In keeping with tradition, more FL frauds on Medicare

Department of Justice
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 14, 2014
Two Arrested in Illegal Kickbacks Case Involving Clinical Laboratory Testing

A Florida man who is already facing health care fraud and money laundering charges in federal court in Tampa was arrested again today, along with the owner of a health care marketing company, in an alleged illegal cash-for-patients kickback scheme involving clinical laboratory testing.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III of the Middle District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge Paul Wysopal of the FBI’s Tampa Field Office, and Special Agent in Charge Derrick Jackson of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Miami Regional Office made the announcement.

David Brock Lovelace, 44, of Land O’ Lakes, Florida, and Dale B. DuBois, 61, of Melbourne, Florida, were arrested on a criminal complaint charging them with conspiracy to defraud the Medicare program and pay illegal kickbacks.  Lovelace was charged by indictment in May 2014 with health care fraud and money laundering offenses in a case pending in the Middle District of Florida.  After being arrested in that case, Lovelace was released on bond and ordered not to commit crimes or engage in any occupation relating to the health care services industry.

According to allegations in the criminal complaint filed in the new case, Lovelace and DuBois, a managing member of Healthcare Marketing Florida LLC, paid cash kickbacks to purported medical clinics in Miami-Dade County, Florida, in exchange for DNA test samples and patient information.  Lovelace and DuBois then allegedly provided the test samples and patient information to laboratory companies for their submission of reimbursement claims to Medicare for clinical diagnostic laboratory services.  Over the past 14 months, Lovelace has allegedly received more than $675,000 from one of the laboratory companies for the samples.

The charges contained in a complaint or indictment are merely accusations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the FBI and HHS-OIG and was brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, under the supervision of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.  This case is being prosecuted by Senior Trial Attorney Christopher J. Hunter of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section.

Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, now operating in nine cities across the country, has charged nearly 2,000 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $6 billion. [emphasis added]  In addition, the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, working in conjunction with the HHS-OIG, are taking steps to increase accountability and decrease the presence of fraudulent providers.

To learn more about the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Team (HEAT), go to: www.stopmedicarefraud.gov.

 

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Get well quickly, Justice Ginsberg; we need your rocking dissents.

For Immediate Release For Further Information Contact:
November 26, 2014 Kathleen Arberg (202) 479-3211

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a coronary catheterization procedure this morning at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center to place a stent in her right coronary artery. The coronary blockage was discovered after Justice Ginsburg experienced discomfort during routine exercise last night and was taken to the hospital. She is resting comfortably and is expected to be discharged in the next 48 hours.

 

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.@BarackObama: Pardon John Kiriakou; punish torturers, not whistleblowers

Congress: Pardon John Kiriakou | Defending Dissent Foundation

Outgoing Congressman James Moran D-VA this week called on President Obama to pardon whistleblower John Kiriakou, calling him an “American hero.” …

Kiriakou is the only CIA agent to be jailed over the torture program, none of the agents who actually engaged in torture have been charged for their crimes.

Here is Moran’s statement, entered into the Congressional Record … [as it appears in linked article]

I rise today to ask for a Presidential pardon 
for John Kiriakou. Mr. Kiriakou is an American hero. A 15 year CIA 
veteran, he was decorated and recognized more than a dozen times for 
his outstanding work in the always-demanding intelligence world, served 
in dangerous Middle East posts and helped lead the team in Pakistan 
that captured our first high value Al Qaeda target during the biggest 
coordinated operation in Agency counter-terrorism history.
  John Kiriakou is also a devoted family man to his wife and five 
children, a church-going member of the Greek-American community, a 
best-selling author and a serious-minded former Congressional foreign 
policy aide.
  John Kiriakou is a whistleblower, as well. The first American 
intelligence officer to officially and on-record reveal that the U.S. 
was in the torture business as a matter of White House policy under 
President Bush. In confirming what the American media and policymakers 
were hearing whispered--that waterboarding and other enhanced 
interrogation techniques were a matter of standard military and 
intelligence procedures--he helped begin an intense and overdue debate 
over whether torture violated international law, tarnished our higher 
American principles and undermined the critical need for reliable, 
actionable information.
  And John Kiriakou is a convicted felon, serving a 2\1/2\ year plea 
bargained sentence in a Pennsylvania federal prison. The charge against 
him is violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, whereby 
John answered a question from a U.S. reporter who was duplicitously 
fronting for lawyers defending Al Qaeda prisoners held at Guantanamo 
Bay and in the process unintentionally confirmed the classified 
identity of a CIA colleague. A colleague who, by the way, was being 
erroneously labeled as an enhanced interrogation techniques torturer.
  All four of these realities about John are intertwined. He is not a 
spy nor a turncoat, he did not sell secrets to an enemy or act to hurt 
U.S. national security. But John did shine a critical spotlight on a 
CIA practice that many wanted kept in the shadows and he did challenge 
the authority of those who authorized, oversaw, and encouraged the use 
of waterboarding and other acts of torture. And he did this with the 
moral authority of someone who served inside the intelligence world, 
refused an invitation to be trained in waterboarding and other like 
methods, knew and loved the rank-and-file men and women who sacrifice 
family life, safety, and prosperity for the mission of gathering and 
assessing secrets that might threaten American interests and lives.
  The real issue here is the extremely selective prosecution of John 
and the ongoing efforts to intimidate him from talking about our 
intelligence community's misfires. Even former CIA Director Leon 
Panetta now concedes he accidentally revealed classified information to 
the writer of Zero Dark Thirty, but faces no legal ramifications. Jose 
Rodriguez, the CIA's former head of the Clandestine Service, admits to 
deciding without any legal authorization to erase videotapes of torture 
sessions so they could never be used in U.S. courts, but has never been 
forced to answer for this destruction of evidence.
  Whatever John's misdeeds--and he admits that answering that 
reporter's questions was ill-advised and naive--he has more than paid 
for them. After fifteen years of service to his country, the personal 
risks and costs of a life in the intelligence world, the legal double-
standard applied, and now two years in prison John Kiriakou deserves a 
Presidential pardon so his record can be cleared, just as this country 
is trying to heal from a dark chapter in its history.

via Congress: Pardon John Kiriakou | Defending Dissent Foundation.

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@NationalBar calls on @TheJusticeDept to file federal charges

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National Bar Association
November 24, 2014
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THE NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION RESPONDS TO THE GRAND JURY’S DECISION NOT TO INDICT POLICE OFFICER DARREN WILSON IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF MICHAEL BROWNWASHINGTON, DC – The National Bar Association is questioning how the Grand Jury, considering the evidence before them, could reach the conclusion that Darren Wilsonshould not be indicted and tried for the shooting death of Michael Brown. National Bar Association President Pamela J. Meanes expresses her sincere disappointment with the outcome of the Grand Jury’s decision but has made it abundantly clear that the National Bar Association stands firm and will be calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to pursue federal charges against officer Darren Wilson. “We will not rest until Michael Brown and his family has justice” states Pamela Meanes, President of the National Bar Association.President Meanes is requesting that the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri not allow this decision to cause an unnecessary uproar in the community that could lead to arrests, injuries or even deaths of innocent people. “I am asking for everyone to remain as calm as possible and to join in solidarity as we continue to support the family of Michael Brown and put our legal plan into full effect” says President Meanes  “I feel the  magnitude of the grand jury’s ruling as Ferguson, Missouri is only minutes from where I reside”, adds President Meanes.

Over the last couple of months, the National Bar Association has  hosted Town Hall meetings informing  attendees of their Fourth Amendment (Search & Seizure) constitutional rights, whether it is legal to record police activity, and how citizens should behave/respond if and when they interface with police officers. “The death of Michael Brown was the last straw and the catalyst for addressing issues of inequality and racial bias in policing, the justice system, and violence against members of minority communities,” states Pamela Meanes.

The family of Michael Brown requested that District Attorney McCullough step aside and allow a special prosecutor be assigned to the investigation to give the community confidence that the grand jury would conduct a complete and thorough investigation into the tragic shooting death of 18 year old Michael Brown. The grand jury’s decision confirms the fear that many expressed months ago — that a fair and impartial investigation would not happen.

“The National Bar Association is adamant about our desire for transformative justice. While we are disappointed with the grand jury’s ruling, we are promoting peace on every street corner around the world. The only way to foster systemic change is to organize, educate, and mobilize. We are imploring everyone to fight against the injustice in Ferguson, Missouri and throughout the United States by banding together and working within the confines of the law,” states President Meanes.

For complaints related to Ferguson, please contact the FBI 24 Hour Hotline at 314-589-2500.

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Fixed Fortunes: Biggest Corporate Political Interests Spend Billions, Get Trillions

Susan Chandler:

Unfortunately, in addition to subsidies, government contracts, etc., those billions also bought immunity from prosecution for unsafe/deadly working conditions, the ability to pollute at will, unreasonable rights to profit privately from publicly owned resources, inroads to cornering markets through mega-mergers, free reign to charge usurious interest rates, and much, much more. Our politicians didn’t sell themselves. They sold us.

Originally posted on Aware & Fair:

The Sunlight Foundation has mined the data and crunched the numbers. Yup. Big corporations are making incredible returns on their investment in politics.
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Fixed Fortunes: Biggest Corporate Political Interests Spend Billions, Get Trillions

After examining 14 million records, including data on campaign contributions, lobbying expenditures, federal budget allocations and spending, we found that, on average, for every dollar spent on influencing politics, the nation’s most politically active corporations received $760 from the government. The $4.4 trillion total represents two-thirds of the $6.5 trillion that individual taxpayers paid into the federal treasury.

Welcome to the world of ‘Fixed Fortunes,’ a seemingly closed universe where the most persistent and savvy political players not so mysteriously have the ability to attract federal dollars regardless of who is running Washington.

Sunlight Foundation

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FL gerrymandered districts only part of the election-stealing story

Read here: The trove of redistricting documents the Florida GOP fought to keep secret – SaintPetersBlog

On a quiet Sunday before Thanksgiving, and Black Friday only days away, Florida politicos received a wonderful early Christmas present.

With the release of over 500 previously secret documents, a clear picture emerges as to why a Circuit Court judge ruled that the GOP-controlled Florida Legislature violated state laws on redistricting.

via Read here: The trove of redistricting documents the Florida GOP fought to keep secret – SaintPetersBlog.

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Gerrymandering districts is only one ploy Florida Republicans used to make the recent election unfair.

To keep untold thousands away from the polls, Governor Rick Scott destroyed Charlie Crist’s semi-automated felon rights restoration process. Unlike Crist, Scott is afraid of voters of color.

Crist was a Republican when he signed the rights restoration process into law. It wasn’t perfect; the requirement of each cabinet member’s signature caused a backlog of tens of thousands of persons having completed the conditions of their release from prison.

Now, even first time felons with no history of violence have little hope now of having their rights restored, ever, although they can begin the complicated process five to seven years after completing the conditions of release.

The media should be harping on delayed rights restoration’s crippling costs to Florida taxpayers … not only do the former felons have to be tracked on paper on the taxpayers’ dimes for no logical reason, they are statistically far more likely to reoffend than those whose rights have been restored.

This – then – is a public safety issue, a civil rights issue, and a a fiscal responsibility issue, none of which those in the pocket of the Prison Industrial Complex care about, including Rick Scott.

The Prison Industrial Complex and the politicians they’ve purchased are picking our pockets while making us less safe, and while engineering future elections outcomes so that they can keep picking our pockets and making us less safe.

 

 

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SOS: Save Our Southern Trees

 

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