Friday, March 16, 2018

What Can You Buy with $20 Million?

A registered nurse and home health company owner has been convicted of conspiracy and multiple counts of healthcare fraud in a $20 million dollar scheme to defraud Medicare.

What’s Behind Door #1, #2 and #3?

Myrna S. Parcon, a/k/a “Merna Parcon,” 62, of Dallas and Ransome N. Etindi, 57, of Waxahachie, Texas, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle for their role in a nearly $60 million Medicare fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Part of the Solution

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General press release entitled, “Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to $234,000 Government Theft.” A Patrick County, Virginia man, who stole more than $230,000 from the Social Security Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services in disability benefits to which he was not entitled, pleaded guilty in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Danville.

Crystal Ball

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Hermosa Beach ‘Psychic’ Sentenced For Tax Fraud,” posted on A Hermosa Beach man who is a self-proclaimed psychic was sentenced to six years in federal prison and his wife received two years behind bars for a filing fraudulent tax returns and passing bad checks in an effort to pay of their debts.

Dying to Defraud

Dr. Nathaniel Brown, 62, of Cleveland, Mississippi, was sentenced before United States District Judge Neal B. Biggers, Jr. in Oxford, Mississippi. Dr. Brown was sentenced to serve thirty-nine (39) months in federal prison followed by three (3) years supervised release and ordered to pay $1,941,254 in restitution to the Medicare program.

Infusion Fraud

An Orlando medical doctor and an infusion clinic owner were sentenced to 64 months in prison and two years supervised release, and 90 months and two years supervised release, respectively, for their roles in a $13.7 million Medicare fraud conspiracy that involved submitting claims for expensive infusion-therapy drugs that were never purchased, never provided and not medically necessary.

Reaping All the Benefits

The owner of a landmark Lake Norman restaurant was sentenced to eight months in prison followed by eight months of confinement in his Mooresville home for attempted tax evasion. Peter Gjuraj, 49, owner of the Blue Parrot Grill on N.C. 150 West in Mooresville, admitted to hiding about $2.8 million in income and filing false returns.

Not a Peep

DORIS S. PITCHER, age 66, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge James J. Brady to theft of government funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641. As a result of her conviction, PITCHER faces a potential prison term of up to ten years as well as restitution.

Bagging Fraud

A Parkland business owner has been convicted of food stamp fraud after an investigation involving undercover agents from the Department of Agriculture and FBI. Elias Estephane, who owned two specialty meat stores, faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $10,000,

Big Boo Boo

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Phenix City resident convicted of stolen identity fraud ring that sought $26 million,” posted on A Phenix City resident was convicted by a federal jury for stealing the identities of soldiers, state prisoners and teenagers in a scheme that sought $26 million in false tax returns.
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