Monday, December 11, 2017

HHS OIG Cyber Protects Whistleblowers

In the wake of the ongoing investigations of espionage hacking & leaking in all three branches of federal government, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has come out with new guidelines to report fraud.

See, if someone reports fraud online, then, with all the damn privatization, outsourcing contract fraud of administrative databases and programs, a complaint can be intercepted and the whistleblower targeted.

Then, of course, you have those who will just report to be reporting for whatever reason, with issues that do not fall under the perview of HHS OIG. with no system of referral to the proper investigative division, clogging up the fraud reporting system.

HHS OIG came out with some pretty good guidlines for reporting fraud.

See, Medicaid fraud in child welfare is normally under artificial gag policies, where an original parent can have parental rights terminated for reporting fraud.

That is not good, but it happens all the time.

One of the most favorite techniques for going after whistleblowers is to disrupt the family with Child Protective Services.

Remember, this is not about the parents, it is about the children and this is why I believe HHS OIG updated its guidelines for those with no money for justice to blow the whistle.

Thank you for the acknowledgment that "The Poors" (always said with clinched teeth) are whistleblowers and deserve protection, too.

I have so many models to implement, databases to synch and policies to strip.

Oh, and Dan, you still suck.



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Ever Wonder How To End Child Trafficking?

Thinking Reports
"The Elected Ones" thinking about how they can
get more of those re-election dollars
rather than ending child trafficking
and its fraud schemes.
Have you ever wondered how to end child trafficking?

Have you stayed up nights, tossing and turning trying to figure out why human trafficking is manifesting in mainstream society with such pervasiveness in using children?

Well, wonder no more for I have a model for you!

Check out Colorado, the think tank for human trafficking.

The State of Colorado, along with the infinite wisdom of its universities and policy think tanks, has, once again, provided me with another glorious example of Medicaid Fraud in Child Welfare.

Let us take this time to honor the fraudfeasors of Colorado by taking another stroll, back down memory lane of a state revenue maximization scheme in human trafficking called child welfare.

What is Union School in Haiti where the late Monica Petersen Supposedly Taught?

Colorado Hustles Medicaid Billing For Campaign Contributions

Colorado Children Ombudsman Referrals For Medicaid Fraud?

You must understand, child trafficking starts in child welfare and makes its way into the cyberverse to maximize revenues.

Authorities Say YouTube's "Toy Freaks" Dad Is Under Investigation — But They Won’t Say Who’s In Charge

If you think this is a farce, then look at another online human trafficking model.

Modern Day Child Slave Ads In Michigan: Forever Homes For just a few moments, allow me to take you back in time to when children were openly sold in the papers.

Wonder no more, for, below, is just another model of child trafficking to ease you from sleepless nights, if you care to finally end the child welfare fraud.

Prompted by El Pueblo abuse allegations, Colorado opens investigation into children's facilities

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's child protection ombudsman has launched an investigation into residential centers for children after a treatment facility in Pueblo was shutdown in September following abuse reports.

The Denver Post reports ombudsman Stephanie Villafuerte on Tuesday announced the probe that will focus on state oversight of the facilities as well as the handling of abuse and neglect reports to caseworkers.

State authorities closed the El Pueblo Boys and Girls Ranch after multiple allegations of severe abuse came to light.

All 37 children at the ranch were moved to foster homes, group home or other facilities.

 Villafuerte says there are a "number of policy and practice concerns that extend beyond El Pueblo." Officials expect the investigation to take several months. Officials at the privately operated ranch did not return the newspaper's calls.

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FBI, DHS, Faith Based Initiatives & Child Welfare Fraud In Detroit

Gather round, my dears, for I shall tell the tale of Faith Based Initiative Funding in child welfare.

Once upon a time, at the Charles H. Wright African American Musuem, Children's and Families Justice held a Black & White Tie Affiar for its program, State of the Children, December 8, 2017.

I was supposed to be the Master of Ceremonies, but that all changed when I continuously questioned how it was possible to spend so much money on putting on a spectacular event, with valet parking, formal dining, musical groups, youth dancers in full costume and hired speakers.

Despite my suggestions of sponsorship and collaboration with other groups to expand an audience to bring awareness to what was going on in child welfare, I was shut down.

That was not a problem because it was not my event.

I proposed breakout work sessions for advocacy.

I even went so far as to invite "The Elected Ones" and community leaders since no one wanted to publicly broach the topic of child welfare fraud.

I was shot down.

Then I began to think.

This event was funded through the churches.

Yes, the churches.

So, where do the churches get its money to give away to put on these events?

Faith Based Initiative funding.

Faith Based Initiative funding was the community propaganda funding scheme launched under G.W. Bush.

In a nutshell, Faith Based funding was doled out to churches, particularly in, oh, how shall we say this, "inner cities that are traditionally democratic and poor."

This was the birth of the megachurches, where massive temples were constructed in the inner cities to "inform" the public on public issues.

Now, of course, those public issues were hand picked by the current administration, the same concept of the Request For Proposals (RFP), where funding is based upon what those in power want, and not what is of concern to the community.

Surrounded by these megachurches were zones of intense poverty.

Out of poverty comes a desparation to engage in the oldest form of survival, and in this instance, the selling of chattel, or rather human trafficking.

Blue Campaign
U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Faith Based Initiative Human Trafficking Blue Campaign
The federal End Human Trafficking Blue Campaign is now under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with its international sister program in the U.S. State Department United States Agency for International Developmemt (USAID) of the U.S. Department of State Office of Religion and Foreign Affiars, the same Office Brownback is taking over.

I see the model of the imperialist morality parade.

The "privateers" are federally funded, condoned with religious propaganda, just like has always been done:
“We weighing all and singular the premises with due meditation, and noting that since we had formerly by other letters of ours granted among other things free and ample faculty to the aforesaid King Alfonso -- to invade, search out, capture, vanquish, and subdue all Saracens and pagans whatsoever, and other enemies of Christ wheresoever placed, and the kingdoms, dukedoms, principalities, dominions, possessions, and all movable and immovable goods whatsoever held and possessed by them and to reduce their persons to perpetual slavery, and to apply and appropriate to himself and his successors the kingdoms, dukedoms, counties, principalities, dominions, possessions, and goods, and to convert them to his and their use and profit -- by having secured the said faculty, the said King Alfonso, or, by his authority, the aforesaid infante, justly and lawfully has acquired and possessed, and doth possess, these islands, lands, harbors, and seas, and they do of right belong and pertain to the said King Alfonso and his successors”. 
The concept of slavery had finally been introduced as a mainstream concept in child welfare, but as the idea of child welfare being the "residual of the peculiar institution" is so novel, being completely omitted from the vernacular of the academic world, discord of the discourse will go on for the next four scores and seven years, all funded through relious faith based initiatives,

Chaos is a stable and predictable, open system.


How can one "fight the system" when it was designed to function under property law, or rather chattel law?

There is no parallel jurisprudence and now, through privatization, there is no redress of grievance.


How can there be shared parenting when the state, codifed in federal law, retains parental authority, or rather parental rights under the doctrine of commerce?

If a child is under the aegis of the state, is this not parental rights and would that mean that an origianl parent would have to share with the state?

Does this sharing include federal funding?

I was going to do an introductory lecture on my book, but that would be considered commerce and selling it, which will eventually be online, would violate that religious based funding eligibility.



The distractive bickering of "black-man-hate-white-man-hate-black-man-hate-white-man" will be well funded with the blessings of tax exempt God, with lots of fancy events praising the "profiteers" who continue their financial swashbuckling of the children, the land and the votes.

This State of the Children event was put on with this funding which is why there can be no corporate partnerships or profiteering.

This is why the FBI will participated in these community outreach functions.

But, the funding issue is not the sole issue which has me miffed.

FBI Special Agent In Charge, Dave Gelios made a statement which took me aback.

He came up after the Child Custody, Child Protective Services, Foster Care and Adoption horror stories of fraud.

I noticed that he was in a bit of a controlled shock as he broughtforth the disclaimer that his staff had advised him the subject matter of the event was human trafficking and the opioid crisis.

I cannot stand when staff does this crap.

It is just personal.

I like Dave.

They were mean to Dave.

So, you mean to tell me that the staffers of the top Detroit FBI Chief were actually doing work in accordance to their pay that they could not even just execute a basic online search to find out what the subject matter of the event was, considering the fact that my name was on the event?

No wonder there has not been a damn thing done in child welfare fraud with federal law enforcement because I remember how the U. S. Department of Justice, the one up in D.C., used to just stare at me, heads tilted, drooling as a side effect to my bombardment of information overload on the subject matter.

The privateers set the agenda with rank and file, patriotically following the orders of its general.

Staff either intentionally did not properly debreif him with proper talking points memo for the event, or there needs to be an internal review of operation policy.

He also spoke upon limited resources in his divisions.

Well, of course he is not getting the necessary funding for his child trafficking and opioid operations because the religious faith based propaganda initiatives have to put on events like this.

Duh.



It is time you guys have me downtown for lunch.

Child welfare fraud schemes started in Detroit, so why not initiate the global takedown right here, too?

I will bring my laptop and my amazing ability to make you feel all warm and fuzzy with my artistic rendentions of castigation with these fraudfeasors and their transgressions, no matter how bloody their acts upon children may be.

Children grow up to make more children.  Never forget that this is what is predicted.

If you really want to know why children are sucked up into human trafficking you are going to have to come with me deeper into the iron triangular industrial complex of poverty, what I like to call child welfare, or you can just watch legally kidnapped explain it for you, which is why we do what we do.


And this is the tale of religous faith based initiatives and human trafficking in child welfare.

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Detroit Land Bank Authority Gets Back Up Authority In Its Cover Up

Authorities, the final frontier in privatization
How can you rig bids when you are not even incorporated?

In order to rig a bid you have to first enter into a contractual relationship with the corporation.

The Michigan Housing Authority is a domestic Limited Liability Company.

The Michigan Homeowner Assistance Nonprofit Corporation is a domestic non-profit corporation.

Michigan State Housing Development Authority is not incorporated but it statutorially operates through the State of Michigan, engaging in financial transactions in the name of the State of Michigan.

The Detroit Land Bank Authority, a domestic Limited Liability Company was dissolved 11-27-2017.

Since the Detroit Land Bank Authority never incorporated, where it recently admitted to the court that it worked through the Detroit Land Bank Community Development Corporation, and never filed this relationship with the State LARA Corporation Division, then how could it rig bids?

Who entered into the contracts and who signed?

Who wrote the checks to the contractors?

How did the contractors cash the checks?

How did the Detroit Land Bank Authority pay back Michigan State Housing Development Authority if it is not incorporated and has no bank account to engage in any financial transactions?

That is not bid rigging, that is fraud.

One good thing about being an authority is that it is beholden to no laws because it is a nullified entity.

How can you prosecute, or even sue, something that does not exist?

How can you lie to SIGTARP when you do not exist?

Quintessentially, the State was proper in reversing its course because bid rigging never happened and I concur.

State reverses course, says Detroit demo 'bid rigging' never happened




A state audit of Detroit’s blight demolition initiative suspected “possible bid rigging” last year in the midst of an ongoing federal investigation into the program, according to records obtained by the Free Press.

But a state official involved in the audit said Thursday that the bid rigging suspicions discussed privately in August 2016 ultimately did not turn out to be true.

"We didn't see any bid rigging," Mary Townley, a state housing official who was at a meeting last year where bid rigging was discussed as a possibility, said in an interview Thursday. "It was probably brought up not knowing what we were dealing with until we further completed, or further got into our analysis."

A state analysis released in January may not have specified “bid rigging,” but it found $7.3 million in improper billings from Detroit seeking federal funds for demolitions, including about $900,000 in billings tied to bid manipulation in which demolition costs were moved from one house to another so that prices did not exceed a cap of $25,000 per house.

The city ultimately agreed to repay $6.3 million of the billings.

The suspicions of bid rigging arose in the summer of 2016 during a forensic audit of the city demolition program performed by two firms hired by the state— Holland & Knight and Ernst & Young. The suspicions coincided with a three-month suspension of the city's federally funded demolition program imposed by the U.S. Treasury.

The possibility of bid rigging was raised at an Aug. 17, 2016, meeting of the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Nonprofit Housing Corporation, or MHA, which began its audit the previous December.

“Holland & Knight along with Ernst & Young have been digging deep into the Detroit Building Authority and findings are not very good. Possible bid rigging going on. Funding has been immediately suspended,” minutes from the meeting show.

The minutes represent the first known instance of state officials involved in the Detroit demolition program discussing possible criminal activity.

Detroit's demolition program has been under heavy scrutiny for the last two years. Following media reports in the fall of 2015 of skyrocketing demolition prices under Mayor Mike Duggan, federal authorities launched a criminal investigation that remains ongoing.

The MHA, along with its partner agency, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), reviews the city's demolition invoices and approves federal funding for demolitions of vacant, blighted properties in Detroit.

Last week, government watchdog Robert Davis received complete, detailed minutes of private MHA board meetings as part of a lawsuit his nonprofit, A Felon's Crusade for Equality, Honesty and Truth, filed against the MHA in October. The lawsuit seeks to make sure the MHA is subject to the state’s Open Meetings Act, and it seeks a copy of the state’s audit report.

Davis gave copies of the MHA meeting minutes to the Free Press. Although the MHA was created by the state to distribute federal funds, it does not consider itself a public body subject to the state’s Open Meetings Act.

The minutes show the MHA board received regular updates on the state's audit of the Detroit demolition program. While the meeting minutes say bid rigging was believed to be in play, specific contractors or employees were not named.

The audit findings ultimately were given to the FBI and SIGTARP, a federal watchdog tasked with monitoring the federal funds made available to Detroit for demolitions.

Townley, vice president of the MHA board, said she typically updated the board on the state's Detroit demolition audit. She said she likely was the person who brought up bid rigging as a possibility. But on Thursday she could not immediately recall what auditors had found that drove the discussion.

Davis said the records put the federal demolition investigation in a new light. He said Duggan and state officials have misled the public by downplaying the state audit findings. When discussing the findings at a press conference in January, Duggan said he saw nothing to suggest anything criminal was going on in the demolition program.

“This is why transparency is so important in government,” Davis said. “When you have governmental entities conspiring with one another with concealing the truth to the public. The governor and (the state) all should’ve came out when the mayor flat-out lied and said this is more serious.”

Duggan spokesman John Roach denied assertions that the mayor misled the public concerning the demolition program.

"Robert Davis is the one who continually says things that are not true and the facts continue to prove that," Roach said.

Erica Ward Gerson, chairwoman of the Detroit Land Bank Authority, said the state audit was thorough.

"At the end of an exhaustive audit process that lasted several months, (the state) did not find any bid rigging," she said in a statement.

"We worked closely with the state to implement a series of new internal controls. Since those improvements were put in place, MSHDA and the Treasury Department have released another $130 million to continue the demolition program and MSHDA has fully released us from any claims regarding the bid process."

Duggan met with state auditors on Jan. 4 in Chicago to discuss the audit that ultimately found $7.3 million in improper billings.

When the audit was released in January, the city agreed to repay only $1.3 million of the improper billings. The city disputed the rest.

"The feds are doing what they should be doing. We have given them, I think, every single document that exists," Duggan said then. "I have not seen anything in this that suggests anyone did anything criminal."

Eventually, the city and the state reached a settlement. The Detroit Land Bank Authority agreed to repay $5 million in outstanding claims of improper billings. At the same time, the state agreed to make $5 million available to the city to pay for more demolitions.



Please note that the Assistant Attorney General entered into the record that I was to be deemed by the court as a "public nuisance", a moniker I shall forever embrace.


Please note, the Detroit Land Bank Authority has never been created, per its own articles.

The one good thing that came out of its repsonse was that it called me a conspiracy theorist.

Awwww, how sweet.



Yes, I know.  There are errors, but hey, remember, I am pro se.
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Day 51.1 It Really Is As Easy as 1-2-3, Sex Drugs, and Rock and Roll


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Day 50 Part 1 - Survey of All The Working Stories


More Clinton ties on Mueller team: One deputy attended Clinton party, another rep'd top aide

More Clinton connections have emerged for members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team, amid growing Republican complaints about potential bias inside the office created to lead an independent probe.

On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Mueller investigator Andrew Weissmann, a former partner at WilmerHale, attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party last November at the Javits Center in New York City. Fox News reported earlier this week that Weissmann in January also praised outgoing acting Attorney General Sally Yates, after she was fired for refusing to defend President Trump’s travel ban.

Federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann (C) is flanked by FBI agents as he
speaks to the press outside the federal courthouse in Houston, Texas
about the latest round of indictments stemming from the collapse of
Enron, May 1, 2003. Also Lea Fastow, wife of Enron Chief Financial
Officer Andrew Fastow, is expected to be indicted on tax and mail
fraud. REUTERS/Jeff Mitchell

JM/ME - RTRMRJX

Andrew Weissmann, reportedly attended the Hillary Clinton election night party in November 2016. He has donated thousands of dollars to former President Barack Obama's campaign and the DNC.  (Reuters)

Aaron Zebley, another former partner at WilmerHale and a former chief of staff to Mueller when he served as FBI director, represented Justin Cooper, a key figure in the Hillary Clinton email controversy.


Cooper is the longtime Bill Clinton aide responsible for helping set up the now-infamous private email server. Cooper later admitted to “two instances where he destroyed [Hillary] Clinton’s old mobile devices by breaking them in half or hitting them with a hammer.”


Aaron Zebley, a Mueller investigator, represented Justin Cooper. Cooper was a longtime- Bill Clinton aide who set up Hillary Clinton's private email server.

Jeannie Rhee, another former partner at WilmerHale, represented ex-Obama National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, the Clinton Foundation in a 2015 racketeering case, and Hillary Clinton herself in a lawsuit seeking access to her private emails.

“You’ve got Donald Trump being persecuted by Hillary Clinton’s fan club—that’s inequitable,” Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News on Friday. “Many of the members of Mueller’s team donated to the Clinton campaign. We have a lot of highly qualified federal prosecutors in the Justice Department and we could have found a bunch of them who didn’t donate to either candidate. But that didn’t occur, and that’s troubling.” 
'[Y]ou might start seeing a real death-spiral in terms of any public support for the investigation.'
- former Justice Department official James Trusty
Those political donations have been well-known since the start of the Mueller probe. At least seven of Mueller's investigators on the Russia meddling case have donated to Democratic candidates and the Democratic National Committee.

Weissmann donated a combined $2,300 to the Obama campaign in 2008, and at least $2,000 to the DNC in 2006. Rhee donated a total of $5,400 to Hillary Clinton in 2015 and 2016 and a combined $4,800 to former President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2011.

Zebley has no history of political donations or any affiliation with a political party.

Neither political donations nor past legal work alone proves that an investigator is biased or unable to work a case objectively. But the revelation last weekend that another investigator, Peter Strzok, was removed from the Russia probe over anti-Trump texts has critics looking closely at every bio.

“Mueller did not have to select attorneys who had made donations to, or even represented,
Democratic candidates, but as those partisan connections are becoming clearer, it gives an appearance of bias that could have been avoided,” former high-ranking Justice Department official James Trusty, who served under the Bush and Obama administrations, told Fox News on Friday.

“Add a lead investigator having a 10,000 text affair with an already dubious selection for the team (in terms of litigation experience) and you might start seeing a real death-spiral in terms of any public support for the investigation,” Trusty added in an email to Fox News.

Peter Strzok was removed from Mueller's team after the discovery of anti-Trump text messages he exchanged with another former Mueller investigator. (FBI )

Strzok, who was an FBI counterintelligence agent, was reassigned to the FBI’s human resources division after the discovery of the texts. Page was briefly on Mueller’s team but returned to the FBI over the summer. The two exchanged more than 10,000 text messages, Fox News reported.

Strzok has been involved in a host of significant developments in both the Clinton and Russia probes. He was present during the FBI’s July 2016 interview with Hillary Clinton at the close of the email investigation, shortly before then-FBI Director James Comey called her actions “extremely careless” without recommending criminal charges.

Strzok also oversaw the FBI’s interviews with Trump’s fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty last week to lying to FBI investigators in the Russia probe.

Trump allies routinely have sought to raise bias concerns about Mueller's team to discredit the Russia investigation.

The special counsel’s office told Fox News this week that they had no comment on such allegations, but pointed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s comments earlier this year.

“If there were conflicts that arose, because of Director Mueller or anybody employed by Director Mueller, we have a process within the [Justice Department] to take care of that,” Rosenstein said on Fox News.

The special counsel himself has been appointed to five Senate-confirmed positions by four different presidents – two Republicans, and two Democrats. Mueller is said to be a life-long Republican, serving as FBI director for President George W. Bush.

Justice Department policies and federal law prohibit discriminating based on political affiliation when it comes to hiring for nonpolitical positions, like the FBI and Justice Department.

A spokesman for the special counsel told Fox News on Friday Weissmann is still a member of Mueller's team. 

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

You Do Know The Department Of Defense Is Involved In Child Welfare Fraud, Right?

You do know the Department of Defense is involved in child welfare fraud, right?

Who do you think came up with Child Protective Services?

This audit, as magnanimous as it may be in its announcement, will be groundbreaking in the multiple child welfare fraud operations around the world.



Officials Announce First DoD-Wide Audit, Call for Budget Certainty

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2017 — The Defense Department is starting the first agencywide financial audit in its history, Pentagon officials announced today.

Defense Department Comptroller David L. Norquist and chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White spoke during the Pentagon news conference, in which they also addressed the possibility of a government shutdown when the continuing resolution that has been keeping the government running expires tomorrow.

"I cannot emphasize too much how destructive a shutdown is," Norquist said. "We've talked before about the importance of maintenance on weapons systems and others, but if it's not an excepted activity, there'll be work stoppage on many of those maintenance functions."

Congress is considering passing a two-week extension of the continuing resolution, which would give the legislators until Dec. 22 to pass a budget. The Defense Department has operated under a continuing resolution for 1,081 days over the past nine years, White noted.

Continuing Resolutions Affect Readiness
"And so we are optimistic that the Congress will pass a robust and predictable, fully funded [fiscal year 2018] budget," she said. "Nothing has had a greater impact on combat readiness than CRs, … and at a time where security threats are high, we really do need the predictability in the budget -- certainty that we don't have with CRs."

Continuing resolutions are supposed to be short-term bridges for financing. A long-term CR is disruptive, Norquist said. "Every time … you add to it, it creates more challenges," he added.
One problem with a CR is there can be no new starts, the comptroller told reporters. "In the administration's budget, we requested additional money for munitions, and so we would like to increase the production of some of those munitions," he said.

"What the CR says is, 'Stop, wait, don't award that contract yet,' which delays when you begin to increase the quantity and the production," he explained, adding that none of this can be fixed until there is a proper budget.

https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1391471/officials-announce-first-dod-wide-audit-call-for-budget-certainty/

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Day 49.7. Theresa Grafenstine -Did the Awans Do the DHS Hack On MicroPACT


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Day 49.5. Manafort and Awan Surveillance


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Day 49.4. Judge Contreras Recuses - FISA Warrant For PP


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Owner of Home Health Agency Sentenced in Absentia to 80 Years in Prison for Involvement in $13 Million Medicare Fraud Conspiracy and for Filing Fraudulent Tax Returns

Just think.

If they can concock such elaborate fraud schemes in Medicare, then what do you think they do with Medicaid fraud in child welfare?


The owner of a Houston home health agency was sentenced today to 80 years in prison for his role in a $13 million Medicare fraud scheme and for filing false tax returns.
Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez of the Southern District of Texas, Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI’s Houston Field Office, Special Agent in Charge C.J. Porter of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Dallas Region and Special Agent in Charge D. Richard Goss of the Houston Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) made the announcement.
Ebong Tilong, 53, of Sugarland, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon of the Southern District of Texas.  In November 2016, after the first week of trial, Tilong pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, three counts of healthcare fraud, one count of conspiracy to pay and receive healthcare kickbacks, three counts of payment and receipt of healthcare kickbacks, and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.  In June 2017, Tilong pleaded guilty to two counts of filing fraudulent tax returns.  Tilong failed to appear for his original sentencing, which was scheduled for Oct. 13, 2017.  
According to the evidence presented at trial and Tilong’s admissions in connection with his guilty plea, from February 2006 through June 2015, Tilong and others conspired to defraud Medicare by submitting over $10 million in false and fraudulent claims for home health services to Medicare through Fiango Home Healthcare Inc. (Fiango), owned by Tilong and his wife, Marie Neba, 53, also of Sugarland, Texas.  The trial evidence showed that using the money that Medicare paid for such fraudulent claims, Tilong paid illegal kickbacks to patient recruiters for referring Medicare beneficiaries to Fiango for home health services.  Tilong also paid illegal kickbacks to Medicare beneficiaries for allowing Fiango to bill Medicare using beneficiaries’ Medicare information for home health services that were not medically necessary or not provided, the evidence showed.  Tilong falsified medical records and directed others to falsify medical records to make it appear as though the Medicare beneficiaries qualified for and received home health services.  Tilong also attempted to destroy evidence, blackmail a witness, and suborn perjury from witnesses, including a co-defendant while in the federal courthouse, the evidence showed.
According to the evidence presented at trial and his admissions to the tax offenses, from February 2006 to June 2015, Tilong received more than $13 million from Medicare for home health services that were not medically necessary or not provided to Medicare beneficiaries.
In connection with his guilty plea to the tax offenses, Tilong admitted that to maximize his gains from the Medicare fraud scheme, he created a shell company called Quality Therapy Services (QTS) to limit the amount of tax that he paid to the IRS on the proceeds that he and his co-conspirators stole from Medicare.  According to his plea agreement, in 2013 and 2014, Tilong wrote almost a million dollars in checks from Fiango to QTS, purportedly for physical-therapy services that QTS provided to Fiango’s Medicare patients.  The evidence showed that QTS did not provide those services.  According to his plea agreement, in 2013 and 2014, Tilong’s fraudulent tax scheme caused the IRS a tax loss of approximately $344,452.
To date, four others have pleaded guilty or been convicted based on their roles in the fraudulent Medicare scheme at Fiango.  Nirmal Mazumdar, M.D., of Houston, Texas, the former medical director of Fiango, pleaded guilty to a scheme to commit health care fraud for his role at Fiango.  Daisy Carter, 58, of Wharton, Texas, and Connie Ray Island, 49, of Houston, Texas, two patient recruiters for Fiango, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud for their roles at Fiango.  Neba was convicted after a two-week jury trial of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, three counts of health care fraud, one count of conspiracy to pay and receive health care kickbacks, one count of payment and receipt of health care kickbacks, one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and one count of making health care false statements.
On Aug. 11, Neba was sentenced to 75 years in prison and Island was sentenced to 33 months in prison.   On Oct. 3, Mazumdar was sentenced to time served with three years of home confinement.  Carter is awaiting sentencing.   
The case was investigated by the FBI, IRS-CI and HHS-OIG under the supervision of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas.  The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney William S.W. Chang, Senior Trial Attorney Jonathan T. Baum, and Trial Attorney Andrew Pennebaker of the Fraud Section.
The Fraud Section leads the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which is part of a joint initiative between the Department of Justice and HHS to focus their efforts to prevent and deter fraud and enforce current anti-fraud laws around the country.  The Medicare Fraud Strike Force operates in nine locations nationwide.  Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force has charged over 3,500 defendants who collectively have falsely billed the Medicare program for over $12.5 billion.
To learn more about the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), go to www.stopmedicarefraud.gov.
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NADLER STATEMENT ON WIKILEAKS DOCUMENTS AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN


Today, CNN reports that candidate Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump, Jr., and others inside the Trump Organization received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked documents—weeks before WikiLeaks began publishing the contents of those documents online.  Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) of the House Judiciary Committee issued the following statement in response:

“This email is yet another sign that senior Trump campaign officials—including Donald Trump, Jr., and perhaps the President himself—may have accepted assistance and valuable information from the Russian government and its partners.  It is, of course, a crime to participate in a conspiracy to influence an election through the illegal misuse of various computer systems.  It is also a crime for a foreign national to give anything of value to a campaign for federal office.  At the very least, this email shows us that the Trump Campaign understood enough about these stolen documents to have immediately reported a crime to the FBI.  They did not, and now Donald Jr. refuses to answer questions about his extensive back-and-forth with WikiLeaks.

“It is unconscionable that that House Judiciary Republicans want to relitigate long-debunked Hillary Clinton conspiracy theories instead of this direct threat to our election system. This is part of a coordinated effort—spearheaded by the White House—to undermine and discredit individuals and institutions, such as Special Counsel Mueller and the FBI, which are investigating the President and his associates. I once again call on Chairman Goodlatte to begin the committee’s oversight work in this space without delay.”

House Judiciary Democrats have sent more than 20 letters to the Committee and GOP Leadership, and more than 40 letters to the White House and Department of Justice seeking oversight of Trump Administration misconduct, without any meaningful response. It is high time the House Judiciary Republicans join us in investigating obstruction of justice and related charges.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Let The Conyers Political Devouring Frenzy Commence!

Vultures eating a wildebeest - YouTube
Democratic Candidates for the 13th Congressional District
2018 Primary Election

For the last 50 years, the 13th Congressional Primary Race has always decided the outcome of the General Election, as the district has traditionally been Democratic.

Let the Conyers political devouring frenzy commence!

CONYERS seat won't be filled until November

DETROIT — Michigan’s Republican governor announced Friday that Democrat John Conyers’ congressional seat won’t be filled until the regularly scheduled November election, leaving it vacant for nearly a year.

Gov. Rick Snyder decided the post will effectively be listed twice on the Aug. 7 primary and Nov. 6 general election ballots.

While unlikely, it is possible voters could choose one candidate to fill the vacancy until January 2019 and elect another to a full two-year term after that.

Snyder said he opted against having an earlier special election to give potential candidates ample time to decide about running, provide voters in the predominantly Democratic district more options and save money.

The 88-year-old Conyers, who was facing a House Ethics Committee investigation over claims by former staffers, cited health reasons for his resignation.

Michael Gilmore, a Detroit attorney who is running for the seat, said not having representation in the House for nearly a year is unfair to residents.

“I think it’s unfortunate that the governor thinks this is what we’re worth,” Gilmore said Friday.
The governor said the election would not occur until November in part to give potential candidates time to make a decision and reduce the financial burden on local taxpayers.

Snyder’s office said it consulted with Wayne County leadership before making a decision. The 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization backed the decision, too.

“In order to allow several months for that to take place and to reduce the financial burden on local taxpayers, the primary and general elections will be held when regularly scheduled elections are already occurring,” Snyder said in a statement.

The filing deadline is April 24 for both elections. Whoever wins the special election will serve next November and December, and — if he or she also wins the regular race — will serve a two-year term starting in 2019. A Snyder spokeswoman said it could have cost up to $2 million if the special elections were scheduled on non-regular election dates.

Detroit, a city of about 680,000, currently does not have any resident serving in Congress.
Former Michigan Department Party Chairman Mark Brewer tweeted that Snyder’s decision “continues to give the back of his hand to urban areas whether it’s emergency managers, poisoned water, and now being denied representation in Congress for nearly a year.”

But Jonathan Kinloch, chairman of the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization, said earlier this week that having the elections on the regularly scheduled dates avoids the typical low turnouts associated with special elections.

“We want as many voters as possible to participate in the filling of the seat,” he said.
John Conyers retired Wednesday amid allegations by about a half-dozen women who once worked for him that they were harassed and touched inappropriately. He has denied the allegations. Conyers first was elected in 1964.

Some colleagues in the U.S. House had urged Conyers to resign. When he did, he endorsed his 27-year-old son, John Conyers III, to succeed him. The younger Conyers, a partner with a Detroit-based, minority-run hedge fund, posted on Twitter this week that he has not decided whether he wants to run for his father’s old seat. The Associated Press has been unable to reach him for comment.

Detroit, a city of about 680,000, currently does not have any resident serving in Congress.

The race for the seat in the district that includes parts of Detroit and some western Wayne County communities could become a free-for-all.

Gilmore said he began fundraising for his campaign in April and had planned to challenge John Conyers prior to the sexual harassment allegations.

Democratic state Sen. Ian Conyers, John Conyers’ grand-nephew, said earlier this week that he will run.

Fellow Democratic state Sent. Coleman Young II is expected on Monday to announce his intent to run, his spokesman said.

Young sought Detroit’s mayoral seat his late father, Mayor Coleman A. Young, once held, but lost to incumbent Mike Duggan in the November general election.

“He is battle-tested. This mayoral race has prepared him,” Young spokesman Adolph Mongo told The Associated Press. “He knows the issues in the 13th District. He’s been campaigning for 10 months on the issues.”

Conyers III never has been elected to a public post. Ian Conyers won a special election in 2016 for the state senate seat. Young was elected in 2010 to the Michigan Senate. He served in the state House from 2005 to 2010.


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Day 49.1 Melissa Hodgman, Peter Strzok, and Andy McCabe


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Day 48.6. Jordan Highlight of the Day


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Day 48.5 Carmichael and Carpenter



U.S. regulators drop fraud case against Wall Street financier Wey (Reuters) -

U.S. securities regulators on Friday moved to drop their fraud case against Wall Street financier Benjamin Wey, about a month after prosecutors dropped a related criminal case after a judge threw out some evidence In a filing in federal court in Manhattan, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said its case relied on the same evidence as the criminal case, and that it believed it would no longer be able to use it.

Prosecutors and the SEC in 2015 accused Wey, the founder of New York Global Group, of making tens of millions of dollars by secretly controlling large blocks of shares through “reverse mergers” between Chinese companies and U.S. shell companies, and selling his shares at artificially high levels.

The SEC also sued Wey’s wife, Michaela Wey, who was not criminally charged. “Today’s dismissal can only be described as a complete victory for our clients, Benjamin and Michaela Wey,” said David Siegal, a lawyer for the Weys.

SEC spokesman Ryan White declined to comment.

The criminal case against Wey collapsed in June, when U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan ruled that a huge cache of materials seized from Wey’s home and offices could not be used because they were obtained with overly broad search warrants that violated Wey’s constitutional rights.

Nathan said the seizure of items such as children’s school records, family photos and X-rays at minimum reflected “grossly negligent or reckless disregard” of the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure.

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Day 48.4. Five EB5s, Four FISA Warrants, Three Wiretaps



(Reuters) - The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia judge presiding over the criminal case for President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been recused from handling the case, a court spokeswoman said on Thursday.

According to a court filing, U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras, who presided over a Dec. 1 hearing where Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russia, will no longer handle the case.

Court spokeswoman Lisa Klem did not say why Contreras was recused, and added that the case was randomly reassigned.

Reuters could not immediately learn the reason for the recusal, or reach Contreras.
An attorney for Flynn declined to comment.

Now, Flynn’s sentencing will be overseen by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan. Sullivan was appointed by former Democratic President Bill Clinton.

Flynn was the first member of Trump’s administration to plead guilty to a crime uncovered by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging probe into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election and potential collusion by Trump aides. Russia has denied meddling in the election and Trump has dismissed any suggestion of collusion.

Flynn has agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s ongoing investigation.

A sentencing date has not yet been set, but the parties are due to return to court on February 1 for a status report hearing.

Contreras was appointed to the bench in 2012 by former Democratic President Barack Obama.
He was also appointed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in May 2016 for a term lasting through 2023.

That court issues warrants that allow Justice Department officials to wiretap individuals, a process that has been thrown into the spotlight amid the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election.

The most recent controversy related to FISA warrants involves Peter Strzok, a senior FBI agent who was removed from the Russia investigation for exchanging text messages with a colleague that expressed anti-Trump views.

At a hearing on Thursday at the House Judiciary Committee, Republican lawmaker Jim Jordan pressed FBI Director Christopher Wray on whether a former British spy’s dossier of allegations of Russian financial and personal links to Trump’s campaign and associates was used by Strzok to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil Trump’s transition team.

Judge Sullivan previously served on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals under appointments by Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, respectively.

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Day 48.3 Evasion, Evasion,Evasion Wray Lays an Goose Egg


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Day 48.2. It’s the Russians again - of Centreville, Maryland


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Day 48.1 Unsealed Indictments - Ft. Belvoir Smuggler's Cove?


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VICE News - HBO Video On Detroit Tax Foreclosure Auctions Kicking People Out Of Their Homes

This is an absolutely beautiful introduction into the schemes behind the stealing of Detroit properties and other resources.

There are nefarious fraud schemes behind this story I believe are about to be exposed because this Detroit model of snatching properties is to be the national model.


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The following is from Jerry Paffendorf and Loveland Technologies.

Due to fortuitous timing I just caught the VICE News piece on Detroit tax foreclosures live. I walked into a TV production studio to visit a friend just as it was about to start and asked if they could turn on HBO. They put it on a big screen and sat me down on a large leather couch, and then to much surprise, I appeared on screen in what amounts to a real LA power move. What a wacky world.

The piece, I think, was pretty good. It will be online for streaming in a little bit and I would love to hear what you think.

It jumps back and forth between an investment group in the suburbs that specializes in buying occupied homes at the tax foreclosure auction, and a woman losing her home at the auction, and the United Community Housing Coalition - Detroit as they try to buy homes back for their occupants (featuring Michele Oberholtzer). 

In between it gets into the financial relationship between the City and the County, including the City's property tax over-assessment, the County's role as the city's debt collector, and the high interest rates charged by the County that contribute greatly to the foreclosures and make the finances work out for them.

I make a very small appearance as a (clean-shaven) talking head saying what I usually say: that it's crazy, it's ongoing, it lowers the population, it creates blight and vacancy, it fragments ownership and makes Detroit a renter city, and (at least implying) there are things that can be done about it.

The piece says that the Mayor and the Treasurer declined requests to be interviewed, and that there is no plan to stop selling occupied homes. Really that's what we need: an officially stated public position to stop selling occupied homes, and then increased efforts to work on solving the systemic problems upstream.

I know a lot of people think I'm stupid to stick with this issue and keep talking about it and working on it even though it's damaged some of our relationships and our business in the city, but I really don't know what else to do. I feel stupid sometimes too, but I've never been so close to something so obviously wrong that has hurt so many people and neighborhoods and that otherwise good people have so far failed to fully address.

Honestly I do not dislike anyone in office and know there are many amazing things happening in town to celebrate that people would prefer to hear about. It pains me to keep talking about this issue because it only takes and doesn't give, but there is also an unstoppable feeling that just flows up from the inside and gives me some amount of faith that something good will eventually come from being honest about it. 

Thank you to all the people who haven't stopped talking about it and who also work on solving it. We could use some more traditionally powerful people joining the conversation to say what's happening is wrong and to work on solutions. I know that's a scary thing to do in Detroit, but if you're reading this and you think you have influence, it would really be helpful to hear you say something out loud that the Mayor and Treasurer hear, too. Anyway. Thoughts. 

Check it out when you have a chance.

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