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January 28, 2010 at 10:41 AM

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Medical license of Clearly Lasik co-founder suspended by state

Posted by John de Leon

Dr. Michael Mockovak, charged with trying to kill his business partner and a former employee, has been ordered to stop practicing medicine in Washington by the Medical Quality Assurance Commission and the state Department of Health. His license to practice medicine was also suspended.

Mockovak has been charged with two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder in King County. Mockovak was allegedly willing to pay more than $100,000 to have Clearly Lasik co-founder Dr. Joseph King and former company President Brad Klock killed, according to charging documents.

Mockovak surrendered his license to practice medicine in Oregon based on the criminal charges against him in Washington. He also agreed to stop practicing medicine there and to never apply for a health care license in Oregon.

Mockovak may request a hearing to challenge the Washington medical commission's charges and license suspension.

According to a King County Superior Court filing, Mockovak "complained bitterly" to a police informant about plans by King to leave Clearly Lasik. Mockovak told the informant that he believed King had a $5 million life insurance policy with either Mockovak or Clearly Lasik listed as beneficiaries, charging papers said.

Authorities say that Mockovak provided the informant with a nearly poster-sized photo of King, 42, and his family. He also gave the informant details of King's vacation plans and exercise habits. Mockovak believed the informant was hiring Russian mafia hit men to kill King, the court filing said.

Mockovak is also accused of soliciting the murder of Klock, Clearly Lasik's former president, according to documents filed by King County prosecutors. Klock was appealing his job termination in court and Mockovak wanted him "eliminated," according to the prosecutor's filing.

Mockovak was arrested in November.

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