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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Separatists in southern Yemen rally for independence - YouTube

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Separatists in southern Yemen rally for independence - YouTube

British naval ship pulls into Havana - YouTube

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British naval ship pulls into Havana - YouTube

South African HIV activists try to shift focus to prevention - YouTube

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South African HIV activists try to shift focus to prevention - YouTube

Moldovans vote, may slow moves to integrate with Europe - YouTube

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Moldovans vote, may slow moves to integrate with Europe - YouTube

Raw: Police Face Down Students in Hong Kong - YouTube

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Raw: Police Face Down Students in Hong Kong - YouTube

Mayor: Wilson won't receive severance - YouTube

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Mayor: Wilson won't receive severance - YouTube

Do white people not "get" Ferguson? - YouTube

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Do white people not "get" Ferguson? - YouTube

Ferguson: Media faced tear gas, rocks - YouTube

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Ferguson: Media faced tear gas, rocks - YouTube

The good & the bad of Ferguson coverage - YouTube

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The good & the bad of Ferguson coverage - YouTube

Rev. Al Sharpton: 'The Fight Ain't Over' - YouTube

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Rev. Al Sharpton: 'The Fight Ain't Over' - YouTube

Local Militia Members Provide Security on Ferguson Rooftops | The Federalist Papers

Local Militia Members Provide Security on Ferguson Rooftops | The Federalist Papers

Five threats to the EPA’s climate rule | TheHill

Supporters and opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon regulations for power plants talk about the benefits and costs as if enactment of the new standards is inevitable. 

But there are still many steps that have to be taken at the federal and state level to meet the Obama administration’s goal of slashing power plants’ carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030.



Five threats to the EPA’s climate rule | TheHill

The GOP's strategy to block Obama’s regs | TheHill

The GOP is preparing to mount a full-scale assault on President Obama’s regulatory agenda, using the party’s strengthened hand in Congress to delay, soften or block contentious administration rules at every turn. 

As long as Obama sits atop the executive branch, Republicans’ power to derail scores of rulemaking efforts now under way is limited. But control of both the House and Senate in the next Congress will enable GOP lawmakers to ratchet up their attacks on what they view as overzealous regulation. 



The GOP's strategy to block Obama’s regs | TheHill

Raw: Clashes in Egypt After Mubarak Verdict - YouTube

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Raw: Clashes in Egypt After Mubarak Verdict - YouTube

NFLer on his viral Ferguson essay - YouTube

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NFLer on his viral Ferguson essay - YouTube

The candidates for Secretary of Defense - YouTube

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The candidates for Secretary of Defense - YouTube

Darren Wilson goes into deep hiding - YouTube

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Darren Wilson goes into deep hiding - YouTube

CNN poll: Americans optimistic, but ... - YouTube

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They're protecting Baghdad from terrorism - YouTube

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They're protecting Baghdad from terrorism - YouTube

St. Louis mall overrun by protesters - YouTube

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15 arrested overnight in Ferguson - YouTube

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Darren Wilson Just Got MASSIVE Boost to Get Back on His Feet | The Federalist Papers

Darren Wilson Just Got MASSIVE Boost to Get Back on His Feet | The Federalist Papers

You Won't Believe How Many Guns Were Sold on Black Friday! | The Federalist Papers

You Won't Believe How Many Guns Were Sold on Black Friday! | The Federalist Papers

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Becoming a combat soldier in 90 seconds #IDFStyle - YouTube

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See CNN's New Definition of ‘Racism; It’s BEYOND Ridiculous! | The Federalist Papers

See CNN's New Definition of ‘Racism; It’s BEYOND Ridiculous! | The Federalist Papers

Darren Wilson, Ferguson Officer Who Shot Michael Brown, Resigns | TheBlaze.com

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The white police officer who killed Michael Brown has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, nearly four months after the confrontation that fueled protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation.



Darren Wilson, Ferguson Officer Who Shot Michael Brown, Resigns | TheBlaze.com

Photo: Police officer and young demonstrator share hug during Ferguson rally in Portland | OregonLive.com

Photo: Police officer and young demonstrator share hug during Ferguson rally in Portland | OregonLive.com

2016 retirements could complicate Dems' comeback plans | TheHill

Democrats hope to take back control of the Senate in 2016, but their plans could be complicated by potential retirements.
The two Democratic senators most likely to retire are Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who represent both sides of the party’s ideological spectrum. 


2016 retirements could complicate Dems' comeback plans | TheHill

Senate Democrats add Mark Warner to leadership team | TheHill

Senate Democratic leaders are promoting business friendly moderate Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia to their leadership team, where he will counterbalance rising liberal star Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the third-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership, announced Friday that Warner will serve as a policy development adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.


Senate Democrats add Mark Warner to leadership team | TheHill

Dark days ahead for ObamaCare | TheHill

The Obama administration is facing a slew of healthcare challenges as the winter holidays approach. 
While this fall has been a far cry from last year, when HealthCare.gov was melting down, 2014 has brought wholly unexpected problems to the fore for federal health officials and the White House. 


Dark days ahead for ObamaCare | TheHill

NYT Journalist Posts Darren Wilson's Address; | The Federalist Papers

NYT Journalist Posts Darren Wilson's Address; | The Federalist Papers

Melbourne Man Pleads Guilty to Producing of Child Pornography

FBI Tampa Division Press Release:


Melbourne Man Pleads Guilty to Producing of Child Pornography

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeNovember 26, 2014
  • Middle District of Florida(813) 274-6000
ORLANDO, FL—United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces that Eugene Edward Hudome (60, Melbourne) has pleaded guilty to using a minor to produce images of child pornography. He faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years, up to 30 years, in federal prison. Hudome’s sentencing is scheduled for April 2, 2015.
According to the plea agreement, in 2003, Hudome used a camcorder to produce pornographic images of a female minor. In 2014, he uploaded at least two pornographic images of female minors onto his Microsoft SkyDrive account, after which Microsoft notified law enforcement. Agents subsequently executed a search warrant at Hudome’s residence and recovered a video, 170 CD/DVDs, and a computer, all of which contained pornographic images of minor victims. Agents also located additional child pornography on other electronic devices and storage media. During an interview with the agents, Hudome admitted that he had produced the pornography of the original female minor victim sometime in 2003, as she slept in his residence. He further admitted to subsequently converting the images from videotape to digital media.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew C. Searle.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visitwww.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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Edinburg Carjacker Sentenced to Federal Prison

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Edinburg Carjacker Sentenced to Federal Prison

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeNovember 26, 2014
  • Southern District of Texas(713) 567-9000
MCALLEN, TX—Edinburg resident Stephen Santos, 28, has been sentenced to 108 months in federal prison for carjacking, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Santos pleaded guilty Oct. 4, 2011, to taking a motor vehicle from a male victim with the intent to cause death and serious bodily harm by the use of force, violence and intimidation.
Today, Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa handed down the nine-year sentence and further ordered he pay $4,868.62 in restitution to the victim in the case. Santos will also serve a three-year-term of supervised release following completion of that sentence. Judge Hinojosa had previously heard testimony from the victim of the carjacking, including how Santos ordered the victim out of the car at gun point and pointed the gun at the victim’s son.
On May 31, 2011, the victim and his 10-year-old son were departing a residence in Edinburg when Santos wedged his foot into the driver’s side door of the vehicle. Santos pointed a pistol at the victim while ordering him and his son out of the car. Prior to fleeing the scene in the victim’s vehicle, Santos pointed the pistol at the boy and directed the 10-year-old to leave his laptop in the car.
Santos has been in custody where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prison facility to be determined in the near future.
The investigation leading to the charges against the defendant was conducted by the FBI with the assistance of the Edinburg Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) Joseph Leonard and former AUSA Grady J. Leupold prosecuted the case.
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San Antonio, Texas Mexican Mafia Member Arrested and Charged in Connection with Three Murders

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San Antonio, Texas Mexican Mafia Member Arrested and Charged in Connection with Three Murders

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeNovember 26, 2014
  • Western District of Texas(210) 384-7100
In San Antonio this morning, FBI agents arrested 36–year-old Texas Mexican Mafia (TMM) member Ruben Reyes (aka “Menace”) in connection with the alleged murders of three high ranking TMM members announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division.
A federal criminal complaint filed today charges Reyes, a former TMM Lieutenant of Lieutenants, with one count of using or discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, specifically, violent crimes in aid of racketeering (VICAR). According to the complaint, on January 13, 2014, Reyes shot and killed TMM “Captain” Mark Anthony Bernal (aka “Lefty”), TMM “General” Carlos Chapa (aka “Worm”), and TMM “Lieutenant of Lieutenants” Johnny Solis (aka “Smiley”) for their alleged mishandling of approximately $60,000 and making poor decisions in regards to the TMM daily operations. The complaint further alleges that Reyes transported and buried the bodies of Bernal, Chapa and Solis in Pearsall, TX.
Reyes, who remains in federal custody, faces between ten years and up to life in federal prison upon conviction. This complaint resulted from an investigation conducted by the FBI together with the San Antonio Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division, Bexar County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
A criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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Trio Charged with Sex Trafficking

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Trio Charged with Sex Trafficking

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeNovember 26, 2014
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania(215) 861-8200
Kevino Graham, 33, Brian Wright, 38, and Renato Teixeira, 24, of Philadelphia, PA were charged today by indictment with two counts of sex trafficking by force, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.
According to court documents, between May 2009 and August 2013, the defendants ran a striptease club and brothel, which they called “Passionate Touch,” at a property they leased in the Cathedral Park section of Philadelphia. It is alleged that Graham ran the club while Wright collected the money and Teixeira helped to recruit females to work for the venture and posted prostitution advertisements for the females. It is further alleged that between on or about September 1, 2011, through on or about January 31, 2012, the defendants engaged in acts of force, threats, fraud and coercion to cause young women to engage in prostitution.
If convicted, each defendant faces a mandatory minimum term of 15 years in prison with a maximum possible sentence of life, a fine of up to $500,000, at least five years of supervised release, and a $200 special assessment.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Philadelphia Police Department Special Victims’ Unit and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Morgan.
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FBI Offers Reward of Up to $5,000 for Information Leading to the Arrest of Baffour E. Opoku

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FBI Offers Reward of Up to $5,000 for Information Leading to the Arrest of Baffour E. Opoku

FBI NorfolkNovember 26, 2014
  • Public Affairs Specialist Christina Pullen(757) 609-2687
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Baffour E. Opoku, who is wanted on federal charges related to his role in an alleged scheme to defraud the Virginia Medicaid program. A warrant was issued for his arrest by the United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division on October 22, 2014, but he has not been apprehended. Anyone with information concerning this person is asked to contact the Norfolk FBI office at (757) 455-0100.
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Opoku is the owner and operator of Progressive Counseling Services LLC, a Virginia Beach-based counseling business. He and nine other current and former employees were indicted on October 22, 2014, by a federal grand jury for their alleged roles in the health care fraud scheme. Criminal indictments are only charges and not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.
This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office; the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Virginia Attorney General’s Office; Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); the IRS-Criminal Investigations Division; and the Department of Labor, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations.
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Miami Home Health Agency Owner and Operator Pleads Guilty for Role in Multiple Medicare Fraud Schemes

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Miami Home Health Agency Owner and Operator Pleads Guilty for Role in Multiple Medicare Fraud Schemes 

U.S. Department of JusticeNovember 26, 2014
  • Office of Public Affairs(202) 514-2007/TDD (202) 514-1888
WASHINGTON—An owner and operator of a Miami home health care agency pleaded guilty today in connection with a long-running $6.2 million Medicare fraud scheme involving Professional Medical Home Health LLC (Professional Home Health), and similar schemes at two other Miami home health care agencies.
Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer of the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro of the FBI’s Miami 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.
Ernesto Fernandez, 48, of Miami, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud before U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris M. McAliley of the Southern District of Florida. According to his plea agreement, Fernandez also agreed to forfeit $9,061,867, which represents the proceeds traceable to his criminal conduct. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 3, 2015.
According to admissions in his plea agreement, Fernandez was an owner and operator of Professional Home Heath, a Miami home health care agency that purported to provide home health and therapy services. He was also the owner and operator of two other South Florida home health agencies. At each of these companies, Fernandez and his co-conspirators billed the Medicare program for expensive physical therapy and home health services that were not medically necessary or were not provided. Fernandez admitted that he caused patient documentation to be falsified, managed and supervised personnel, and planned, organized and oversaw the submission of fraudulent claims submitted to the Medicare program.
Fernandez also admitted to being a patient recruiter for all three home health agencies. In that capacity, Fernandez recruited patients for the agencies in exchange for kickbacks, knowing that the agencies would bill the Medicare program on behalf of these recruited patients for expensive home health and therapy services that were not medically necessary or not provided.
Fernandez was the eighth defendant to plead guilty in connection with the fraudulent schemes at Professional Home Health. Earlier this month, five other defendants charged in this case also pleaded guilty. Dennis Hernandez, 32, Jose Alvarez, 48, and Joel San Pedro, 44, all of Miami, and Alina Hernandez, 38, of West Palm Beach, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Juan Valdes, 37, of Palm Springs, Florida, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and receive health care kickbacks. Sentencing hearings for these five defendants are set for Jan. 29, 2015.
Earlier this year, two additional individuals pleaded guilty and were sentenced in connection with the same scheme. Annarella Garcia, an owner of Professional Home Health, was sentenced to serve 70 months in prison. Annilet Dominguez, an administrator of Professional Home Health, was sentenced to serve 68 months in prison. Both were also ordered to pay $6,257,142 in restitution.
This case was 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 the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. This case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Anne P. McNamara 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. 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 Action Team (HEAT), go to: www.stopmedicarefraud.gov.
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Meth Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

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Meth Dealer Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeNovember 26, 2014
  • District of Nevada(703) 388-6336
LAS VEGAS, NV—A local man who possessed over two kilos of methamphetamine in his car and another 4½ kilos of methamphetamine in a rented storage locker in Las Vegas, has been sentenced to 121 months in prison and five years of supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden for the District of Nevada.
John Ortega, 25, of Las Vegas, was sentenced on Tuesday, Nov. 25, by Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro. Ortega pleaded guilty in August to one count of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of money laundering.
According to the court records, law enforcement investigators learned in early 2013 that Ortega was supplying kilo quantities of methamphetamine to co-defendant Keith Alcos, of Honolulu, Hawaii. In August 2013, investigators obtained information that on Aug. 21, Alcos and two other co-defendants, James Richardson, Jr., and George Flores, were traveling from Honolulu to Las Vegas to obtain methamphetamine. Investigators conducted surveillance of the defendants when they arrived in Las Vegas, and detected phone calls between the co-defendants and Ortega. On Aug. 25, they followed Ortega from his residence to a storage facility, where Ortega entered a storage unit and left with a black bag. Investigators conducted a traffic stop on Ortega’s vehicle and during a search of the vehicle, recovered approximately two kilos of methamphetamine from a compartment. A later search of the storage unit resulted in the recovery of approximately 4½ kilos of liquid methamphetamine, $13,000, and a 9 mm handgun with an obliterated serial number. Investigators determined that Ortega rented the storage locker using a fake Mexican driver’s license bearing his photograph but the name of Jose Veltran Perez.
Keith Alcos pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 8, 2015. Richardson, Jr. and Flores are fugitives.
This case was investigated by the FBI, IRS Criminal Investigation, DEA, and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amber M. Craig.
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Former Corrections Officer Sentenced to Federal Prison After Acccepting Bribes from Inmates

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Former Corrections Officer Sentenced to Federal Prison After Acccepting Bribes from Inmates

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeNovember 26, 2014
  • Middle District of Florida(813) 274-6000
OCALA, FL—Senior U.S. District Judge Wm. Terrell Hodges yesterday sentenced Jason Monroe Epstein (29, Orlando) to 18 months in federal prison for receipt of a bribe by a public official. Epstein previously pleaded guilty to the offense on September 9, 2014.
According to court documents, between April 1, 2012 and April 30, 2014, Epstein worked as a penitentiary corrections officer at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Sumter County, Florida. During that time, federal agents received reliable information from inmates at the facility that Epstein had been accepting monetary payments in return for smuggling tobacco and marijuana into the prison. Further investigation resulted in recorded conversations between Epstein and the inmates, in which Epstein admitted to accepting the bribes. When confronted by investigators, Epstein confessed that he had received “hundreds of dollars” in illegal payments from the inmates and that he had smuggled the contraband into the prison for them on at least “three or four” occasions.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice- Office of the Inspector General. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Bodnar, Jr.
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Charlotte Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Defraud Medicaid of More Than $4.3 Million

FBI Charlotte Division Press Release:


Charlotte Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Defraud Medicaid of More Than $4.3 Million
Today’s Plea is One of Four for Similar Schemes

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeNovember 26, 2014
  • Western District of North Carolina(704) 344-6222
CHARLOTTE, NC—A Charlotte woman appeared in federal court today and admitted to conspiring to defraud Medicaid of at least $4.3 million, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Aliya Boss, 35, of Charlotte, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David C. Keesler to one count of health care fraud conspiracy.
In a separate case, Zaria Davis Humphries pleaded guilty on Tuesday, November 24, 2014, to one count of health care fraud conspiracy for attempting to steal over $850,000 from Medicaid.
In a still further separate case, charging documents and plea agreements have been filed against two women also facing health care fraud conspiracy charges. Sakeenah David Davis and Kino Legette Williams are expected to enter formal guilty pleas on Thursday, December 4, 2014, for conspiring to defraud Medicaid of at least $1.6 million.
U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Attorney General Roy Cooper, who oversees the North Carolina Medicaid Investigations Division (MID), and John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division.
Aliya Boss According to filed documents and today’s plea hearing, from 2012 to June 2013, Boss participated in a scheme to defraud Medicaid of at least $4.3 million by submitting false reimbursement claims for mental and behavioral health services that she did not provide. Filed court documents indicate that Boss, a licensed social worker, is approved by Medicaid to bill for and receive reimbursement for therapy services provided to Medicaid recipients.
According to court documents, Boss conspired with others and agreed to allow at least two mental health companies to submit fraudulent reimbursement claims to Medicaid using her provider number for sham mental and behavioral health services that Boss never provided. Court documents indicate that, in some instances, the fraudulent reimbursement claims submitted to Medicaid claimed that Boss had provided as many as 140 hours of therapy during a single 24-hour day. In exchange for lending her Medicaid provider number Boss received monthly payments from the companies, even though she knew she never provided those services.
In addition to “renting out” her provider number, court documents indicate that, at the assistance of one conspirator, Boss submitted false claims to Medicaid for fraudulent counseling services through her own company, “Boss Counseling and Consulting, LLC.” According to court records, Boss billed Medicaid for fraudulent therapy services using the Medicaid numbers of beneficiaries collected by another member of the conspiracy working as a “patient recruiter.”
Court records indicate that the patient recruiter collected the Medicaid numbers from the recipients in exchange for cash or indirectly by paying for food and taxi rides, among other things.
According to court records, the conspirators then used the beneficiaries’ numbers to file the fraudulent reimbursements, claiming, in some instances, that Boss provided therapy services to more than 200 Medicaid recipients in a single day and billing for more than 64 hours of therapy over the course of a 24-hour period. In all, court records show that Boss and her conspirators caused Medicaid pay out over $1,135,302.27 as a result of the false claims, of which $306,965.56 was paid out directly to Boss.
Boss was released on bond following her guilty plea. The maximum prison term for the health care fraud conspiracy charge is 10 years and a $250,000 fine. Boss has also agreed to pay restitution, the amount of which will be determined by the Court at sentencing, which has not been set yet.
In a separate case, on Tuesday, November 24, 2014, Zaria Davis Humphries pleaded guilty to one count of health care fraud conspiracy. Humphries, 41, of Charlotte, admitted before Judge Keesler that she participated in a similar health care fraud scheme that attempted to defraud Medicaid of over $850,000 by submitting false claims for mental and behavioral health services that were never provided. Of the claims submitted, court records indicate that Medicaid paid out a total of $222,037 directly to Humphries. Court records in this case indicate that Humphries is a licensed social worker and the owner and operator of “Life Impact Solutions, LLC” (Life Impact), a company specializing in behavioral and counseling services. Court records show that from January to June 2013, Humphries and her conspirators submitted fraudulent claims to Medicaid for non-existent services, using Humphries’ Medicaid provider number. According to court records, at the assistance of one conspirator, Humphries filed the fraudulent claims using the Medicaid number of beneficiaries collected by a patient recruiter. As part of her plea agreement, Humphries admitted that, in some instances, she claimed she personally provided more than 39 hours of therapy in a 24-hour period and that she provided therapy to more than 100 Medicaid recipients in one day. Humphries was also released on bond and is awaiting sentencing. She faces a maximum prison term of 10 years and a $250,000 fine.
Two more women face health care fraud conspiracy charges in connection with a scheme that attempted to defraud Medicaid of at least $1.6 million. Filed court documents indicate that that Sakeenah David Davis, 37, and Kino Legette Williams, 36, both of Charlotte, each have agreed to plead guilty to one count of heath care fraud conspiracy for filing fraudulent reimbursement claims with Medicaid for outpatient behavioral services that were never provided.
Court documents show that the two women owned and operated “New Choices Youth and Family Services,” (New Choices), a Medicaid-approved company that purportedly provided outpatient mental and behavioral therapy services. According to court records, from October 2012 to July 2013, Davis and Williams hired a conspirator as the director of New Choices and agreed to pay her $4,000 per month for her services. Court records show that the director-conspirator billed Medicaid for fraudulent services never provided by New Choices.
Court records show that all the claims submitted to Medicaid from New Choices listed “S.B.” as the attending clinician, even though S.B. did not provide the claimed services. In some instances, according to court records, New Choices’ billing claimed that the hours of therapy S.B. had provided over the course of a single day far exceeded a 24-hour period, in one instance claiming more than 77 hours of therapy in one day. Court records also show that the conspirators used the Medicaid numbers of beneficiaries collected by a patient recruiter and fabricated patient notes to cover up the fraud. According to court records, the defendants were aware of the scheme but did not inquire about or attempt to stop the fraud. Instead, according to court records, they used some of the stolen funds to pay for personal expenses, including jewelry and to pay for Davis’s wedding. Davis and Williams admitted that fraudulent reimbursement claims totaling $1,696,225 were submitted to Medicaid over the course of the scheme, of which $506,124 was paid out to Williams and Davis.
The defendants are expected to appear in court on Thursday, December 4, 2014, before U.S. Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer to formally accept their guilty pleas. The health care fraud conspiracy charge carries a maximum prison term of 10 years and a $250,000 fine.
The FBI conducted the investigations with the assistance of MID. The prosecution of the cases is handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelli Ferry of the U.S. Attorney’s Charlotte Office.
The investigation and charges are the work of the Western District’s joint Health Care Fraud Task Force. The Task Force is multi-agency team of experienced federal and state investigators, working in conjunction with criminal and civil Assistant United States Attorneys, dedicated to identifying and prosecuting those who defraud the health care system, and reducing the potential for health care fraud in the future. The Task Force focuses on the coordination of cases, information sharing, identification of trends in health care fraud throughout the region, staffing of all whistle blower complaints, and the creation of investigative teams so that individual agencies may focus their unique areas of expertise on investigations. The Task Force builds upon existing partnerships between the agencies and its work reflects a heightened effort to reduce fraud and recover taxpayer dollars.
If you suspect Medicare or Medicaid fraud please report it by phone at 1-800-447-8477 (1-800-HHS-TIPS), or E-Mail at HHSTips@oig.hhs.gov.
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