A Houston psychologist and her husband have pleaded guilty to tampering with mental health evaluations for peace officer candidates, a move that has left more than a dozen police agencies in the Houston area scrambling to retest officers to ensure they are fit for duty.
Carole Busick and her husband, Don Busick, a licensed professional counselor, were sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication, meaning the charges against them will be dropped if they complete the probationary term without incident. They also were ordered to each repay $8,762.50 to four agencies that had paid for their services.
The Busicks, both 67, will voluntarily relinquish their professional licenses and retire from practice, according to the plea deal reached with Harris County prosecutors.
The couple had been charged with tampering with a government document, a felony that carried a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in jail and $10,000 in fines.
They were accused of cutting corners on the exams of job candidates for peace officer positions by not performing face-to-face interviews with the candidates. The Busicks have maintained they did not know that face-to-face exams were required by the state, and did them when asked by local agencies.
Their attorney, Michael Hinton, has said the psychologist "just wants to put this behind her."
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