The passenger that was in the shocking United Airlines video has been revealed. And he has a LOT of skeletons in his closet.
Dr. David Dao is indeed a doctor that specializes in lung disorders. He is 69-years old, his wife is also a doctor, and he has five children — two doctors and two medical school graduates — and he is a grandfather. He was a semi-professional poker player and has won $234,664 since 2006.
He had been suspended from his practice in 2003 after testing positive for illicit drug use. He was charged with illegally obtaining and trafficking controlled substances.
Oh, and he also faced felony charges for providing Oxycontin to a 26-year old patient in exchange for gay sex.
He was indicted in October 2003, then convicted in November 2004 of felony counts of obtaining drugs by fraud or deceit. He was sentenced in January 2005 to two years and eight months for each felony conviction. He also received 5 years probation.
It was his wife, Dr. Teresa Dao that reported him to the medical board about his illicit activities in the first place. She did stand by her man, though.
As a matter of fact, she was with him on the United flight.
The father of five, who has won sympathy globally over the incident, was given a suspended jail sentence for illegally obtaining and trafficking controlled substances by fraud and deceit.
He was also found to have engaged in sex with a male patient- Brian Case, who he knew from the church they both attended – and then supplied him with drugs, including Oxycontin, in exchange for sexual favors.
The sexual liaisons, which happened in motel rooms, were recorded by undercover agents. He paid $200 in
cash each time he met Case.
Case said he believed that Dr. Dao wanted to hook him on drugs so he would keep meeting him for gay sex.
Dr. Dao was arrested when Case agreed to go undercover. Even when he was caught with his shirt off and pants unbuckled, he denied he was there for gay sex with Case.
The secret sex and drugs life of the doctor first came to light in July 2003 when police alerted the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure of the allegations against him…
…His wife Dr. Theresa Dao, who was with him on the ill-fated flight, has stood by him.
She first alerted the medical authorities about her suspicions of her husband’s involvement with a patient.
In 2015, his medical license was partially re-instated with restrictions placed on his access to patients.
The findings were revealed by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure in June last year and stipulated that monitoring had to be continued of the doctor’s behavior.
Read more: Daily Mail
When Dr. Dao sues United, (as he likely will) do you think that United Airlines will use this information against him?
If they do, will it make even more of a PR nightmare than they already have?
United has lost a whopping $800 million in value as shares continue to plummet in the wake of the ‘re-accommodation’ incident.
Let us know what you think in the comments.