Friday, October 23, 2020

Bad Things that Happen in Parking Lots

Christine Hicks Thomas, 62, of Murfreesboro, faces up to five years in prison as well as $25,000 in fines and three years of supervised release. As part of her plea agreement, she has agreed “to surrender her nursing license, to surrender any interest she has in companies that bill the government for health care services, and to be permanently excluded from Medicare and Medicaid programs.”

White Coat

White coats worn by healthcare professionals signify that they have the medical knowledge and authority to provide service to their patients. Whether a doctor, dentist, therapist, or lab worker, that white coat is a reminder that they are supposed to conduct their lives and...

Not A Good Idea

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina says 46-year-old Shephard Lee Spruill II of Winterville, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud, and perjury.

Need vs. Greed

A need is something you must have to survive, such as food, water, or a roof over your head. A want is something that is nice to have, but you can actually live without it. (Like luxury items funded by government benefit programs.) The...

Modern Day Pirate

Pirates are generally known for making threats, kidnapping hostages, stealing treasure and committing murder on the high seas. While today’s fraudster didn’t threaten, kidnap or murder anyone, he did steal a small fortune from the government by committing $1.7 million in Medicaid fraud over...

Maybe They Won’t Notice

Medical advancements in recent decades have contributed to Americans living longer. The U.S. Census Bureau states that the number of people age 65 and older in the United States is just about 15 percent, increasing by 1.6 million people since 2014. (This correlates with...

Just Trying to Help Out

Two Winston-Salem men were convicted this week on federal charges that they committed more than $1 million in health care fraud through a company they started in Jacksonville, Florida.

Seems Like Forever

Criminals must be overly optimistic about their ability to carry out a fraudulent scheme, otherwise they wouldn’t be so bold in their attempts to commit crimes. However, if they would just stop for a moment and consider the consequences of their actions, there would...

Patient Dumping

When hospitals or other medical care facilities release patients to the streets instead of putting them in touch with proper social services it’s called patient “dumping.” (You may remember this recent case of a woman who was spotted wandering a Baltimore street in only...

Abandoned

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the conviction of a Pocola, Oklahoma man for Medicaid fraud. Shawn Howard pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to five years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC), with an additional 15 years suspended.

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