State Agency Reviews Policies After Doctor Charged With Murder

Anthony Garcia, accused of killing four people in Omaha, trained at University of Illinois at Chicago

By nesita kwan
|  Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013  |  Updated 6:59 PM CDT
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Anthony Garcia was arrested last month, accused of the 2008 killings of four people connected to the pathology department at Creighton University. Nesita Kwan reports.

Anthony Garcia was arrested last month, accused of the 2008 killings of four people connected to the pathology department at Creighton University. Nesita Kwan reports.

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The agency in charge of granting medical licenses in Illinois is under fire for granting an license to a doctor who's accused of committing four murders in Omaha, Neb.

Anthony Garcia was arrested last month, accused of the 2008 killings of four people connected to the pathology department at Creighton University, where Garcia was a doctor in training until he was fired for exhibiting erratic behavior.

Garcia was also a doctor in training at the University of Illinois at Chicago, but lost his job there for "substandard" behavior.

A hearing was held Tuesday to help determine how Garcia managed to get his Illinois medical license despite his spotty background.

"The state's not doing all it can, or it's not equipped to do all it can to monitor the licenses of these residents," Illinois State Rep. Michael Zalewski said.

Manny Flores, the acting director of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, says Garcia simply lied on his application, which is why the agency is taking a closer look at its process.

"If you see erratic behavior, the professional's conduct gives someone a sense of concern, the regulator ought to know something about that," Flores said.

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