact her. SAWAYA stated the pharmaceutical companies asked her to do clinical trials, however, she said she declined because she did not have the facilities.
            According to SAWAYA, the pharmaceutical companies kept calling her and requesting that she do clinical trials. SAWAYA said she finally decided to attempt a clinical trial and made contact with Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS). SAWAYA said that BMS wanted to do clinical trials with a new drug called Vaniqua. According to SAWAYA, BMS said they required a curriculum vitae (CV) and an FDA Form 1572, “Statement of Investigator.” SAWAYA said she did not know the difference between a principal investigator and a sub-investigator on the 1572. However, she knew she needed assistance with ob/gyn exams so she enlisted the help of Dr. Cheryl Mann as a sub-investigator. SAWAYA said she submitted the CV and 1572 to BMS.
            SAWAYA stated that BMS did not ask for a medical license up front. SAWAYA stated that based on her CV, BSM might have assumed she was licensed. However, SAWAYA said someone from BMS contacted her and told her that a medical license was not necessary but it was “preferable.” SAWAYA said she obtained a copy of a medical license at the University of Florida. SAWAYA stated there were licenses “all over the place.” SAWAYA said she photocopied the license and “doctored it” with her name. SAWAYA said she made up the control number. SAWAYA said she submitted the false license to BMS during early 1998. SAWAYA said that when the original false license was due to expire, she made up another license with the same control number and a new expiration date.
            SAWAYA stated that once the licenses were made, they were placed in a file and then provided to the pharmaceutical manufacturers as requested (BSM, Parke-Davis, Merck, Glaxo Wellcome).
            SAWAYA stated that she was not sure how much each sponsor paid ARATEC for the clinical trials but she estimated that BMS paid ARATEC approximately $150,000.
            SA Mallon showed SAWAYA a copy of her CV, which was submitted to Merck. The CV stated that she was licensed in Florida, Michigan, and New York.
            SAWAYA stated she created a short CV and a long CV depending on what the pharmaceutical company requested. The CV submitted to Merck was the short CV. SAWAYA said that the company requested a short CV and that she recalled being asked to list the states in which she “might” be licensed.
            SAWAYA said she may have had a temporary license in Michigan, but was not fully licensed in any state. SAWAYA explained that the universities where she was working often enrolled her in licensing programs and professional associations.
            SA Mallon showed SAWAYA a copy of a medical license bearing her name and license number ME-0066098, expiration date January 31, 2000, issued by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. SAWAYA said this was a copy of the first false license she created. SA Mallon then showed SAWAYA a copy of a medical license bearing her name and license number ME-0066098, expiration date January 31, 2002, issued by the Florida Department of Health. SAWAYA said this was a copy of the second false license she created.
            SAWYA stated she created the false licenses because she was desperate to leave the University of Florida because of continued harassment by Dr. Frank Flowers. SAWAYA also said she did not view clinical trials as practice of medicine. SAWAYA stated that, in her opinion, the pharmaceutical companies were treating the subjects and that she was a mediator that counted pimples, wrinkles, and other physical symptoms.
            SAWAYA added that because of her problems with Dr. Flowers, she would not get the letters of recommendation necessary to obtain a medical license. SAWAYA further stated that she did not believe that the University of Florida would pay for her medical license because of her problems with Dr. Flowers.
            SAWAYA stated that her husband, John H. GHANNAM, Vice President and Director, ARATEC, did not know that she created a false medical license. SAWAYA said she kept her problems to herself. SAWAYA explained that once she created the false licenses they were placed in a file with her CV and GHANNAM may have forwarded them to the pharmaceutical companies upon request. SAWAYA stated that GHANNAM handled the paperwork and the finances for ARATEC. SAWAYA said she conducted the clinical trials and worked with the subjects, including initial physical exams, skin assessments, and exit exams.
            SAWAYA stated that GHANNAM suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder and is being treated by a psychiatrist at the Department of Veterans Affairs. SAWAYA explained that she and GHANNAM are currently separated and planning to be divorced.
            SAWAYA claimed she only made $15,000 from ARATEC last year. SAWAYA stated she was living off her honorarium money and purchased a new Chrysler minivan for $30,000.

          • Carolyn Torrey

            From: Mary Sawaya [mesawaya~aftnet]
            Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2004 2:40 PM
            To: Raymond, George – Dr NH Jones Elementary School
            Subject: File for John Ghannam
            Follow Up Flag: Follow up
            Flag Status: Flagged

            November 4, 2004

            HI Mr. Raymond,
            I stopped by the office this morning and dropped off academic file. The office staff said you
            were busy in meetings. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to meet you in person.

            As per our phone conversation yesterday, I would really appreciate if you can review~ file to see if he would be appropriate for the Millenium program.

            I know you said you may having some openings for next year.

            I’m not sure if John scores are as high as needed for the program, but I will look forward to hearing your opinion and feedback.

            Thanks again for all of your kindness and consideration of for possible admission to NH Jones. Sincerely,

            Mary Sawaya-Ghannam, MD, PhD

          • Carolyn Torrey

            Forest High school and Mr. Lankford had a wonderful career and progress to principal of the most successfull high schools and left as superindent of schools and this is what Mary Sawaya did to him. Lucky for him Mr. Yancey shared her degrading email so he was able to respond I was never given that opportunity when Mary Sawaya was unlawfully communicating the the district. … Remember Mr. Lankford had just suffered the loss of his son….

            From: swimmergirl18@att.net
            Sent: Thursday. April 05. 2007 8:42 AM
            To: Lankford, Milford(Rick) – Forest High School
            Cc: Yancey. James – Superintendent: Greene. Diana – Deputy Superintendent:
            lsaac.BurgesslV@marion.k12
            Subject: Re: FW: Forest High Orientation
            Dear Mr. Lankford
            Again, my apologies as I did not want to step on any toes. I know you do a top notch job as a Principal and you have a great reputation with students, teachers, parents and other Princpal (sp) colleagues here in town. I guess the VHS staff should have started off the Orientation with letting the parents and students know your name. that you were out of town and wanted to be there. That would have been great as many parents and students feel a bit frightened with going to High School these days and knowing who the “fearless leader” Principal is can sometimes soothe the hesitations people have.
            I look forward to seeing you at Vanguard next year and I know you will do a GREAT job.
            thanks again,
            Mrs. Ghannam
            867-9694
            —–Original message from “Lankford, Milford(Rick) – Forest High School” :
            Ms. Ghannom. >
            I am sorry the orientation did not meet your expectations. We will
            certainly take your feedback into consideration as we continue to make our program better.

            You were disappointed that I was not in attendance. I was out of town that evening and could not make it back in time for the event. It is the • 1st orientation I have missed in the 13 years I have been at Forest and • had nothing to do with my transfer to Vanguard for next year.

            I look forward to meeting you at Vanguard and working with you to make your child’s experience successful.
            Sincerely.
            R. Lankford

            Original Message
            From: Yancey, James – Superintendent
            Sent: Wednesday. April 04. 2007 11:02 PM
            To: swirnmegirl16@att.net
            Cc: Lank-ford. Milford(Rick) – Forest High School: Ellers, David – Vanguard High School: Greene, Diana – Deputy Superintendent
            Subject: RE: Forest High Orientation
            Thank you for the information. I will share it with both schools. I here certainly is no reason for HIS to not run an orientation that
            meets your needs. In their defense perhaps there has never been any feedback that what they were providing needed to be reviewed and improved. With that in mind I want to thank you for providing them • with specific areas of concderns (sp) and questions that should have been answered. lam sure they will attempt to do a better job of addressing these concerns in the future.

            Thank you again for your concern and interest. J IM
            —Original Message–
            From: swimmergirl16@att.net mailto:swimmcrgirl16@att.net] • Sent: Wed 4/4/2007 6:44 AM
            To: Yancey, James – Superintendent
            Subject: Forest High Orientation

            April 4,2007
            Hello Mr. Yancey,

            I rarely bother anyone at School Board Office, but 1 have to let you
            know that I attended the Forest High School Orientation for incoming Freshman last evening. Tues. April 3rd. It was pretty dismal to say the least. Not even the current Principal at FHS attended. The entire
            orientation could have lasted IS minutes. Only 4 FHS Personnel came to present (2 guidance. 2 AP) and most of what they talked about was a reitcration of what was in the Marion Cty Guide Book about Graduation requirements, not much specific about FHS and how the school runs, how to pick electives, what the elec ti yes ARE. rules, regulations that
            parents should know to help the kids in high school.
            Most parents were ready to leave after 15 min but the one FHS presenter said, we will have a half-hour of questions so don’t go. First question
            was about “how to sign up for sports”? This was obviously the biggest joke of an orientation I have ever seen in my entire 50 yrs of living in Marion County and I graduated from FITS back in 1975.

            On the other hand. I would like to complement the Vanguard High School Team who presented the IB Program back in February. I attended that
            Orientation and David Ehlers, the current Principal at Vanguard (who still be leaving to go to School Board Office), still came to introduce the program dressed up and had great things to say about Vanguard and the new rennovations that are soon to start, His full staff of
            people and students came to present that night and it was SUPERB!!! the

            effort they made was obvious!!

            I have always been a FHS urn. but now I’m glad my child will be
            attending VHS. I am aware that Mr. Lankford will be the new Principal at
            VHS and hope he will be able to fill the shoes that Mr. Ehlers leaves. I
            think Mr. Lankford is a fine Principal, but 1 think he should have been
            at the FHS Orientation last night to welcome the parents and students
            even though he will be transferred to VHS this summer.

            thanks for taking the time to read my email.
            Sincerely,
            Mrs. Mary Ghannom
            phone: 867-9694

            Sent: Wednesday. April 04. 2007 11:02 PM
            To: swirnmegirl16@att.net
            Cc: Lank-ford. Milford(Rick) – Forest High School: Ellers, David – Vanguard High School: Greene, Diana – Deputy Superintendent
            Subject: RE: Forest High Orientation
            Thank you for the information. I will share it with both schools. I here certainly is no reason for HIS to not run an orientation that
            meets your needs. In their defense perhaps there has never been any feedback that what they were providing needed to be reviewed and improved. With that in mind I want to thank you for providing them • with specific areas of concderns (sp) and questions that should have been answered. lam sure they will attempt to do a better job of addressing these concerns in the future.

            Thank you again for your concern and interest. J IM
            • —Original Message–
            • From: swimmerczirl I6@att.net jmailto:swimmcrgirl16@att.net] • Sent: Wed 4/4/2007 6:44 AM
            • To: Yancey, James – Superintendent
            • Subject: Forest High Orientation

            April 4,2007
            Hello Mr. Yancey,

            • I rarely bother anyone at School Board Office, but 1 have to let you
            • know that I attended the Forest High School Orientation for incoming • Freshman last evening. Tues. April 3rd. It was pretty dismal to say the • least. Not even the current Principal at FHS attended. The entire
            • orientation could have lasted IS minutes. Only 4 FHS Personnel came to • present (2 guidance. 2 AN) and most of what they talked about was a reitcration of what was in the Marion Cty Guide Book about Graduation • requirements, not much specific about FHS and how the school runs, how • to pick electives, what the dec ti yes ARE. rules, regulations that
            • parents should know to help the kids in high school.
            • Most parents were ready to leave after 15 min but the one Il-IS presenter • said, we will have a half-hour of questions so don’t go. First question
            • was about “how to sign up for sports”? This was obviously the biggest • joke of an orientation I have ever seen in my entire 50 yrs of living in > Marion County and I graduated from FITS back in 1975.
            >On the other hand. I would like to complement the Vanguard 111gb School > Team who presented the 113 Program back in February. I attended that
            > Orientation and David Ehlers, the current Principal at Vanguard (who > still be leaving to go to School Board Office), still came to introduce
            the pro-,ram all dressed tip and had great things to say about Vanguard > und the new rennovaQons that are soon to start, Ills ML staff of
            > people and students came to present that night and it was SUPERB!!! the

            > etTort they made was obvious!!
            >
            > I have always been a FHS urn. but now I’m glad my child will be
            > attending VHS. I am aware that Mr. Lankford will be the new Principal at
            > VHS and hope he will be able to fill the shoes that Mr. Ehlers leaves. I
            > think Mr. Lankford is a fine Principal, but 1 think he should have been
            > at the F! IS Orientation last night to welcome the parents and students
            > even though he will be transferred to VHS this summer.
            >
            > thanks for taking the time to read my email.
            > Sincerely,
            > Mrs. Mary Ohannom
            > phone: 867-9694
            >
            > > > > >

          • Carolyn Torrey

            Her is Mary degrading Osceola Middle School (OMS) where her sister taught to Don Raymond.

            From: swimmergirl16att.net (Mary Sawaya)
            Sent: Sunday, September 02, 2007 11:12 AM
            To: Raymond, George – Dr NH Jones Elementary School
            Subject: Msg & comments
            HeyFF
            I pushed the button before I could send you my message. Hey, she knows all about you. She must have
            memorized your file. Pretty scary!!
            She even knows your salary. Wow…….and Mrs. J salary. You think they’s cover that up since it is no one’s
            business, except the IRS.
            She’s analyzing everything she can about you. She seems to still think that McC is “okay” when I think he is a
            horses ass. Now that’s a guy who is “real happy with himself’ for the bunch of nothing he does. I’m still upset over the mtg we had before school started and all the implications he made about NHJones and MINN in front of too!.
            I’ve heard that he has found out OMS can accept 2 or 3 more kids as some from Howard may want to move over as they do not want to do all the work involved in the Magnet program.
            That’s really a shame. just started VHS lB program. lawas one of the top, if not THE top student at OMS with 3 yrs having aGPA and honors Math, now in Algebra II. 90 and many other OMS students are having tutoring classes at VHS an hour before school starts. Seems OMS students lag behind all the other middle schools in 1 or 2 subjects since OMS never offered electives. Howard, Westport and other middle school students are way ahead of those coming from OMS in the VHS TB
            program.
            It just goes to show that NHJ, and Howard prepare the kids with a more rigorous curriculum.is handling
            Magnet fine so Mrs. Dunn can be happy about that.
            Can’t wait to hear your comments on her thoughts about you……
            You don’t even have to “say it”, I know what your thoughts would be……telepathy….
            take care
            Chicken Little
            PS. We have bets going whether she shows up for Parent night at Howard???? Care to make some money

          • Carolyn Torrey

        • Kat R

          I attended MC public school and our school nurse DID notify parents any time a child came to the nurses office. Even for gas pains. How about you go get fucked with your shitty ass, ignorant, attitude. Also read up on HIPPA. Idiot.

          • Carolyn Torrey

            I believe this nasty post is the person who hide her true identiy as Mary Sawaya . Her sister was a Marion County school teacher.

          • Kat R

            Well thanks for teaching me there’s a difference. She asked for the child’s medical records to be posted. As far as I know that’s HIPPA.

          • Carolyn Torrey

            Nope the schools are covered by FERPA not HIPPA. If you call HIPPA they will refer you to FERPA and last time I got to speak to a live person the said they only had 5 persons working in enforcement on the protection of records so there not enough to protect the entire US with 5 individuals. The worse FERPA can do is withhold federal fundings. The school knows this and that is how they know there is no enforcement. I have done my homework.

        • Carolyn Torrey

          Ocala Native if you were so smart why didn’t you take and pass the state medical license to get a real doctor instead of getting fake credentials? I know the real reason and it has to do with your other brother when you both went to go for your testing and what happened.

      • Carolyn Torrey

        The post below from Ocala Native is what I believe is from Judge Tommy
        Sawaya sister Mary Sawaya. Judge Sawaya has another sister Sarah Sawaya retired from Marion County Public Schools. Mary is upset because her sister did not get promotions and had a rough time with Principal McCollum. Mary typical writes nasty post on people. I have nearly 500 pages of emails she wrote to Principal Don Raymond they were very nasty and degrading and many of them false. google the name mary sawaya and find her federal conviction. One has to wonder why marion county public schools allowed her to volunteer and have access to records on chlid with her conviction.

  • Carolyn Torrey

    Isn’t Leaving the scene of an accident a Crime? Why did the Bus driver’s leave if they knew children were hurt. Please let us see the video in the Bus of what was happening. It seems the school is downplaying the real event. Someone needs to subpoena the Bus video. Make sure they do not delete it or claim it wasn’t working. Or even admit they destroyed it. I have responses that the school district has withheld emails has destroyed evidence on an open case. Phillip Leppert
    Deposition of Phillip Leppert December 6, 2011, Page 6 lines 10-12 A The functions of the personnel division are for employment purposes of our employees. They’re not about students.

  • Carolyn Torrey

    To all our honorably discharged veterans Thank you for your services. I was appalled on how Mary Sawaya’s attorney Mr. Fuller described an Honorably discharged vet. Note the reason this 911 was discredited is because the date stamp on the divorce of 50 plus pages was in before the falsely reported threat. Great secretary that can type up papers and filed them in the court before the event or false accusation of the event actually occurred. I am sure every attorney would like to have such an efficient assistant. The court police reported to records of threat ever reported on Judge Sawaya. There were no 50 bottles of rx you couldn’t get them on a plane and that efforse reporting would have already picked up on 50 Rxs . Courts dismissed the false domestic threat charges alleged by Ms. Sawaya and her attorney Fuller. It is true that the husband traveled to California to be with his mother who had just suffered a stroke. And according to this account if you served in the military as an honorably discharged as a sharpshooter you are ” by attorney Fuller… How sad our honorable discharge Vet had to endure such false accusations How dare an attorney to make the statement on our Vets.

    Reference Incident 2009-00105332
    Proceedings reco.rded by Ocala Police Department and
    provided by John Ghannam Lor transcription.
    CD LABELED:
    SAWAYA FULLER – GHANNAM
    POLICE REPORT
    FILE NAME: Fuller police report
    Transcription Service: SHELLY OWEN HEATHERDALE,
    CETIFIED (AAERT)
    OWEN & ASSOCIATES
    P.0. Box 157
    Ocala, Florida 34478
    (352) 624-2258
    ***********************************************************
    1 (Call between Connie from OPD and John Fuller.)
    2 CONNIE – OPD: Ocala Police Department. This is
    3 Connie.
    4 MR. FULLER: Good afternoon. My name is John Fuller.
    5 I’m a lawyer here in Ocala.
    6 CONNIE – OPD: Yes.
    7 MR. FULLER: And I am calling to report a threat of
    8 potential domestic violence that has been made against my
    9 client and her family.
    10 CONNIE – OPD: Mary?
    11 MR. FULLER: Mary. Did you talk to Mary Sawaya?
    12 CONNIE – OPD: Yes, we did talk to Mary, and we do
    13 have her up on the screen to go out — the officers are
    14 going to go out and make a report.
    1 MR. FULLER: Great, because she and her sister — I
    2 have, in my office, photographs of numerous military
    3 handguns and, and rifles and boxes of ammunition. And I
    4 have a bag of about 50 prescription bottles from the VA of
    5 all different kind of antipsychotic medication that he
    6 takes. And he was in combat in the Gulf War. He has
    7 killed innocent people. And he has threatened to kill
    8 Judge Sawaya, who is Mary’s brother, who was here in Ocala
    9 and is now a Fifth District Judge, and her sister Sarah,
    10 and Dr. Mary Sawaya Ghannam.
    11 And I am filing, just as quick as my secretary can
    12 type, a — the divorce and a petition for injunction
    13 against domestic violence. But I’m just very fearful. Her
    14 brother, the judge, has reported it to the court services.
    15 CONNIE – OPD: Sir?
    16 MR. FULLER: He takes it as a serious threat.
    17 CONNIE – OPD: Sir, do you want the police to call
    18 you, where you have more information. I mean, you have
    19 extra information.
    20 HR. FULLER: If they want to, they most certainly can,
    21 because —
    22 CONNIE – OPD: What’s your phone number, sir?
    23 HR. FULLER: My office number is 351-2222.
    24 CONNIE – OPD: Okay.
    25 MR. FULLER; And my cell number is — to Mary Sawaya
    1 and all of —
    2 CONNIE – OPD: Yes, I did.
    3 MR. FULLER: Okay, all right. Well, well, she always
    4 has her cell with her. And that wouid be, you know, the
    5 best way —
    6 CONNIE – OPD: Yes, that’s what we’re going to call
    7 her on, but I know that we, we did put It up there. The
    8 officers are busy right at the moment, but —
    9 MR. FULLER: Oh, sure.
    10 CONNIE – OPD: — as soon as they get a break, they
    11 will get over there to make a report.
    12 MR. FULLER: Well, It’s — right. Well, that’s great.
    13 As far as we know, he is supposediy in California. We have
    14 tracked his car to a parking lot. And he won’t tell
    15 anybody where he goes. He just disappears. But when she
    16 talked to him on the phone today, he said that he would be
    17 home Monday, but nobody trusts that date, and that she and
    18 her sister and her brother were all going down.
    19 CONNIE – OPD: Okay. I’m, I’m putting this
    20 information in there so that, that way, the officer can
    21 call you, okay?
    22 MR. FULLER: Okay. And thank you very much.
    23 CONNIE – OPD: You’re welcome. Bye-bye.
    24 MR. FULLER: Bye-bye.
    25 (Recording ends.)
    CERTIFICATE
    I certify that the foregoing is a correct transcript from the electronic sound recording provided, and that I have no financial or personal interest in and/or for the parties involved.
    Shelly Owen H herdale, CERTIFIED Date 5 NOVEMBER 2012
    Transcriber Date