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Hearing set for psychologist's license

A.J. Casey

There’s an update in a case WNIN News has been following for the past year and a half. 

More than forty-four years after it was issued, Bloomington psychologist Albert Fink’s license to practice psychology in Indiana could be revoked at a hearing later this month.

Following his felony conviction last year for falsifying a mental evaluation in a Vanderburgh County criminal case, the Indiana Attorney General has now filed an administrative complaint with the Indiana Psychology Board. The complaint asks for punishment that could cost Fink his license.

Dr. Fink voluntarily surrendered his license to practice psychology as part of his plea agreement in the felony case last August. However, the license is still listed as active in the Indiana professional licensing database.

The complaint notes that there was no record of Dr. Fink ever seeing Caleb Loving, despite filing a report that found Loving competent to stand trial. 

The complaint says, in part, “Respondent's conduct in undertaking an assignment from Vanderburgh Circuit Court to complete a competency evaluation, falsifying the report in order to complete that assignment, and having been convicted of Felony Obstruction of Justice based upon the falsified report, Respondent failed to render services within generally accepted ethical principles of the psychology (profession) and failed to maintain an awareness of his personal and professional liabilities."

The complaint also asks that Fink be required to pay all costs incurred in prosecuting his case.  The hearing before the Indiana Psychology Board is set to take place May 11.

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