From FB: An excellent Post on the Issue of Domestic Violence

From Courtney Lynn Blasiol, published with permission:

I fell asleep and woke up having a nightmare about the speech I am giving Tuesday going horribly wrong. Since it is a topic that I am passionate about I was just going to wing it but decided to jump up and prepare a speech.

Please tell me how it sounds. I don’t want it to sound formal or scripted, I want it to sound authentic and down to earth. I intend to add some unscripted conversation into it but overall I would like to follow this format. If there are typos or misspellings it is not because I am stupid or careless, it is because I am exhausted and I wrote this with a migraine so I can’t even hardly see what I am writing due to my visual aura disturbing my vision.

Please don’t be harsh. I wrote this in like 5 minutes. I have written anything important since I was in college, my writing skills are rusty to say the least, my public speaking skills are nonexistent. 😉

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Hi, thank you for allowing me to speak to you for a few minutes about domestic violence from a survivior’s perspective. All of you are on the frontlines of this battle. You have the very challenging task of responding to these calls and responding in a manner that keeps women and children safe. I do understand that men can be abused as well but since 95% of interpersonal violence is perpetrated against women I am going to speak about that.

My brother used to be a deputy in Caroline County so I have been able to hear about the challenges of these calls. Not only are they difficult to evaluate but they are some of the most dangerous calls you can go on. I do not envy your position at all, and as a survivor I am grateful for the job you do. I am going to give you a little information that you may find helpful, you may not but as a survivor they are things we want you to know.

I think perhaps one of the most important issues is bias. We all have biases, we don’t even realize it sometimes, these biases frequently lay just below the surface of our concious thought and we do not intend any harm with them but they can be dangerous when trying to make a determination if dv did occur or not. When it comes to DV there are a few dangerous biases that can happen.

The first one is that false accusations of abuse are rampant. They aren’t. Women make false accusations less than 2% of the time, I believe the actual number is 1.8%. So if a woman is saying abuse occurred it is most likely true. On that same note many abusers will play the victim and accuse the real victim of being the abuser. This is a common tactic of DV abusers to silence their victims. To complicate the situation further, the victim may have harmed the abuser, there may be marks, but it was very likely self defense. To illustrate this, back in October of 2011 my husband at the time took my 4 children hostage when I was out of the house taking a breather. It had been a long rough day parenting my little 9 month old who had been extremely clingy and I had needed about an hour of time to restore myself. My husband did not like this, he wasn’t an active participant in parenting and he took offense to me getting some time to myself and leaving him to care for the children. As a punishment he locked them all inside our master bathroom and told them all that “mommy was coming back to kill them”. They knew the truth but they were fearful of him and kept quiet. When I returned home my house was quiet. WIth four kids it was usually loud and lively. I could not find the children. I searched everywhere calling their names. Finally I approached the master bedroom and the door was locked. My husband wouldn’t open the door and he wouldn’t answer me, I started to cry and beg. He finally came out and told me that I was “(insert expletive) insane and that I was a harm to myself and others”…remember this was all because I took an hour to drive to Starbucks and come back. For 45 minutes I called for my children to answer me. They didn’t. I finally gave my husband a warning that I would have to call the police if he didn’t show me that the children were okay. He knew that I was panicked. As I was dialing 911, he walked up behind me and hit me hard across the back of my head and took the phone out of my hand and threw it to the ground, shattering it. Our baby was in his arms and she kept reaching out to me crying “mama, mama, mama!” and he wouldn’t let me touch her, every time I attempted to he would slap my hands away. As he towered over me (he is 6’4) screaming at me and poking his finger into my forehead, he eventually had me cornered in our kitchen…within reach of our knives. I saw his eyes darting back and forth between me and the knives and at one point his arms reached towards the knives…I slapped him. I was NOT abusing him, this was self defense and I knew that it would startle him momentarily allowing me to push past him to run upstairs to my other children. I didn’t make it far, he set our daughter on the floor and pushed me to the hardwood floor and then turned my body around, slammed my head to the ground, restrained my wrist, spit on me, and told me he was calling the police. When the older children came out of the room crying he left me alone, I gathered up the children and left for a week. While I was gone he would send me harassing texts that the sheriff’s department was looking for me. During that week he told people we knew and posted on my facebook profile that I had “punched him in the face with our baby in our arms, just missing the baby’s head.” Had the sheriff’s office been called that night and a deputy responded it would have been a very confusing situation to walk in on. I am certain my husband would have told them the story he told his friends and posted on my facebook wall, but it would not have been true. Yes, I did slap him, with an open hand, but it was in self defense, not out of anger and/or aggression. These things are very, very different. Always be mindful of the potential of this happening when you respond to a call.

Another bias I have run into since leaving is the bias of socioeconoimic status. I never actually called the sheriff’s dept on my husband so I can’t say that the deputies responded with this bias but the court system has. I have been told multiple times by officials in the court system that affluent and educated men don’t abuse their wives or children. I am here to tell you that they do and it is easier for them to get away with it because most people think of an abuser as a guy in a “wife beater shirt” sitting in a lazy boy chair sipping beer after beer. This is a dangerous misconception! Just because there is a BMW parked in the driveway of the large fancy house of the call you are responding to does not mean that the well dressed and well spoken man who opens the door is not abusing his partner. Abuse cuts across all social classes! But because of this bias, women in higher socioeconomic classes actually have a harder time escaping from their abuser.

And the last misconception/bias is the one that the victim/abuser dad gives off themselves by their emotional states. I can only speak from my own experience and the experience of many other victims that have shared their stories with me but let’s just say…not everything is as it seems. Odds are that when you make contact with the couple, the female is likely to be upset, crying, maybe even screaming in hysterics. She may be hostile as well. The other party is likely to be calm, charismatic, charming, maybe even using humor to laugh off his partner’s current emotional state insinuating that she is a “few cards short of a full deck” and prone to dramatics to get her way. He will have excuses for whatever she may have told you. He will seem believable, she may not. You will perhaps think that she is just one of those crazy women calling the police to manipulate or punish her partner. Tread cautiously. I urge you to please try to convince her to reach out to a domestic violence center, give her the number, you can even give her my number, she can text me, I will do everything in my power to get her help. She will probably not present well and will not be very likable but please don’t judge her credibility based on this. Victims live in a primal survival mode, in this mode we are operating off of our ancient reptilian brain, we don’t have higher thought, we are not very likable in this mode. But this is how we operate when we are in fear. This should actually be a red flag that something did occur.

While I have your attention I would like to talk to you about one more thing…strangulation/choking. If a woman tells you that she has been choked/strangled…PAY ATTENTION! Strangulation is the biggest predictor of future homicide. According to Casey Gwinn at the strangulation training institute “If a man strangles a woman once with his hands, he is 800 percent more likely to later kill her than a man who assaults a woman but does not strangle her.” There are other lethality risks (presence of stepchildren, presence of guns, suicidal threats, presence of substance abuse, presence of mental illness, etc) but strangulation is the primary one and something you all need to pay close attention to. I don’t know how it is here in Hanover but I was told in Caroline that they can only arrest for strangulation if there are marks…in 50% of strangulation cases there will NOT be marks but you can look for other indicators. One is a raspy/hoarse voice. Often victims may use the bathroom on themselves involuntarily. Also petechiae (little red pinprick marks) around the eyes or under her eyelids may be present. A victim strangled to unconsciousness suffers internal brain damage and often long-term health consequences but may have no external marks at all. Any observations you document will be key in prosecution if he is charged and goes to trial. Not only is it important for the victim for these men to be identified it is important for you, it is a matter of life or death for you as it has been found that 50 percent of all police officers killed in the line of duty are killed by men who have previously strangled women. please learn all you can about strangulation and its lesser known indicators, try to focus less on the presence or absence of bruises around the neck and on other indicators that may be present. Make sure to add any signs you see to your reports, the more the better. Make sure the victim receives medical help immediately, before you leave the call,
She may have survived but she can die hours or even weeks later from swelling of the tissue inside her throat or fluid build up in the lungs caused by the strangulation. It is important to let her know what grave risk she is at by staying with a partner who strangles her. To quote Casey Gwinn again: “Men who strangle women are the most dangerous men on the planet.” and to quote his colleague Gael Strack: “Strangulation is the last warning shot.” You can save many lives by being diligent in a case where a victim says she was choked/strangled.

Thank you for the work you do, it is important work, it is brave work. Thank you for risking your own lives to protect ours.

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From FB: a great news story and article on how the states must step up oversight on elder abuse and guardianship abuse

https://www.ktnv.com/news/contact-13/state-adds-more-oversight-to-protect-vulnerable-citizens

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) – Thanks in part to a Contact 13 Investigation, the state is stepping up to help protect our most vulnerable residents.

Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears has new information in her ongoing expose of a system that many say fails to protect those who need help the most.

Our series of reports prompted the Nevada Supreme Court to take a serious look at how the guardianship system was failing. One of the key recommendations – create a permanent Guardianship Compliance Office to support and protect the rights of people under guardianship.

Today the Nevada Supreme Court announced Kathleen McCloskey will run the new office. McCloskey previously worked for Nevada Aging and Disability Services.

Her first task will be hiring an investigator and forensic financial specialist to help courts overseeing guardianship cases.

Our investigation revealed heart-wrenching stories where loved ones were isolated from family. Houses were sold without court approval and entire life savings were drained away.

The Guardianship Compliance Office will also set up a toll-free hotline where anyone who suspects abuse or exploitation in a guardianship case can report those concerns.

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From FB: I am pleased to announce Guardianship abuse is finally making the mega media.

Excellent new documentary on Guardianship has been released by award-winning filmmaker Billie Mintz (Jesus Town USA, National Geographic) Coming soon to a theater near you, and in real-life, guardianship is coming to you too, if you don’t protect yourself and your loved ones.

https://vimeo.com/166043022/ <– Click on this link to view trailer

From Comments: Orange County, Cal. Hoag Hospital patient suffers horrific abuse

From a commentator:

Exactly the same scheme found in Orange County CA. between hospitals in the area. Hoag Hospital, the newly privatized acute care facility, Shlomo Rechnitz’s Mesa Verde (that prescribed pain meds right before he was creatively transferred to Hoag that mysteriously disappeared, but that Medicare paid for without question), transferred to Kindred Hospital Westminster with an unnecessary tracheotomy which was purposely left in over 21 days to jack up remuneration and hold him captive, and finally the facility (Pacific Haven)whose Kindred employed doctor finally killed my Dad by reducing his blood pressure using black boxed, unnecessary antibiotic in the fluroquinalone group (not to be given to those with prolonged QT interval or naturally low blood pressure-both of which my Dad has), “he might be getting pneumonia” with unneeded tylenol to dehydrate. After he died, he was discovered after nearly a 2 week delay of his autopsy by Pacific Haven cooperative Omega Society to still have alcohol and Ritalin in his blood in “nontherapeutic” amounts. Of course that means they were once in therapeutic amounts. This was not reported to authorities by the new Regional Autopsy group because it was in nonthereutic amounts, even though he was flushed with enormous amounts of fluids at Pacific Haven after his kidneys failed, to wash him out. So much so, that while he was still alive, he was oozing fluids from every pore on his body, leaving him in a puddle at death. From A to Z this was a homicide coverup. And it was a RICO organised crime. Now we are being sued by Kindred Hospital for nonpayment of Dad’s illegal bill while he was in “captivity” at that hospital. They are now trying to assign the CEO of Kindred, Julie Meyer, to be the new trustee to handle my Dad’s probate (conflict of interest much?). They are also deposing my elderly 93 year old Mom in an attempt to assign a guardian to her and to remove her from the family. We can find no lawyer to go up against Kindred, and now we know why…it is a huge case of organised crime involving the most powerful people in Orange County. We finally filed murder charges after being told we couldn’t…since everyone is getting kickbacks it seems. My Dad left Hoag with a moderate amount of DRGs and the number exploded at Kindred. We can only assume his case was hung in the doctors’ lounge/office at Kindred, because he ended up having over 30 doctors seeing him (literally seeing him…leaning in the doorway and just looking at him followed by $180 to 250.00 bills for every doctor for every day he was there). Hundreds of thousands in doctor’s bills and millions in hospital bills. My Dad got Medi-Cal approved the day before he was murdered by Pacific Haven and we are still trying to get the cash back from them that my Mom paid back for months while awaiting approval. Even our lawyer seems to be part of the problem. This is not the way I had planned on spending my retirement, to be sure! My poor Mom is totally beaten up! We babyboomer kids are also elders in or 60s and 70s, so it is elder abuse on every level. I am hoping we can break up this evil bunch of scoundrels as well.

From Joanne:

I have sent this person a corruption horror story form to fill out.  I will let everyone know when I learn more about this case.  I have asked him or her to fill out my guardianship/elder abuse corruption horror story form.  You can find that here:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6FbJzwtHocwMEZSNGpuTEFGQjA

We will continue to send a synopsis of these forms out to the authorities, congress and the white house.  Still no word from any of them.  over 30 murders and persons at risk, but not a peep from the white house, the FBI, states attorneys, anyone.  It’s sad.

Also, please pray for Barbara Stone and that she be immediately released.  I will be contacting her friends for more information on her case.

Peace,

Joanne

From the NYT: a beautiful love story and they’re in their 90’s!

 

while probate court is stealing lives and money and destroying families in many unresolved cases already published on this blog, some stories are on the other end==hope and love and life even into  their 90’s.

now I want you to note it did take them 8 years to marry, and she did have to propose, but then again, for true love time stands still

Gertrude Mokotoff and Alvin Mann were introduced eight years ago at a gym in Middletown, N.Y., where they still work out twice a week.

“A mutual friend said to me, ‘I’d like you to meet a very nice young lady,’” Mr. Mann recalled after chopping wood one recent morning at his mountaintop home in nearby Cuddebackville, N.Y.

On their first date, he drove her to a restaurant in Middletown called Something Sweet. “He was a perfect gentleman,” she said, and he added, “There was something about her that made me want to keep on talking.”

In a heartbeat, they became an item, talking about dreams and goals and sharing a life together.

Mr. Mann, who had seen the world through the eyes of a young United States merchant seaman, returned from troubled seas and found enough peace and quiet in Cuddebackville to focus on getting a college degree. Ms. Mokotoff, five years his senior, had designed a home on a high ridge in Middletown and was eager to fill it with good company.

“I kept getting teased about dating a cougar,” Mr. Mann said, laughing. “But the age difference never really bothered me because we just hit it off, and I wasn’t about to let her go.”

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He held on tighter with each passing season, and then in June, after one of their many late-night drives home from the Metropolitan Opera House in Manhattan, she decided to buck tradition.

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The bride showing off her garter at the reception. After one late-night drive home, she decided to buck tradition. “I asked him to marry me,” the bride said. “I was tired of chasing after him.” CreditJustin Gilliland/The New York Times

“I asked him to marry me,” she said with a chuckle. “I was tired of chasing after him.”

He obliged her on Aug. 5 at Middletown City Hall, where they exchanged vows before Mayor Joseph DeStefano and 50 family members and close friends. (Fred Fox, the bride’s older brother, who lives in Los Angeles, could not attend but sent along best wishes to his little sister.)

When their guitarist began strumming “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” Ms. Mokotoff, clutching a small bouquet of white roses, emerged from a side room and began walking slowly toward her future husband, his eyes welling with tears.

Everyone in the old courtroom was smiling, especially Father Time.

“This is like an early birthday gift,” Ms. Mokotoff said before joining hands with Mr. Mann.

She was looking ahead to Aug. 20, a day when the newlyweds will most likely have to work together to blow out the candles on Ms. Mokotoff’s birthday cake — all 99 of them.

“So I’m 99, 98, it’s just a number,” Ms. Mokotoff said. “But today, I’m still 98, right? So let’s not rush things.”

Mr. Mann, who is 94 and received a bachelor’s degree in history last year from Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., agreed that when it comes to being old as opposed to feeling old, the numbers don’t always add up the same.

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“Age doesn’t mean a damn thing to me or to Gert,” the groom said. “We don’t see it as a barrier. We still do what we want to do in life.” CreditJustin Gilliland/The New York Times

“Age doesn’t mean a damn thing to me or to Gert,” he said. “We don’t see it as a barrier. We still do what we want to do in life.”

Long before they were introduced in the gym, the lives of Ms. Mokotoff, a former mayor of Middletown, and Mr. Mann, a retired businessman, had fully taken shape.

Both are widowed from previous marriages, and they have seven children, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren between them.

“People always ask what it is that keeps us young,” Mr. Mann said. “Of course, one part of it is medical science, but the bigger part is that we live worry-free lives; we do not let anything we cannot control bother us in the least.”

Ms. Mokotoff, who was born in Brooklyn in 1918 to Anna Fox and Abraham Fox, a tailor, graduated from Brooklyn College and received a master’s degree in biology from Columbia.

As a 23-year-old in 1941, she married Reuben Mokotoff, a cardiologist from Manhattan, where they lived until 1952. She then persuaded him to relocate his practice to Middletown, where Ms. Mokotoff would become a wildly popular and well-regarded figure.

For more than three decades, she was a biology professor, teaching medical technology and microbiology, at Orange County Community College, in Middletown, where she is now a trustee. She also started the first training program for electron microscopy technicians, all while raising four children.

Instead of simply retiring in her late 60s, Ms. Mokotoff decided to give politics a try and was twice elected an alderwoman in Middletown, winning her second election by a single vote.

She went on to become City Council president, and in 1989, at age 71, she became Middletown’s first female mayor, serving back-to-back two-year terms. (She later ran unsuccessfully for New York state senator.)

As mayor, she was credited with spearheading the creation of a modern library in town, and for refurbishing and revitalizing the old Paramount Theater, which was built in the 1930s.

She had been married for 61 years at the time of her husband’s death in 2002.

“My mother has always been a very bold woman,” said the bride’s oldest child and maid of honor, Susan Mokotoff Reverby, 71, herself retired after a 34-year career in women’s and gender studies at Wellesley.

“She always had an interest in helping other people,” Ms. Reverby said. “Despite being a Democrat in a largely Republican town, she was still elected mayor, which gives you a pretty good idea as to how people around here felt about her.”

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After the ceremony, the couple and their guests met at the John’s Harvest Inn, a nearby restaurant where the reception was held. CreditJustin Gilliland/The New York Times

Mr. Mann was born in Manchester, N.H., on May 24, 1923. The son of Mae Mann and Hyman Mann, an insurance executive, he joined the war effort in 1943 as a 19-year-old, eventually serving as a second engineer aboard cargo ships, tankers and troop ships during World War II.

“It was a scary time,” he said. “There were other ships sinking all around us. I was one of the lucky ones who was able to come home.”

Already married by the time he was honorably discharged in 1947, he opened a business in Manhattan, Temporary Office Services Inc., that provided short-term secretarial and clerical help to other businesses.

In 1960, Mr. Mann, who said he “could never stand living in the city,” purchased his country home in Cuddebackville, in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, which he calls “a little piece of heaven.”

Mr. Mann’s first marriage, which lasted 20 years before ending in divorce, produced his only biological child, Mark Mann, now 71, who served as best man.

His second marriage, to Maybelle Kart, an art historian and artist from Great Neck, N.Y., who had two daughters, lasted 45 years until her death in 2007.

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“From here on out it’s just the two of us, together, for the remaining days of our lives,” the groom said when asked about their plans after marriage. CreditJustin Gilliland/The New York Times

Last year, Mr. Mann became the oldest person to graduate from Mount St.Mary College. The college also awarded him an honorary doctorate this past May. At 93, he drove 80 miles round trip twice a week for nearly two and a half years to accrue the 30 credits needed to obtain a degree he had started working on in his 70s, while he owned another home in Tequesta, Fla. He racked up 60 credits at nearby Palm Beach State College, and 30 more at Florida Atlantic University, before finishing up at Mount St. Mary.

“We studied many historical events like World War II and the Vietnam and Korean Wars, but this was stuff I had actually lived through,” Mr. Mann said. “No wonder I aced most of my exams.”

Keith Schuler, who has been Mr. Mann’s neighbor for the past 20 years, called him “an inspiration, and an incredible human being.”

“This man is 94 years old, and I see him outside chopping down trees, dragging logs out of the woods with his old Ford tractor, stacking firewood and cutting the grass,” Mr. Schuler said. “Then I see him and Gert running around like two high school sweethearts, holding hands and kissing, and driving to New York City on weekends. If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t believe it.”

Mr. Schuler was on hand at City Hall for the ceremony, which he called “a once-in-a-lifetime event,” along with other guests who ranged in age from Ms. Mokotoff’s 7-month-old great-grandson, Jack Handman, to the bride herself. (Ms. Mokotoff would have been the second-oldest person at her wedding if her older brother, Fred, 103, had been able to attend.)

During the ceremony, the groom entertained his guests with several stories about his new bride, including her first-ever sleepover at his home.

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“People always ask what it is that keeps us young,” Mr. Mann said. “We live worry-free lives; we do not let anything we cannot control bother us in the least.” CreditJustin Gilliland/The New York Times

“We had spent the whole day together, and at night, I set up the bedroom for her, and I was going to be in the next room,” Mr. Mann said. “She gets into the bed, and I say good night and start walking out, and she says, ‘Where are you going?’”

After exchanging vows and wedding rings, the couple were showered with applause, well wishes and hugs, as several of the guests began to cry.

“Their enthusiasm is contagious and their certainty of a destiny together is inspiring,” said Mayor DeStefano, who is Ms. Mokotoff’s political protégé. “We ask that the vision they have for one another always reflects the attraction that first brought them together,” he said before pronouncing them husband and wife.

After the ceremony, Mr. Mann managed to slip out a back door and, moments later, reappeared in front of City Hall, behind the wheel of his red Toyota Corolla. As the guests began spilling onto the sidewalk, he stepped on the gas pedal and zipped past them down the street, noisily dragging soda cans tied to the back bumper below a sign that read “Just Married.” He took it for a spin around the block before returning to pick up his new wife.

“This is fabulous,” said Charles Mokotoff, the bride’s son, an internationally known classical guitarist who lent his musical talents to the ceremony.

Shortly thereafter, the couple and their guests resurfaced at John’s Harvest Inn, a nearby restaurant where the reception was held.

Just before dinner, the bride raised the roof, and the groom’s eyebrows, when she sat in a chair and hiked up her wedding dress just above her knee to reveal that she was wearing a garter.

“Very nice,” Mr. Mann said, his cheeks turning as red as his Corolla. “I must admit I like it.”

The groom was then asked how his life might change now that he’s a married man, again.

“Nothing is going to change,” said Mr. Mann, taking his wife’s hand as he spoke. “We’ve already done so much together, and let’s face it, we both know that neither of us are likely to find anyone else,” he said with a grin. “So from here on out, it’s just the two of us, together, for the remaining days of our lives.”

From KKD: Why isn’t Morris Esformes also up for trial? He was part of all of this.

SNF owner led record $1 billion Medicare fraud ring, authorities say

The owner of more than 30 Miami-area nursing homes and assisted living facilities has been charged with leading a national record $1 billion-plus Medicare fraud scheme. Also accused in the alleged sprawling conspiracy that involved fraudulent placement and billing for thousands of beneficiaries were a hospital administrator and a physician’s assistant.Philip Esformes Philip Esformes

At the center of the storm is Philip Esformes, who is accused of illegally shuffling residents in and out of his facilities, even enticing drug addicts with illicit opioids to go where directed. Esformes, Odette Barcha and Arnaldo Carmouze were each indicted for conspiracy, obstruction, money laundering and healthcare fraud, federal prosecutors announced Fridaymorning.

“This is the largest single criminal healthcare fraud case ever brought against individuals by the Department of Justice, and this is further evidence of how successful data-driven law enforcement has been as a tool in the ongoing fight against healthcare fraud,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell (left) of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

The conspirators allegedly admitted unqualified individuals into Esformes’ skilled nursing and assisted living facilities and billed Medicare and Medicaid inappropriately for services, dating back to at least 2002. The trio also allegedly received kickbacks to send beneficiaries to mental health and home health care providers, who also allegedly performed medically unnecessary treatments. Kickbacks were hidden as charitable donations and sham lease payments, officials say.

Esformes, 47, is no stranger to authorities. He paid $15.4 million in 2006 to resolve civil federal healthcare fraud claims for “essentially identical conduct,” officials noted at a press conference Friday. The conspirators continued with more sophisticated means to launder money and at least temporarily hide Esformes’ identity from investigators, they added. Ultimately, advanced data analysis and forensic accounting techniques by the FBI and Office of Inspector General led to the unraveling of the alleged scheme, officials said.

Esformes defense attorneys Marissel Descalzo and Michael Pasano issued a statement Fridaydeclaring his innocence.

“Mr. Esformes is a respected and well-regarded businessman. He is devoted to his family and his religion,” the statement said. “The government allegations appear to come from people who were caught breaking the law and are now hoping to gain reduced sentences. Mr. Esformes adamantly denies these allegations and will fight hard to clear his name.”

Prosecutors filed papers Friday in an effort to detain Esformes before trial. His detention hearing is set for Aug. 1according to the Miami Herald.

“The conspirators were ruthlessly efficient,” the Justice Department’s Caldwell said. They allegedly paid bribes and kickbacks to keep patients nearing Medicare stay limits rotating to other corrupt providers, she added (see government graphic at right).

“Among the thousands of people cycled through the fraudulent network were, for example, drug addicts who were allegedly prescribed opioids – including OxyContin and Fentanyl – and other narcotics in order to entice them to stay in facilities where they didn’t belong,” Caldwell said.

Esformes is charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly trying to fund another co-conspirator’s flight out of the United States so that he could avoid trial in Miami, authorities said. They claim he wrote numerous checks to help fly the individual to Israel.

In a separate case, Esformes and his father, Morris Esformes, agreed to pay $5 million to settle a federal whistleblower lawsuit just six days before it was to go to trial in 2013. They were charged with accepting a multi-million dollar kickback from pharmacy giant Omnicare in 2004. The kickback allegedly came as part of a $32 million payment for Total Pharmacy, which was partially owned by Philip Esformes. In exchange for the money, Omnicare secured pharmacy contracts with two dozen nursing homes affiliated with the Esformeses, the suit charged.

From Ken Ditkowsky–the Barbara Stone case is a horror show–demand her immediate release today

Barbara is a true heroine and should be reinstated with honors as an attorney in both New York and Florida.

She showed what the system was–money grubbing, despicable and onerous.

From Ken Ditkowsky:

The Barbara Stone case is representative of the ELDER CLEANSING/HUMAN TRAFFICKING SCANDAL and illustrative of the corruption and total disregard for America’s core values that has become an epidemic amongst our ‘ruling class!    The elite are so used to ignoring us – the great unwashed – that the South Florida POLITICAL ELITE fresh from victories over the public in the condominium scandal feel empowered to run roughshot over any who oppose their dictates.
Like all scandals the ‘power players’ all have ‘warts’ and some of the good guys do and say things that are bad strategy, bad form, and downright stupid.     The Political elite HAVING THE UNDYING LOYALTY of their knee jerk supporters and the media thus frame the aggreived in the worst possible light.   So obnoxious and amoral are the elites that they and their supporters have no compunction and no conscience  – they can even rationalize the killing for profit of 12 elderly residents of the Hollywood Hills nursing home and blame Governor Scott for the carnage.   The fact that that so as to rob Medicare of a few dollars these miscreants nursing home operators could not transport (or call 911 for the town of Hollywood Florida to transport) the helpless elderly a few yards across the street to safety.   The fact was that transporting the victims across the street to a safe environment would have cost the operators of the nursing home a few dollars and THEY HAD TO WEIGH the safety of their human commodities over the dollar loss – the dollar loss won!   12 people died.
We have the very same situation in the guardianship of Helen Stone and the persecution of Barbara Stone.      We just do not approve of overt discourtesy toward our revered institutions, its servants, or law enforcement.   We believe we are a NATION OF LAWS and even though every one else is a ******, we have to uphold a STANDARD.   Dissenting  – does not mean descending into immaturity and they very type of conduct that is exhibited by the corrupt Political elite.    We, the great unwashed are better than that!
Now let’s look at the facts.   Helen Stone, an elderly human commodity, became an object of profit for a corrupt guardian and jurist who were actively pursing ELDERLY HUMAN TRAFFICKING.     She  (Barbara Stone)  interrupted the isolation and dehumanization process of her mother and did so openly and notoriously.   As has been disclosed on numerous blogs once a human trafficking victim falls under the control of the ELDER CLEANSERS that individual has to be stabilized.   To obtain maximum HEALTH CARE DOLLARS and the greatest Medicare payment the most efficient warehousing technique is the goal.  Opioids are routinely employed to induce a ‘zombie’ effect, but while these chemicals are performing their function i is necessary to address nutrition and delivery of services.    
Routinely therefore the opioid serviced individual is fitted with a feeding tube and a Cather so that bodily functions do not require too much human attention.    Thus, nutrition and excretion require minimum costs are substantially reduced and other services also reduced to their lowest common denominator.   For instance, physical therapy does not require a technician –  wheeling the elderly person into the hallway meets the criteria and a hours PT can be billed to Medicare at full rates.  The cost to the facility is nominal.  
Barbara Stone, interrupted the orientation of her mother.   She without warning and permission removed her mother from the feeding tube routine and demonstrated the falsity of the medical authorizations for the same.  She took her mother out to a restaurant and enjoyed a meal with her.   The entire orientation process approved by the Court was demonstrated to be FRAUDULENT and by her action Barbara Stone jeopardized the economic prospects of the Judge, the guardian and other members of the Political elite.     The entire guardianship for profit scenario was placed in jeopardy!
This aforesaid act by Barbara Stone was so reprehensible that the Judge was duty bound to extract the most harsh penalties against Stone and make an example of her so that such travesties would not occur in the future.    Ms. Stone resisted and worse yet formed alliances with the some of the most radical individuals – these individuals lost all sense of proportion – some demanded HONEST INVESTIGATIONS and one of said individuals exposed on her blog (MaryGSykes) judicial corruption.
As I personally am one of the miscreants who objects to the HUMAN TRAFFICKING in the Elderly by those who prosecute Barbara Stone and other who object, Governor Scott, President Trump I as a member of the great unwashed demand an HONEST INVESTIGATION and the restoration of the Equal Protect of the Law to all citizens including the elderly and the disabled.
From Joanne:
It turns out there is absolutely no evidence, no clinical study that a feeding tube and catheter is better than feeding a patient who so desires, any food they want. (see prior blog post on this).  But it is routine in nursing homes to plunk down a tray and pick it up 15 minutes later.  Joy Ketelhut, in observing the feeding of her mother at Warren Barr Nursing Facility in downtown Chicago, noted one day she was late to feed her mother.  So she asked one of the nurses there about her mother’s meal and why wasn’t she being fed?  The answer, a huge lie, “oh she ate earlier”–but then she found her meal on the cart, untouched with her name on it.
Every years thousands of elders in nursing homes are admitted to hospitals due to malnourishment and dehydration, my nursing friends tell me.  Sometimes it’s on purpose because the hospital needs to fill beds.  If a nurse complains or files a complaint, they are fired on the spot and blackballed.  No one ever investigates the malnourishment and dehydration of an elder in a nursing home.
Similarly, I am told they often die.  Funeral directors must fill out a “condition of the body” report.  These reports are filed and no one does anything with them, I am told by funeral directors.
No one cares about the elderly and disabled, if it weren’t for the blogs.
The sad part is, the ARDC is fighting this blog.  See my prior post where they claim this blog is a lie, I make judges and attorneys cry when I call them on the carpet for perfidy and mendacity in the probate courtroom.
This is not my job.  I’d love to return to engineering and patents and all that fun stuff, but I will not and cannot when there are seniors and disableds at risk and attorneys at the ARDC like Larkin, Opryszek and Smart patently allow our elders and the disableds to be abused.
Barbara Stone is a heroine. She showed how her mother did not need a feeding tube.
She took her mom out for shopping and a meal and the two were happy.
But this interfered with the state’s plan to medicate, isolate and then terminate her for her money.  Go look at the Stone dockets I recently posted. It’s all about the money.  All the money items are sealed.  Reported the brother stole some $600k from Mom, and I see that’s not resolved either, tho it was years ago.
Barbara Stone must be immediately released and Roy Lustig and the crooked judges who put her there should be disbarred and removed from office.
Joanne