Bay Area prison psychiatrist suspended after making $800,000

SOLEDAD — A California prison psychiatrist who was paid more than $800,000 last year is under investigation and suspended amid allegations that time records were falsified, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Dr. Mohammad Safi's pay in 2011 included more than $503,000 in on-call pay to make sure he was available to respond quickly to emergencies, the San Jose Mercury News said (http://bit.ly/SUPTK8 ).

Safi, 54, is a supervising senior psychiatrist at a Department of State Hospitals facility within Salinas Valley State Prison in Monterey County. He lives in Newark, about 100 miles from the prison.

Safi was suspended in July with pay. His lawyer, Edward Caden, said Safi was forced to volunteer for many on-call shifts when others refused.

"He was the manager," Caden said. "He had to do it."

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