From Ken Ditkowsky;
Law enforcement is working! The Philip Esformes indictment in Florida and Seth Gillman plea of guilty in Illinois are the lodestar cases of Health care fraud as they lead directly to one of the most lucrative and prolific criminal enterprises in the United States. Here in Chicago our local miscreants are so strong that the CALL for an HONEST INVESTIGATION are fighting words. Any attorney who uses these words as is applied to judicial corruption or the massive Medicare frauds or the Elder Cleansing scandal will find himself/herself in the ‘sights’ of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. If not intimidated the lawyer will find himself/herself with a suspended law license. God Help the lawyer with a skin color that is dark. (Lanre Amu got an interim and 3 year suspension of his law license because he was caught practicing law while ‘black!’ Jim Crow is alive and kicking at the ARDC).
Jerome Larkin, the administrator of the IARDC was so convincing to his kangaroo panels that even though the judge in question never denied the charges and a respected business magazine echoed the very same charges that Amu made, Amu’s panels found by clear and convincing evidence that Amu’s charges were improper and he wrongfully accused judges of corruption. Indeed, when Lawyer JoAnne Denison echoed charges of judicial corruption and disseminated them in her blog MaryGSykes she was subjected to the very same fate!
Fake news is child’s play here in Illinois. The Constitution of the State of Illinois is a technicality to be ignored by our public officials and the Constitution of the United States is a rumor invented by Donald Trump! Indeed, whatever Jerome Larkin, the Political elite and the judicial elite says is the LAW OF THE LAND in Illinois and the fact that his utterances have no basis in reality is irrelevant. We are engaged in a great civil war against the elderly and as far as Illinois is concerned the elderly are just another commodity to be exploited!
Fortunately the United States of America is still the home of the brave and land of the free. The Justice Department’s list of indictments in health care fraud is growing. Soon, we hope they will turn their attention to some of the larger miscreants and their protectors. For instance, Philip Esformes is not unknown in Chicago and it is rumored that he and his father (and a bunch of associates) have quite a elder cleansing operation going right here in Chicago and that it is well protected by the political and judicial elite. Dr. Incompetent charging a finite number of patients for examinations that he never made is small potatoes. On a single elderly person (commodity) over a million dollars of savings and other assets can be stolen. In the Mary Sykes case 3 million dollars was allegedly stolen. In Alice Gore 1.5 million disappeared along with the gold from Alice’s teeth. *******
Criminal and Civil Enforcement
- March 24, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Northern District of Texas
- Federal Jury Convicts Doctor of $40 Million Medicare Fraud
DALLAS – Following a five-day trial before U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle, a federal jury has convicted Noble U. Ezukanma, 57, of Fort Worth, Texas, of seven counts of health care fraud offenses, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
- March 23, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice
- Miami-Based Physician Charged for Role in Pain Pill Diversion and Medicare Fraud Scheme
A physician licensed in Puerto Rico, who was practicing medicine in Miami, was charged in a 16-count indictment unsealed today for his alleged participation in a multi-faceted $20 million health care fraud scheme involving the submission of false and fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid and the illegal distribution of oxycodone and other controlled substances.
- March 23, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Northern District of Alabama
- NW Alabama Pharmacies Owner Sentenced to Six Month’s Home Confinement for Obstructing Medicare Audit; Ordered to Pay $2.5 million Fine
BIRMINGHAM – A federal judge today sentenced the owner of two northwest Alabama pharmacies to six month’s home confinement for obstructing a Medicare audit, ordered him to pay a $2.5 million fine and prohibited him from working in a pharmacy during his year on probation.
- March 23, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Western District of Wisconsin
- Osceola Nutritional Supplement Provider & CEO Sentenced
Madison, Wis. – Jeffrey M. Anderson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Gottfried Kellermann, 76, Osceola, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to a six-month period of home confinement, a $50,000 fine, and five years of probation, for intentionally violating Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments regulations. Kellerman’s co-defendant, NeuroScience, Inc., was sentenced to a five-year period of probation and a $140,000 fine for conspiring to defraud the United States. The defendants pleaded guilty to these charges on October 14, 2016.
- March 22, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Northern District of Illinois
- Chicago Chiropractor Indicted for Allegedly Billing $10 Million to Medicare and Private Insurers for Nonexistent Treatment
CHICAGO – A Chicago chiropractor with a clinic in the West Lawn neighborhood has been indicted on federal fraud charges for allegedly submitting at least $10 million in bogus claims to Medicare and private insurers.
- March 22, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Eastern District of Michigan
- Two Physicians Found Guilty For Distributing Oxycodone
Dr. Anthony Conrardy, age 61, and Dr. William McCutchen, III, age 46, were found guilty yesterday of unlawfully distributing Schedule II narcotics by a federal jury in Detroit, MI, acting United States Attorney Daniel L. Lemisch announced today. Dr. Anthony Conrardy was convicted of five counts of unlawfully distributing Oxycodone and Dilaudid, and Dr. William McCutchen, III was convicted of four counts of unlawfully distributing Oxycodone.
- March 17, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice
- Houston-Area Registered Nurse Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud Medicare of More than $5 Million
A Houston-Area registered nurse pleaded guilty today for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme that resulted in losses to Medicare of more than $5 million.
- March 17, 2017; U.S. Attorney; District of Puerto Rico
- Doctor Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison For Health Care Fraud
SAN JUAN, P.R. – Doctor Juan José Tull-Abreu was sentenced to serve 63 months of imprisonment for health care fraud, and a consecutive term of 24 months for aggravated identity theft, for a total term of imprisonment of 87 months, announced United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez.
- March 16, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Eastern District of Washington
- Spokane Area Cardiologist, Dr. Romeo Pavlic, to Pay $300,000 Resolving Alleged False Health Care Claims
Spokane, WA – Today, the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Eastern District of Washington announced a settlement agreement with Dr. Romeo Pavlic and various companies he owns. The settlement resolves allegations that for years Dr. Pavlic, a Spokane-area cardiologist, falsely billed Medicare and Medicaid by repeatedly and falsely claiming to have provided services and tests to vulnerable patients when in fact he had not.
- March 14, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice
- South Florida Home Health Owner Charged for Role in $15 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
A South Florida home health care owner was charged in an indictment unsealed today for his alleged participation in a $15 million health care fraud scheme involving fraudulent claims for home health services.
- March 14, 2017; U.S. Attorney; District of Connecticut
- Stamford Dental Office Manager Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Insurance Companies
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that ELENA ILIZAROV, 44, of Stamford, waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to one count of wire fraud stemming from her use of an identity theft victim’s personal identifying information to submit fraudulent bills to private insurance companies offering dental insurance.
- March 13, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice
- Charles River Laboratories International Inc. Agrees to Pay United States $1.8 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations
Charles River Laboratories International Inc. has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.8 million to settle claims that it violated the False Claims Act by improperly charging for labor and other associated costs that were not actually provided on certain National Institutes of Health contracts, the Justice Department announced today. Charles River is a for-profit corporation headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts.
- March 10, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Middle District of Pennsylvania
- Lancaster County Woman Guilty Of Healthcare Fraud
HARRISBURG- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Tammie Sensenig, age 45, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty March 8, 2017, before United States Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson to a criminal information charging her with healthcare fraud.
- March 7, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Middle District of Florida
- Tampa Man Pleads Guilty To Paying Health Care Kickbacks
Tampa, FL – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Anthonio Miller (26, Tampa) today pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pay kickbacks in connection with a federal health care benefit program. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.
- March 6, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice
- California Clinic Owner Sentenced to 63 Months in Prison for Role in Occupational Therapy Fraud Scheme
A rehabilitation clinic operator in Los Angeles County was sentenced to 63 months in prison today for his role in a $3.4 million Medicare fraud scheme that involved billing for occupational therapy services that were not medically necessary and not provided.
- March 6, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Southern District of Texas
- Clinic Manager Heads to Prison for Health Care Fraud
HOUSTON – The 47-year-old owner and operator of Elite P. Care Medical Services has been sentenced for her role in a health care fraud conspiracy that billed Medicare and Medicaid for more than $1 million in fraudulent health care claims, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
- March 6, 2017; U.S. Attorney; District of New Jersey
- Bergen County Doctor Convicted Of Taking Bribes In Test-Referral Scheme With New Jersey Clinical Lab
NEWARK, N.J. – A family doctor practicing in Bergen County, New Jersey, was convicted today of all 10 counts of an indictment charging him with accepting bribes in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running and elaborate scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, New Jersey, its president and numerous associates, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
- March 6, 2017; U.S. Attorney; District of Vermont
- Brandon Woman Sentenced for Medicaid Fraud
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Misti Baker, 36, of West Rutland, Vermont, was sentenced on Friday by United States District Court Judge Geoffrey W. Crawford for healthcare fraud. Judge Crawford sentenced Baker to time served plus two years of supervised release and ordered her to pay $77,306.57 in restitution.
- March 3, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice
- Unlicensed Medical Professional Convicted for Role in $1.3 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
A federal jury in Houston convicted an unlicensed medical professional who was posing as a physician yesterday for his participation in a $1.3 million Medicare fraud scheme.
- March 3, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Southern District of Florida
- Two Women Plead Guilty to Orchestrating $20 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme at Seven Miami Area Home Health Agencies
Two Miami residents pleaded guilty today to fraud charges stemming from their roles in a $20 million home health care fraud scheme.
- March 3, 2017; U.S. Attorney; District of Maryland
- Biller for Medical Equipment Provider Sentenced to Four Years in Federal Prison for Health Care Fraud, Aggravated Identity Theft and Defrauding the IRS by Failing to File Tax Returns
Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis sentenced Elma Myles, age 52, on March 2, 2017, to four years in prison, in connection with her role in a health care fraud scheme, aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy to defraud the United States for failing to file income tax returns. Judge Garbis also ordered Myles to pay restitution of $1,207,585.38 to Medicaid.
- March 3, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Western District of Virginia
- Personal Care Attendant Pleads Guilty to Making a False Statement as it Relates to a Health Care Benefit
Charlottesville, VIRGINIA – A personal care attendant, who for four years lied about the amount of hours she worked for a homebound retiree, pled guilty yesterday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville to federal false statement charges, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle and Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced.
- March 2, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice
- Third Detroit-Area Physician Pleads Guilty in $5.4 Million Dollar Health Care Fraud Scheme
A Detroit-area physician pleaded guilty today for his role in a $5.4 million Medicare fraud scheme involving phony physician visits and drug prescriptions.
- March 2, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Southern District of Texas
- All 12 Convicted in Health Care Fraud Conspiracy Involving Area Mental Health Centers
HOUSTON – A federal jury has convicted the final defendant of 12 involved in a conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks relating to the Medicare program, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. The jury deliberated for four hours following a three-day trial before convicting Cheryl Waller, 70, of Houston, of one count of conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks and one count of receiving kickbacks.
- March 1, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Southern District of New York
- Cardiologist, Neurologist, And Others Charged In $50 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme, And Civil Suit Filed Against Clinic And Participants In The Fraud
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), Scott J. Lampert, Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Regional Office of the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (“HHS-OIG”), and James P. O’Neill, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), announced today criminal and civil actions relating to a 12-year scheme to defraud Medicaid, Medicare, and other private health insurance companies out of more than $50 million. Today’s actions include the unsealing of an Indictment charging ASIM HAMEEDI, FAWAD HAMEEDI, MICHELLE LANDOY, DESIREE SCOTT, EMAD SOLIMAN, and ARIF HAMEEDI with, among other things, health care fraud, identity theft, and making false statements, and the filing of a civil fraud lawsuit against CITY MEDICAL ASSOCIATES, P.C., and ASIM HAMEEDI, among others, seeking treble damages and civil penalties under the False Claims Act for the fraudulent claims for reimbursement submitted by CITY MEDICAL ASSOCIATES to Medicare and Medicaid between 2003 and November 2015.
- February 28, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Northern District of Texas
- Sixteen Individuals Charged in $60 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
DALLAS – An indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Dallas last week, and unsealed today, charges 16 individuals with offenses related to their participation in a health care fraud scheme, announced John Parker, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
- February 24, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice
- Administrator of Miami-Area Home Health Agency Sentenced to 126 Months in Prison for Involvement in $2.5 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
Today, the administrator of a Miami-area home health agency was sentenced to a 126 month prison term for his role in a $2.5 million Medicare fraud scheme.
- February 24, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Southern District of Texas
- Jury Convicts Rio Grande Valley Area Durable Medical Equipment Company Owner of Health Care Fraud
McALLEN, Texas – A McAllen federal jury has convicted the owner of an area durable medical equipment (DME) company owner on all counts for her scheme to defraud Texas Medicaid through fraudulent billings, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. The jury deliberated for six hours following a seven-day trial before convicting Maria Garza, 41, of McAllen, on all 18 counts as charged.
- February 22, 2017; U.S. Attorney; District of Puerto Rico
- Owner Of Durable Medical Equipment Company And Three Physicians Charged With Health Care Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft
SAN JUAN, P.R. – On February 13, 2017, a Federal Grand Jury in the District of Puerto Rico returned a superseding indictment charging Dr. Dante A. Rodríguez-Rivera, Javier Efraín Siverio-Echevarría, Dr. George D. Alcántara-Cardi, Dr. Martha Nieves, Javier Antonio Aguirre- Estrada, and Carlos Maldonado-López with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud and aggravated identity theft. The defendants were arrested today, announced Rosa Emilia Rodríguez Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Scott Lampert, the Special Agent in Charge of the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS-OIG”), and Douglas A. Leff, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Puerto Rico Field Office (“FBI”).