Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Terminally Fraudulent

A former doctor from Anaheim was sentenced to nine years behind bars for falsely certifying that Medicare patients were terminally ill, and thus qualified for hospice care, when the vast majority of them were not actually dying.

Family Enterprise

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Callista Suzena Chiwocha, of Okemos, Michigan was sentenced in U.S. District Court to ten years in prison for conspiring to defraud the government by filing false tax returns, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge.

Medicare Manicures

Ocala podiatrist Dr. Michael Rotstein, 55, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of healthcare fraud. Rotstein billed Medicare and TRICARE for a service that he called “removal of skin and muscle,” but which federal prosecutors said often was just “routine foot care, including the clipping of toenails.”

Not So Quick and Easy

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Store owner sentenced to 15 months in prison for food stamp fraud” posted on BizTimes.com. One of three Milwaukee residents charged in a $1.2 million food stamp fraud scheme has been sentenced to 15 months in prison, according to federal court records.

Reversal of Fortune

Some nine million members and veterans of the nation’s military services receive medical coverage from a U.S. government program called TRICARE. It’s a system built on trust — making it an easy mark for seasoned South Florida pharmacist Serge Francois, prosecutors say. Francois, 51, stood trial over the past month on charges of fleecing tens of millions from the taxpayer-funded military program to buy the former Broward County mansion of Hollywood megastar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Family Farm Fraud

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “3 Bacon County farmers to pay federal crop insurance program $675,000 in false claims settlement” published by The Florida Times-Union.

Johnny-on-the-spot

Dr. John H. Johnson, an Altoona anesthesiologist, entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to defraud Medicare and Medicaid and failure to remit payroll taxes for employees of his doctor’s office and a local car wash business, Johnny On The Spot.

In the Grand Scheme of Things

The self-proclaimed “Grand Sheik” of a Moorish temple in Chicago was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Friday for defrauding the IRS out of $3.2 million.

In Deeper Than He Thought

The owner of a string of Houston home health care clinics was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison Thursday for a brazen scheme involving more than $17 million in fraudulent Medicaid and Medicare billing.

Breaking Records

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Corrupt Pakistani doctor sentenced to 23 years in prison, could be deported” posted on mlive.com. A Metro Detroit doctor, who immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan to practice medicine, was sentenced to 23 years in prison after being convicted of crimes related to a massive prescription pill fraud scheme he orchestrated.
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