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Chiro in Jail after Conviction for Medicare Fraud, Witness Tampering Chiropractic care has been become a very competitive field. Most chiropractors compete by trying to offer the best quality care possible. And then there is Devin Thauberger of Louisville. Not satisfied with the money he was making from his practice, Thauberger decided to dabble in Medicare fraud.
Whistleblowers from Wells Fargo are coming out of the woodwork. Finally someone is listening. For years, some whistleblowers have been trying to tell the world about all the financial mismanagement at America’s third largest bank ($1.8 trillion in assets, 265,000 employees). We, of course, have always listened but getting folks to come forward is difficult.
Dr. Asad Qamar and his cardiovascular practice, the Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence PLLC, filed for bankruptcy protection this week. The bankruptcy comes on the heels of a failed attempt to settle two whistleblower lawsuits alleging Medicare fraud. Dr. Qamar claims that the bankruptcy will stay the fraud charges.
As soldiers, veterans or protective service contractors, you pride ourselves on the services you provide to our nation. The government pays hundreds of billions of dollars each year to defense contractors and private security companies. While the VA struggles to provide services to our nation’s warriors, some defense contractors are living high on the hog.
Hugo Chavez, former Venezuelan strongman, rose to power after the public became fed up with decades of corruption. Instead of improving things, many say the public corruption got worse. Chavez’ life was cut short by cancer. He died in 2012. Prior to his death, however, Chavez radically changed how business operates in Venezuela.
After the financial meltdown in 2007 and 2008, Congress began carefully scrutinizing many banking practices. Loan officer compensation schemes were identified as one of the contributing factors to the crisis that gripped he nation. Subsequent legislative fixes included provisions in the SAFE Act, Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA).
On New Years day, we posted an extensive piece on Reverse Mortgage Fraud. In that post we listed three companies that were recently the target of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Those companies are American Advisors Group, Reverse Mortgage Solutions and Aegean Financial. Aegean also goes by the name Jubilados Financial.
Tenet Healthcare is no stranger to fraud. It wasn’t that long ago that the for-profit hospital chain paid a record $514 million fine to the government. That case involved paying kickbacks for patient referrals. The patients in that case were pregnant, undocumented Hispanic women. Some thought the case ended when the company and its subsidiaries paid the record fine. It didn’t.
What do Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Bernie Sanders have in common? The answer? They all think that big pharmaceutical companies put profits before patients. Before the election, Hillary’s website had this to say about the pharmaceutical industry, “Her plan will demand a stop to excessive profiteering and marketing by denying tax breaks for direct-to-consumer advertising a ...
If you are reading this post and don’t know what “force placed insurance” is, we are happy for you. Unfortunately, millions of Americans know the term all too well. When you finance the purchase of a home, your lender requires the home be insured. If your home is destroyed by a flood, fire or earthquake, the bank wants to be sure it will still get paid. We have no problem with that.
“Boston Strong” State Recovers $80 Million from MassHealth Fraud Schemes On paper, it looks like 2016 was a great year for MassHealth fraud recoveries. State officials claim they have recovered $80 million. That number is a bit misleading, however. While we certainly praise the efforts of the Massachusetts Attorney General and the Massachusetts Medicaid Fraud Division, thei ...
More Convictions in Venezuela Foreign Bribery Scheme January 19, 2017 by Brian Mahany Two US Citizens Convicted of Foreign Bribery Related Charges Involving Venezuela’s National Oil Company. Two more Americans have been convicted in for participating in a scheme to obtain contracts from the Venezuelan national oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela SA. (PDVSA)*.
Book Review SAINTS, SINNERS, AND HEROES – Covert Ops in the War against the C-Suite Mafia, author Brian Mahany Link to original source (166K) The ultimate whistleblower handbook, featuring numerous real life examples and case studies. By one of America’s most visible whistleblower attorneys. Author and multi-billion-dollar lawsuit-winning lawyer Brian Mahany opens his infor ...
Pharmaceutical Whistleblowers – The WAR on Big Pharma Begins January 17, 2017 by Brian Mahany Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders Agree that Big Pharma Must Rein in Prescription Drug Costs Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are about as polar opposites as two politicians can be. Sanders is a “tax the rich” liberal Democrat.
Merriam Webster defines the term “spin doctor” as “a person responsible for ensuring that others interpret an event from a particular point of view.” Usually when we think of spin doctors we think of politicians. Both major political parties seem to have elevated “spinning” to an art form. The political types have nothing on Wall Street, however.
There was a interesting article in today’s New York Post. Titled “Banks Pump Up,” the article contained a cleverly photoshopped graphic of the faces JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon and Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan superimposed over the torsos of body builders. Moynihan’s left bicep has an “I love Trump” tattoo. Some big businesses are happy to have Trump in office. That includes big banks.
Los Angeles Doctor Sues Molina Healthcare Over Medi-Cal Reimbursements by Ana B. Ibarra | Link to original source (114K) Los Angeles-area doctor is seeking class-action status for a lawsuit against Molina Healthcare, saying the insurer owes him thousands of dollars for caring for Medi-Cal patients under the Affordable Care Act. The lawsuit was filed on Dec.
2016 was a banner year for the SEC and Department of Justice. The SEC paid out record whistleblower awards. The Department of Justice had its third best year under the False Claims Act. It paid over $500 million in whistleblower awards. Perhaps the biggest whistleblower news, however, was the record number of awards for information about bribery of foreign officials and accounting irregularities.
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