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The Great Philanthropic Lie

Senior Director of Strategic Alliances
LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Look online for the business description of Injured Federal Workers Advocate Association and you will find: “The IFWAA provides Office of Worker Compensation assistance at no cost (because IFWAA is going to fraud the U.S. taxpayer) to all injured federal/government employees…Injured federal workers should never attempt to mitigate their own injured workers compensation claim without knowing all of the rights afforded to them (you have the right to be frauded).”

John Cruise and his wife, LaShonia Johnson, were the co-owners of Assurance Consolidated Pharmacy and Cruise was the owner of the Injured Federal Workers Advocate Association (“IFWAA”). Don’t buy the great philanthropic lie of the IFWAA. Cruise, his wife and 7 others recruited injured federal workers or claimants to sign up with the IFWAA in exchange for free assistance with their workers’ compensation claims.  What’s next?

The website description goes on: “You need an advocate that will handle all aspects of your claim (including all the lies IFWAA put in the claim), answer all your questions and ensure that your employer and the Department of Labor are not infringing on any of your rights as a federal employee…There is never a cost for our services (again, because IFWAA is going to fraud the U.S. taxpayer) here at the IFWAA.”

Using the claims filed by IFWAA, the group of fraudsters created compounded drugs based on the federal reimbursement rate for specific ingredient formularies, even though the individual medical needs of a claimant did not call for such a formulary. Physicians in the conspiracy who were paid kickbacks for their cooperation would then prescribe the compounded medications.

In conclusion, the website says,  “We are available 24 hours a day to protect the rights of injured federal employees nationwide. The IFWAA puts its focus on handling all the red tape (it’s the least IFWAA can do), while you focus on your treatment and healing (so selfless of them).”

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Program paid millions of dollars at a time to the entities controlled by the conspirators, totaling approximately $126 million from 2014-2018. On April 15, 2023, nine in total were given various prison sentences for this scheme.

Today’s Fraud Of The Day is based on article” Las Vegas man among nine sentenced for role in multistate fraud scheme, Justice Department says” published by 8 News Now Las Vegas on April 14, 2023

A Las Vegas patient recruiter was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in a multistate scheme to defraud a federal agency and TRICARE, the health care program for U.S. service members and their families, federal prosecutors said Friday.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Sherod Brown, 44, of Las Vegas, was among nine defendants sentenced Thursday for their roles in defrauding the Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) and TRICARE.

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