Bonita Springs doctor accused of dumping bio hazardous waste

A Bonita Springs doctor is accused of unlawfully dumping bio hazardous waste at the Bonita Community Health Center in January.

Stephen J. Kaskie, 61, of the 10300 block of Autumn Breeze Drive, was arrested Thursday by Lee deputies. He is facing charges of disposing of hazardous waste without a permit and being in violation of probation.

On January 23, the office manager of the Bonita Community Health Center, 3501, Health Center Blvd., told deputies Kaskie was caught on video as he carried five full red bio hazard bags and left them at the facilities rear door. Kaskie is a former tenant of the Health Center, and therefore known to the office manager, arrest reports said.

A maintenance worker noticed the bags, and according to reports, he moved them to a safe location and contacted management. Needles with blood inside of them were sticking out of the bags, along with other used medical materials, reports said. Contents of the bags were labeled Regence Medical Center, 9500 Bonita Beach Road, which is where Kaskie was practicing medicine.

Kaskie has a history of abusing his license. In November 2010, he was accused of being involved in a doctor shopping scheme with a patient he allegedly knew was selling prescription drugs. He was fined and his license was suspended. According to state records, Kaskie was involved in a sex for drugs scandal in 1989 with a young woman who was addicted to pain killers. Kaskie was fined $6,000 and his license was suspended for two years.

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