Robert Graor - Doctor and Embezzler
7 Hanna Court
Dr. Robert Alan Graor acquired the carriage house a 7 Hanna Court on October 1, 1993, from Newport North Shore Development. He immediately started renovating the home. Unfortunately, he was using funds illegally obtained from the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Graor was chairman of vascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. On December 12, 1994, Graor entered into a plea agreement with the State of Ohio in which he agreed to plead guilty to ten counts of theft, five of which were second-degree felonies. He admitted that he stole $1.6 million by billing Cleveland Clinic for work, travel, and related expenses already reimbursed by drug companies. His wife testified that the money was used primarily to restore the carriage house at 7 Hanna Court.
In exchange for the guilty plea, Graor was to receive a determinate sentence of three years’ incarceration. Also, the plea agreement stated that he would reimburse the Clinic by turning over his home and other assets. Graor also lost his license to practice medicine in 1995.
A former patient, Daniel Evans, the chief executive officer of Bob Evans Farms Inc., lobbied for Graor’s early release. The State of Ohio strongly opposed the release of Dr. Graor. Daniel Evans paid $500,000 for restitution. After receiving the money, Cleveland Clinic officials released the doctor from all his debts. The Cleveland Clinic wrote a letter to the parole board actively supporting the early release of Dr. Graor. The parole board released Dr. Graor from the London Correctional Institution after serving ten months without any notice to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor in December 1995.
Graor continued living in the home with his brother, a Brecksville dentist. Most of his days were spent preparing the carriage house for its eventual sale on January 24, 1997.
The state board voted to let him start practicing again in 2000, subject to a five-year probationary period.
Graor's Ohio license was permanently revoked in 2003 after the Ohio Board of Medicine found he repeatedly misrepresented his credentials to employers and associates from 1983 through 2000 that he was board certified in internal medicine. Two courts upheld the decision after Graor appealed. “Dr. Graor did not learn his lesson, as he continued to engage in lies and deceit,” wrote Ohio Common Pleas Court Judge David E. Cain in upholding the board action.
Graor obtained a New Mexico medical license in 1998 after his release from jail, but before Ohio officials gave him his license back. When New Mexico became aware that Ohio had permanently revoked his license in 2003, New Mexico officials placed Graor on probation. In 2008, the New Mexico medical board ended his probationary period, and there was no restriction on his license.
In 2012, Medicare paid $660,005 for him to treat patients in New Mexico, which gave him a license to practice in 1998.