Friday, October 22, 2021

Therapists, Heal Thyselves?

Former Florida residents Stephanie Lynn Fleming and Helen Elizabeth Storey of Waldorf, Md., were convicted of healthcare fraud conspiracy, healthcare fraud, and aggravated identity theft for a Medicaid scheme carried out in Storey’s North Florida Mental Health (NFMH) business in Tallahassee. Fleming was also...

Poorly Constructed Fraud Gets Razed

Gregorio Jose Fuentes-Zelaya and Dennis Alexander Barahona of Jacksonville, Fla., concocted a scheme that included payroll tax evasion and workers’ compensation fraud. They established phony shell construction companies and obtained workers’ compensation insurance policies for a few fake employees. They then “rented” the insurance to...

Wheels Stopped Turning

Two Florida residents have been charged with conspiracy and making false statements to a financial institution. Julio Lugo, 44, and Rosenide Venant, 37, are accused of fraudulently applying and obtaining funds earmarked for COVID-19 economic relief. (Seems to be all the rage these days.) In...

COVID Feature: A Lot of Loans

A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Jeremie Saintvil, 46, of Delray Beach, Florida. Saintvil was indicted for fraudulently obtaining or attempting to obtain more than $1,500,000 in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Saintvil was charged with bank fraud, making false statements...

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Telehealth has become a very important and viable way for patients to receive medical care and advice, especially in light of the current global pandemic. (And, as you might guess, where there’s a new technology that helps to provide service to government beneficiaries, there’s...

Eligible for Prison

Nathan LaParl, 34, of Boca Raton, Fla., recently pleaded guilty to one count of receiving kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program and one count of violating the HIPAA statute. LaParl was involved in a durable medical equipment (DME) fraud scheme that...

Hit Head On

Issaac Newton supposedly discovered gravity when he was sitting under a tree and an apple fell on his head. A modern-day comparison could be made to a sprinkler falling near a woman’s head and the woman having her own “aha” moment about how to...

Take Off the White Coat

A Florida doctor has pleaded guilty to more than 50 counts of healthcare fraud after admitting to actively deceiving patients and performing unnecessary medical procedures. (Not exactly an area in which you want to be an overachiever.) Dr. Moses de-Graft Johnson, who is a...

Hand in the Cookie Jar

A group of healthcare professionals, including doctors and laboratory owners, admitted to defrauding Medicare out of millions of dollars through a kickback-induced genetic testing scheme. Edward Kostishion of Lakeland, Fla., recently pleaded guilty to a superseding information charging him with two counts of conspiracy to...

COVID Feature: A Missed Shot

A high school basketball coach from Fort Lauderdale has been accused of defrauding relief programs intended for those impacted financially by the coronavirus pandemic. Terrance Williams has been arrested and charged on numerous counts of financial crimes related to defrauding COVID-19 relief programs out...
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