Friday, April 19, 2019

Cocktails & Popcorn: MIED Has A Conjugal Collaboration Going On In Macomb County - Happy Child Abuse Propaganda Month!

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Happy Child Abuse Propaganda Month!
I like the conjugal collaboration of law enforcement part.

See what happens when everyone plays together?


I cannot wait to see which rabbit hole this leads us to, next because we do not know which tasks forces are in play, but hey, what do I know?

I know Easter is Sunday!
Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith reports he is fully cooperating with investigators who served a warrant at his county offices this morning. Todd McInturf, The Detroit News
Mount Clemens — Michigan State Police Wednesday morning executed a search warrant at the office of Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith, officials confirmed.

Michigan State Police Lt. Darren Green, a spokesman for the agency's First District, confirmed troopers executed the warrant as part of the investigation into the prosecutor's use of forfeiture funds.
The FBI also is conducting an investigation into Smith's spending of the asset forfeiture funds, The Detroit News has learned.

"The First District Special Investigations Section out of Lansing was requested by the Michigan Attorney General's Office to start this investigation," Green said. "This search warrant is part of a continuing investigation into Prosecutor Smith and his use of the Macomb County forfeiture funds."
He also said: "Smith is a highly public official, and we want to afford him the same rights we would anybody else; and our standard procedure is to not comment further on ongoing investigations or release information that could affect the investigation."

During a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Smith said his office fully cooperated with investigators. 

"I will continue to be cooperative and assist in any way so state police can swiftly conduct their investigation and have this matter fully laid to rest," Smith said to reporters at his office.

Smith said while the situation is unfortunate, he's supportive of having state police investigating because his office has "nothing to hide."

"I recognize that this doesn't look great, but after six months of hearing all these falsehoods in the press about what we've been using this money for, I'm so happy to have impartial investigators in our office, looking through our documents, which we gave them a banker's box full of receipts and explanations on how the money was spent," Smith said.

A Detroit News review in January of hundreds of checks that have passed through the forfeiture account in the past two years indicate that many sizable checks were made out to various Macomb County police agencies that are supposed to share in forfeiture funds stemming from arrests in their jurisdictions.

Smith declined to answer questions from reporters Wednesday but said investigators only raided the office and investigators did not visit his home. He further stated that they provided records of all the checks.

"We are happy about this," Smith said as he exited.

Earlier this month, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel asked the state police to investigate Smith's handling of asset forfeiture funds.

Questions over spending from the funds, which total hundreds of thousands of dollars, were raised earlier this year after Jared Maynard, the former chairman of the Macomb County Republican Party, sued to obtain bank records for accounts set up by Smith.

The funds in the accounts come from forfeitures and bad checks.

Smith has said he would cooperate with the state inquiry.

The investigation was sparked by questions raised last month by County Executive Mark Hackel about whether thousands of dollars were misspent on inappropriate expenditures, including donations to churches and charities, trips, parties and even the filming of a television commercials.

Hackel was not immediately available Wednesday and a spokesperson declined to comment. Macomb County Corporation Counsel John Schapka, with offices on the eighth floor of the county building, said he had not been contacted by either state police or the prosecutor’s office.

“There has been a lot of interest by employees, but we have not been advised about what this is about,” Schapka said.

The investigation involves the highest-ranking law enforcement officer in a county targeted in a wide-ranging crackdown on public corruption that started in Macomb County and spread to Detroit. The investigation has led to charges against 22 people, including Detroit City Councilman Gabe Leland.

Leland was among more than a dozen businessmen and politicians targeted in a wave of FBI wiretaps three years ago that recorded conversations involving public officials, including former Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco, who has not been charged.
An FBI spokeswoman declined to confirm or deny the existence of an investigation.

A source familiar with the investigation confirmed the FBI is looking into the spending of asset forfeiture funds and is working with investigators from the state police.

The FBI has several task forces that consist of investigators from the state police, county sheriff's offices and local police departments.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Mueller Report Updates for April 18, 2019

In a nutshell, we have Trey saying Barr had no reason to release a report to him to the public about ongoing matters.

Then, we have Barb clarifying that there are two ongoing cases that were referred by Mueller.
Then, we have DOJ telling Lindsey and Judiciary Jolly Jerry that they can see the full report starting April 22 through April 29, 2019 in camera.

But, the Congressional leadership of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Judiciary Jolly Jerry, Dianne Feinstein, Adam Schiff and Mark Warner told Barr that they want the entire Mueller Report released, with supporting documents.

Warren calls for House to begin impeachment proceedings

The Accidental President still has the IG Report in his backpocket.

Yet, no one said his name.


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The Time Has Come To Terminate The Michigan Corporate Parental Rights

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Matt Hall
At the threshold, waiting for that moment when Nancy Edmunds figures out that Michigan's Child Welfare System is the international model for modern day trafficking tiny humans.

Yes, that is correct, it all started in Detroit and it was transposed around the world as the Child Protection Michigan Model.

So, what we have here is another one of those placating proposed recommendations legislative actions in hopes of kicking the can down the road, once again, for Nancy Edmunds to allow the continuance of federal court ordered oversight of a system, Kevin Ryan, nor Children's Rights have no clue on how it operates for their substantial failures to address Medicaid fraud in child welfare, let alone the nefarious operations of the Michigan Children's Institute, the Michigan Children Trust Funds or the systemic problems of child trafficking, drugging, rapes, torture, suicides, attempted suicides, simply for the fact that Matt Hall knows that ruling is coming down to release the State from oversight.

How can you possibly fix a system that was originally designed to traffic children?


These "fixes" will do absolutely nothing because it does not address the public corruption and the Medicaid fraud in child welfare?

The time has come to terminate the corporate parental rights of Michigan, otherwise known as privatization.

There is no parallel jurisprudence in child welfare with due process.

Child welfare in Michigan is re-engineering itself to be a predictive modeling crap civil asset forfeiture system of a public debt to a foreign, private corporation to pay off their Social Impact Bonds.

Chair Hall, House Oversight Committee recommend legislative fixes regarding CPS performance audit

 State Rep. Matt Hall (R-Emmett Township) and the House Oversight Committee he chairs unanimously recommended today several proposals to protect Michigan’s most vulnerable children from abuse and neglect.

The recommended amendments to Michigan’s Child Protection Law came after the House panel conducted multiple hearings on the Michigan Office of Auditor General’s (OAG) September 2018 Performance Audit of Children’s Protective Services Investigations. The audit found 17 material conditions that called into question the effectiveness and efficiency of Children’s Protective Services (CPS) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Hearings included testimony from the OAG, CPS, and DHHS.

“The Auditor General’s findings revealed Child Protective Services was failing to operate effectively,” Hall said. “This is a serious matter because our state’s most vulnerable children need CPS to protect them from abuse and neglect. These children have nobody else. CPS has a duty to these children to get this right.”

The Oversight Committee’s recommendations to improve Michigan’s Child Protection Law include:

  • CPS should verify the well-being of all children in a home where suspected child abuse or neglect has occurred within 24 hours of reported child abuse or neglect.

  • When a CPS investigation finds that a family needs to receive community-based services to alleviate a child’s risk of abuse and neglect, CPS must monitor the family to verify that they are participating in the community-based services. A license-exempt child care provider should be added to the Central Registry if a preponderance of evidence exists that he or she committed child abuse or neglect. This would treat license-exempt child care providers the same as owners, operators, volunteers, or employees of licensed or registered child care organizations, who have direct and regular contact with children in much the same manner.

  • Centralized state oversight should exist to verify each county is properly developing and implementing its required child abuse and neglect investigation protocols. These protocols are intended to improve cooperation among professionals and agencies that are commonly involved in child abuse and neglect cases.

  • CPS should document reasons it abbreviated an investigation and develop an abbreviated investigation checklist. Abbreviated investigations occur when an investigator discovers early on that no child abuse or neglect occurred. CPS should provide periodic reports measuring its compliance with conditions raised in the Auditor General’s September 2018 report to an appropriate oversight authority.

The Oversight Committee also recommends further investigation, perhaps by workgroups, to address CPS worker safety and potential Central Registry improvements.

 “As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, I worked closely with my Democrat and Republican colleagues to review the Auditor General’s findings and identify new laws and policies that will better protect our state’s most vulnerable children from abuse and neglect,” Hall said. “Now that the Oversight Committee has adopted this report, I will incorporate the report’s recommendations into a bipartisan package of bills to strengthen the Michigan Child Protection Law.”

 The report has been referred to the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee for further action.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Mueller Flashback - Aug 2018 Halper Doesn't Need Carter Page To Be A Genius To Wear A Wire

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Let It Rip Rolls Out The Mueller Report In Detroit - Rashida Sat Next To Andy


Sometimes, you can be a whistleblower on yourself.


Mueller report finally released - does it change anything?

(FOX 2) - The Mueller report is the big topic tonight.

After nearly two years and $25 million dollars, hundreds of pages and hundreds of redactions, we're finally seeing the Mueller report.

President Trump is declaring victory but the report does not exonerate him of everything.

We'll break down what it says and doesn't say with our panel of insiders including the congresswoman who once said she wanted to impeach Trump -- although she used another word.

On the panel:

  • Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), who made history as one of 2 Muslim women sworn into Congress.
  • Andy Arena, former head of Detroit's FBI office, head of Detroit Crime Commission.
  • Attorney Jeffrey Collins, former judge, the former U.S. attorney for this region.
  • Jamie Roe, consulting firm co-founder, Grand River Strategies.
Part 2: What next?
We look ahead to what comes next.  Is this end of the investigation - or will the investigators end up being investigated themselves?

Three consultants with an inside knowledge of media and politics join the discussion.

On the panel: 

  • Tori Sachs, Republican strategist 
  • Karen Dumas, Detroit political insider and public relations expert
  • Greg Bowens, public relations expert, Grosse Pointe/Harper Woods NAACP president.
Part 3: On The Road
Charlie Langton asks metro Detroit about the Mueller report.

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Cocktails & Popcorn: April 18th, 2019 Mueller Report Analysis - The First Three Hidden Gems - The Quantum Renaissance In Whistleblowing

Ok, boys and girls, for those of you who are fighting hard in refusing to grasp this, all you have to do is go to the Mueller report index, look for a name or a term, and you can search for the entire video interviews and background on his channel. 

That, my dearies, is called a chain of evidence for his SCOTUS case. 

I was the first to do it. 

My blog is evidence.

I am the original source. 

You are watching ground floor building of a blockchain, or what I prefer to call the Quantum Renaissance. 

No more secrets. 

This is our history and we are all connected in the residuals of the peculiar institution.

With this new focus, you can dive for even more precious pearls of wisdom from your own knowledge. 


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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Cocktails & Popcorn: Mueller Report Is Coming In For A Detroit Landing

We are now in the landing pattern for Detroit.
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"French fries are easier to eat on a plane."

Please place your seats in the upright position, fasten your seat belts, and break out with the cocktails & popcorn.



A Michigan reference in the long-anticipated Mueller report might shed some light on the targeting of the state by Russian entities seeking to influence the 2016 presidential election in favor of then-candidate Donald Trump.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's 400-plus-pages report revealed new details about outside interference in the 2016 election, but found no evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Mueller also said he could not conclusively determine whether Trump had obstructed the investigation but documented the Republican president’s attempts to seize control of the probe and even have Mueller dismissed in June 2017.

Paul Manafort
In the report released Thursday, Mueller wrote that Paul Manafort had shared polling data from the Trump campaign with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business associate with ties to Russian intelligence.

At the time in August 2016, Manafort was still in charge of Trump's campaign.

"Manfort briefed Kilimnik on the state of the Trump campaign and Manafort’s plan to win the election," including the campaign's messaging and internal polling data, Mueller wrote. 
"It also included discussion of 'battleground' states, which Manafort identified as Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Minnesota."

Manafort reportedly didn't refer explicitly to "battleground" states in his recounting of the Aug. 2 meeting; rather Mueller's source for that information was former campaign aide Rick Gates.
Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania were competitive swing states in 2016 that Trump narrowly won. They were also where Russia’s Internet Research Agency concentrated its efforts on social media and digital ads.

The content from the IRA and other Russian entities, some containing anti-Muslim messages, were intended to sow discord and disproportionately targeted Michigan and Wisconsin in 2016, among other states.

Manafort has not been charged with crimes related to his work for Trump. He pleaded guilty to witness tampering and was convicted of lobbying-related financial crimes and was recently sentenced to 7.5 years in prison.

While Mueller's team did not find evidence of collusion to support criminal charges, the investigation “identified numerous links between individuals with ties to the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign,” the special counsel said in the report.

Trump campaign members and surrogates promoted dozens of tweets, posts and other content created by the Internet Research Agency — one of the three Russian entities named in a 2018 indictment that included charges against 13 Russian nationals, according to the report.
On Nov. 7, one day before the 2016 election, Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a Detroit-related message from an IRA-controlled Twitter account.

His dad capped his winning 2016 campaign later that night with a massive rally in Grand Rapids.
“Detroit residents speak out against the failed policies of Obama, Hillary & democrats #ImGoingToMissObamaBecause,” said the tweet from the Pamela_Moore13 account.

The message, retweeted by Trump Jr., included a link that is no longer active but appears to have been a video, according to a version posted to a Trump section on Reddit, a popular social sharing website.

The Washington Post first reported on the Detroit tweet after reviewing interactions between people close to Trump and Russian Twitter “troll” accounts publicly identified in 2018 by U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who now chairs the House Intelligence Committee.

Pamela_Moore13 claimed to be a Texas-based Trump supporter, but the account was actually controlled by the IRA, according to Mueller, who said the group “engaged in an ‘active measures’ social media campaign to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.”

It’s not clear Trump Jr. had any idea he was amplifying a fake account, and he was not alone in doing so. U.S. media outlets “also quoted tweets from IRA-controlled accounts and attributed them to the reactions of real U.S . persons,” according to Mueller.

His report cited a Columbia Journalism Review article by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The researchers found at least one tweet from an IRA account embedded in coverage on 32 major media outlets, “like The Washington Post, NPR, and the Detroit Free Press, as well as in more recent, digitally native outlets such as BuzzFeed, Salon, and Mic."

The Mueller report also features several referenced to Erik Prince, a businessman and Michigan native who is brother to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

While he was not part of the campaign, Prince had relationships with several Trump officials, including strategist Steve Bannon.

Prince met with transition team leaders after the election and in January 2017 traveled to the Seychelles, an archipelago country in the Indian Ocean, to meet with Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund who reported directly to President Vladimir Putin, according to the report. 
George Nadar, an adviser to the United Arab Emirates's crown prince, helped set up the meeting and told Prince “the Russians were looking to build a link with the incoming Trump Administration.”

Dmitriev was not convinced Prince was a legitimate intermediary, but Nader told him Price was “very very well connected and trusted by the New Team” and noted “his sister is now a Minister of Education.”
Erik Prince, brother of Betsy DeVos

Prince later told investigators he briefed Bannon on the meeting. But Bannon told the special counsel’s office he never talked to Prince about anything involving Dmitriev or meetings with anyone associated with Putin.

Bannon told Mueller’s team he would have objected to such a meeting if he’d known about it.
Their “conflicting accounts” could not be “independently verified by reviewing their communications” because messages from that time period no longer existed on Prince or Bannon’s electronic devices, according to Mueller. Phone records show they had messaged several times.

Regardless, Prince told investigators Bannon instructed him not to follow up with Dmitriev and said he felt Bannon was “uninterested” in the matter.

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DNA Medicaid Fraud in Child Welfare - Data Collection For Dollars - Happy Child Abuse Propaganda Month

Oh, lookie!

Medicaid fraud in child welfare has gone full DNA database.

If the States are not yet prepared to implement DNA data collection of "The Poor", then I bet the private, contracted agencies are.

See, you do not only have the opportunity to collect HUMINT on the foster kids and children of "The Poors" (always said with clinched teeth), you can also tap into the population of their original parents through civil asset forfeiture for the civil debt of being poor through these foreign, child welfare NGOs, more intuitively known as the corporate parent, to access the children's trusts for personal inurement.

These are not scammers.

These are federal sub-recipients.

They ran these same exact ops with the Seniors in Detroit, except they offered a bit more than $20 and DNA collection was not the latest rage at the time.

Just another operation of stealin' the children, the land, and the vote.

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Scammers May Be Using DNA Testing to Defraud Medicare and Steal Identities

A DNA test kit.State authorities warn that DNA testers have targeted poor neighborhoods and senior communities.

Authorities in several states are warning about an alleged scam in which people visit senior-living communities and low-income neighborhoods, offering to perform DNA tests and collecting information from people in government health programs.

The alleged DNA-testing scams appear to be a new twist on an old tactic, in which people are tricked into giving away personal information or participating in medical services they don’t need. Perpetrators of such schemes can bill the government for unneeded medical tests and procedures, or use the information they collect — such as Medicare and Medicaid identification data — to commit identity theft and fraud.

In Kentucky, Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office said this month that Louisville residents had reported people operating out of a van and offering to pay Medicaid recipients $20 for DNA swabs and their health insurance information.

In Nebraska, the state insurance commissioner’s office said it had heard of questionable DNA swabbing in several communities. It warned on March 27 that it had “received multiple reports of groups going to senior living communities, assisted living communities and senior centers offering to swab the cheeks of seniors for genetic material purportedly for DNA checks for cancer.”

Paying people to participate in medical tests and services would likely violate federal anti-kickback laws meant to stop fraud and abuse at government programs. It’s not clear who is behind the reported activity in Kentucky and Nebraska, whether it’s an organized group or individuals acting alone, and whether it is still ongoing.

The alleged scam follows an announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid last year that Medicare would cover genetic evaluation of cancer by FDA-approved tests. It also may capitalize on a growing awareness of popular consumer-marketed genetic tests where people can find out about their ancestry or learn some basic health information.

Medicare Fraud

Fraud is a significant problem in government health-care programs like Medicare and Medicaid, which cover tens of millions of elderly and low-income people. Since 2007, a Medicare fraud task force has filed more than 1,600 cases against almost 3,500 defendants in Florida, New York, California and other states who are alleged to have fraudulently billed Medicare more than $13 billion, according to a 2018 report by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees the programs for the federal government, declined to comment.

In Louisville, DNA swabbers have falsely represented themselves as affiliated with a local Medicaid insurer, Passport Health Plan, setting up in low-income neighborhoods and giving people cash in exchange for DNA swabs, City Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith said in a telephone interview. 
“They set up in the most impoverished, predominantly black area in our community,” said Sexton Smith. “They are preying on poor people.” Sexton Smith provided Bloomberg with copies of business cards and fliers promoting the DNA tests that she said were shared by people who were concerned.

She said she had been in contact with the state attorney general’s office and law enforcement. It’s not clear if people ever got a DNA test result back after giving samples, or what their information was or wasn’t used for.

A business card Sexton Smith said was obtained from one of the testing locations shared listed a company named Freedom Medical, along with a website and phone number. The website didn’t work when checked this week, and no one answered or returned calls to the Washington, D.C., area code number listed on the card.

Sexton Smith also shared a screenshot of a Facebook post urging Passport Health insurance clients to visit the intersection of Preston and Breckenridge streets for free cancer screenings and $20. Another post on Facebook advertised a similar service, mentioning the name of a company called Genexe Health in the post.

David Palladino, Genexe’s general counsel, said in an email that it was aware of attempts to misuse the company’s name, that it wasn’t associated with any of the activities described, and that it doesn’t operate in Louisville.

“Genexe categorically denies any/all involvement with any of the activities represented/referenced,” Palladino said. Palladino said the company takes multiple steps to combat fraud, and that the people described in the Louisville area “are completely unaffiliated with Genexe.”

Passport Health said the people allegedly collecting DNA and patient information weren’t associated with the insurer. An April 1 news report by Louisville television station Wave3 shows people at a card table paying residents money in return for what appear to be cheek swabs, operating out of a white van.

“Passport Health Plan is in no way affiliated with this activity and we urge caution for anyone who may come into contact with them,” Ben Adkins, a spokesman for the insurer, said in an email to Bloomberg News.

Adkins said Passport had contacted local police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A representative for the local FBI office declined to comment.

In Nebraska, Department of Insurance Director Bruce Ramge said in a statement emailed by a spokeswoman that his agency had forwarded reports of questionable DNA swabbing to federal officials, “since Medicare dollars may have been spent for payment of the swabbing.” In response to a public records request, the state declined to provide records of reports, saying it ``will not provide information or documents that are part of investigations.’’ 

Ramge said in the emailed statement that his department was also concerned about people being improperly billed for the tests.

“This may be a scam and should be avoided,” the department said in the March warning notice.
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Cocktails & Popcorn: Judiciary Jolly Jerry Wants Mueller To Testify

My recommendations for watching the Mueller hearing.

80% Proof of Russian Election Interference

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Cocktails & Popcorn: Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election

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Necessities for when the heavens fall...
Here is the link to the Mueller Report.

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DOJ: Department of Justice Releases Reports Focused on Improving Safety and Wellness of the Nation’s 800,000 Law Enforcement Officers

The Department of Justice today released two complementary reports that focus on the mental health and safety of the nation’s federal, state, local and tribal police officers. The reports, Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Report to Congress and Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs: Eleven Case Studies, were published by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) as required by the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) of 2017. 

The LEMHWA passed both chambers unanimously and without amendment and was signed by the President shortly thereafter. These actions show that its purpose and intended effects are uncontroversial among policymakers – law enforcement agencies need and deserve support in their ongoing efforts to protect the mental health and well-being of their employees. Congress took the important step in improving the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services that will help our nation’s more than 800,000 federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers.  
"Serving as a law enforcement officer requires courage, strength, and dedication," Attorney General William P. Barr said. "The demands of this work, day in and day out, can take a toll on the health and well-being of our officers, but the Department of Justice is committed to doing our part to help. I want to thank the men and women of our COPS office for their hard work to support our officers every day, and specifically for these thoughtful and insightful reports, which detail both the challenges facing our officers and some specific ways we can give them the support that they deserve."
"A damaging national narrative has emerged in which law enforcement officers – whether federal, state, local, or tribal – are seen not as protectors of communities but as oppressors," said COPS Office Director Phil Keith. “In this environment, where an inherently stressful job is made more so by a constant undercurrent of distrust and negative public opinion, the risks to officer wellness are exacerbated. This report is an important measure and reflection in our ongoing commitment to protect those who protect us. "
Under the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act, the COPS Office was required to submit reports to Congress that addressed:
(1) Recommendations to Congress on effectiveness of crisis lines for law enforcement officers, efficacy of annual mental health checks for law enforcement officers, expansion of peer mentoring programs, and ensuring privacy considerations for these types of programs;
(2) Mental health practices and services in the U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) that could be adopted by federal, state, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies; and
(3) Case studies of programs designed primarily to address officer psychological health and well-being.
The first report, Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Report to Congressincludes 22 recommendations to Congress ranging from supporting programs to embed mental health professionals in law enforcement agencies to supporting the development of model policies and implementation guidance for law enforcement agencies to make substantial efforts to reduce suicide.
The case studies report, Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs: Eleven Case Studies, is designed to provide an overview of multiple successful and promising law enforcement mental health and wellness strategies with the joint aims of informing Congress, state and local government officials, and the law enforcement field. The report includes 11 case studies from a diverse group of sites across the United States.
The Department of Justice is pleased to respond to the LEMHWA as officer safety, health, and wellness is a longstanding priority of the agency. The reports released today address some of the most pressing issues currently facing our law enforcement community.
The COPS Office has a near 25-year history of supporting the efforts of state, local and tribal law enforcement, including the management of the National Blue Alert Network. The agency awards grants to hire community policing officers, develop and test innovative policing strategies, and provide training and technical assistance to community members, local government leaders, and all levels of law enforcement. Since 1994, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to help advance community policing.
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Such a shame Bill did not get Jolly Jerry's memo....or did he?

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff, Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, Committee on Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, and Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot L. Engel issued the following joint statement calling for Attorney General William Barr to cancel a press conference on Special Counsel Mueller’s report scheduled to take place before Congress is set to the receive the report:

“The Department of Justice announced today that the Attorney General will hold a press conference tomorrow morning before Congress has even seen Special Counsel Mueller’s report.  This press conference, which apparently will not include Special Counsel Mueller, is unnecessary and inappropriate, and appears designed to shape public perceptions of the report before anyone can read it. 

“In addition, we understand from press reports that the Department of Justice has had ‘numerous conversations’ with lawyers from the White House about the report, which ‘have aided the President’s legal team as it prepares a rebuttal to the report.’  There is no legitimate reason for the Department to brief the White House prior to providing Congress a copy of the report. 

“These new actions by the Attorney General reinforce our concern that he is acting to protect President Trump. The Attorney General previously stated, ‘I do not believe it would be in the public’s interest for me to attempt to summarize the full report or to release it in serial or piecemeal fashion.’ We agree.

“He should let the full report speak for itself. The Attorney General should cancel the press conference and provide the full report to Congress, as we have requested. With the Special Counsel’s fact-gathering work concluded, it is now Congress’ responsibility to assess the findings and evidence and proceed accordingly.”

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DOJ: Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid (ARPO) Strike Force Takedown Results in Charges Against 60 Individuals, Including 53 Medical Professionals

Charges Involve Over 350 Thousand Prescriptions for Controlled Substances and Over 32 Million Pills; ARPO Strike Force Grows to 10 Districts, Expanding to Include the Western District of Virginia Attorney

General William P. Barr and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M. Azar II, together with multiple law enforcement partners, today announced enforcement actions involving 60 charged defendants across 11 federal districts, including 31 doctors, seven pharmacists, eight nurse practitioners, and seven other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in the illegal prescribing and distributing of opioids and other dangerous narcotics and for health care fraud schemes.  In addition, HHS announced today that since June 2018, it has excluded over 2,000 individuals from participation in Medicare, Medicaid and all other Federal health care programs, which includes more than 650 providers excluded for conduct related to opioid diversion and abuse.  Since July 2017, DEA has issued 31 immediate suspension orders, 129 orders to show cause, and received 1,386 surrenders for cause nationwide for violations of the Controlled Substances Act. 
“The opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history, and Appalachia has suffered the consequences more than perhaps any other region,” Attorney General William P. Barr said.  “But the Department of Justice is doing its part to help end this crisis.  One of the Department's most promising new initiatives is the Criminal Division's Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force, which began its work in December.  Just four months later, this team of federal agents and 14 prosecutors has charged 60 defendants for alleged crimes related to millions of prescription opioids.  I am grateful to the Criminal Division, their U.S. Attorney partners, and to the members of the strike force for this outstanding work that holds the promise of saving many lives in Appalachian communities.”
“Reducing the illicit supply of opioids is a crucial element of President Trump’s plan to end this public health crisis,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar.  “It is also vital that Americans struggling with addiction have access to treatment and that patients who need pain treatment do not see their care disrupted, which is why federal and local public health authorities have coordinated to ensure these needs are met in the wake of this enforcement operation.  The Trump Administration’s law enforcement and public health leaders will continue to work hand in hand to end this crisis that has hit Appalachia hard and steals far too many lives across America every day.” 
Attorney General Barr and Secretary Azar were joined in the announcement by Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Robert M. Duncan Jr. for the Eastern District of Kentucky; U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman for the Western District of Kentucky; U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman for the Southern District of Ohio; U.S. Attorney William J. Powell for the Northern District of West Virginia; U.S. Attorney Michael B. Stuart for the Southern District of West Virginia; U.S. Attorney J. Douglas Overbey for the Eastern District of Tennessee; U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee; U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee; U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town for the Northern District of Alabama; U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen for the Western District of Virginia; Executive Assistant Director Amy Hess of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch; Deputy Inspector General for Investigations Gary L. Cantrell of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), Assistant Administrator John J. Martin of the DEA Diversion Control Division, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Program Integrity (CPI) Alec Alexander.
In addition to the cases announced today, Attorney General Barr and U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen announced today that the ARPO Strike Force will expand into the Western District of Virginia, making it the tenth ARPO Strike Force district.  ARPO is a joint law enforcement effort that brings together the resources and expertise of the Health Care Fraud Unit in the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section (HCF Unit), the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for ten federal districts in six states, as well as law enforcement partners at the FBI, HHS Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  In addition, the operation includes the participation of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, multiple State Medicaid Fraud Control Units, and other federal and state agencies.  The mission of the ARPO Strike Force is to identify and investigate health care fraud schemes in the Appalachian region and surrounding areas, and to effectively and efficiently prosecute medical professionals and others involved in the illegal prescription and distribution of opioids. 
The charges announced today involve individuals contributing to the opioid epidemic, with a particular focus on medical professionals involved in the unlawful distribution of opioids and other prescription narcotics, a priority for the Department.  According to the CDC, approximately 130 Americans die every day of an opioid overdose.  
“Today’s takedown demonstrates the FBI’s unwavering commitment to working alongside our Strike Force partners, including the HHS-OIG and DEA, to fight the opioid epidemic and related criminal activity in the Appalachian region,” said FBI Executive Assistant Director Hess. “We will not stand by and allow the harmful and oftentimes deadly practice of over-prescribing highly addictive drugs to continue unchecked. The FBI will pursue medical personnel who misuse their positions of trust to blatantly disregard others’ very lives for their own financial gain.”
“The opioid crisis has had a devastating impact in the Appalachian region,” said Principal Deputy Inspector General Chiedi. “Addressing this public health issue and ensuring beneficiaries have continuity of care requires a collaborative approach with our federal, state, and local partners. Our commitment is resolute. We will continue working together to protect the health and well-being of all Americans and ending this terrible epidemic.”
“Opioid misuse and abuse is an insidious epidemic, created in large part, by the over-prescribing of potent opioids nationwide, and unfortunately, Appalachia is at the center,” said DEA Assistant Administrator Martin.  “Today’s announcement sends a clear message that investigations involving diversion of prescription drugs have been, and continue to be, a priority for DEA.”
“CMS CPI is proud to work very closely everyday with our law enforcement partners to stop the exploitation of vulnerable patients and misuse of taxpayer dollars,” said Deputy Administrator and Director of Center for Program Integrity Alexander. “Nowhere is this collaboration more important than in our fight against the opioid crisis in America. This is one of the President’s highest priorities and we are proud to be an important part of the largest prescription opioid enforcement effort ever undertaken. We will continue to work tirelessly through investigation, data coordination and administrative action to protect the health and wellbeing of all Americans.”
The ARPO Strike Force is made up of prosecutors and data analysts with the HCF Unit, prosecutors with the 10 U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the region, including the newly added Western District of Virginia, and special agents with the FBI, HHS-OIG and DEA.  The ARPO Strike Force operates out of two hubs based in the Cincinnati, Ohio/Northern Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee, areas, supporting the 10 districts that make up the ARPO Strike Force region.  In addition, the APRO Strike Force works closely with other state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, State Medicaid Fraud Control Units. 
For the ARPO Strike force locations, in the Southern District of Ohio, six individuals, including two doctors and three registered pharmacists were charged with several counts, including unlawful distribution of controlled substances and conspiracy to obtain controlled substances by fraud.  In one case, a doctor who is alleged to have been at one time the highest prescriber of controlled substances in the state, and several pharmacists are charged with operating an alleged “pill mill” in Dayton, Ohio.  According to the indictment, between October 2015 and October 2017 alone, the pharmacy allegedly dispensed over 1.75 million pills.  These cases were brought with assistance from the FBI, DEA, and HHS-OIG, as well as the Ohio Attorney General's Office, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit; the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Ohio; the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the Ohio Medical Board.
In the Western District of Kentucky, a doctor was charged with controlled substance and health care fraud counts in connection with providing pre-signed, blank prescriptions to office staff who then used them to prescribe controlled substances when he was out of the office, and for directing staff at the clinic, including individuals not licensed to practice medicine, to perform medical services on patients.  In another case, a doctor, a Florida compounding pharmacy and its owner were charged in connection with a scheme that involved the payment of alleged kickbacks in return for writing prescriptions for compounded drugs that included controlled substances, and for fraudulently inflating the costs for prescriptions that were billed for reimbursement by Medicare and TRICARE.  These cases were brought with assistance from the FBI, DEA, HHS-OIG, and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, as well as the Kentucky State Police, the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, the Kentucky Office of Inspector General, the Kentucky Department of Insurance, and the Kentucky Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
In the Eastern District of Kentucky, a total of five people were charged, including three doctors, a dentist and an office assistant who were charged in connection with several health care fraud and/or controlled substance schemes.  In one case a doctor operating a clinic that focused on pain management allegedly provided pre-signed, blank prescriptions to office staff who then used them to prescribe controlled substances when he was out of the office.  In another case, a solo practitioner who operates a five-clinic family practice focusing on pain management allegedly billed Medicare for urine testing that was not done and for urine testing that was not medically necessary.  A dentist was charged for alleged conduct that included writing prescriptions for opioids that had no legitimate medical purpose and that were outside the usual course of professional practice, removing teeth unnecessarily, scheduling unnecessary follow-up appointments, and billing inappropriately for services.  In yet another case, a doctor was charged for allegedly prescribing opioids to Facebook friends who would come to his home to pick up prescriptions, and for signing prescriptions for other persons based on messenger requests to his office manager, who then allegedly delivered the signed prescriptions in exchange for cash. These cases were brought with assistance from the FBI, DEA, HHS-OIG, and the Kentucky Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
In the Middle District of Tennessee, federal indictments were unsealed today charging nine Middle Tennessee medical professionals, including four doctors, four nurse practitioners and a pharmacist, with various charges alleging their participation in illegally prescribing and dispensing opioids and other dangerous narcotics and health care fraud schemes.  Two cases involve doctors who were previously sanctioned by the Tennessee Medical Board in connection with the overprescribing of opioids, one of whom was sanctioned for providing prescriptions to vulnerable patients, while the other allegedly prescribed opioid pills after serving a Board imposed term of probation.  Another case alleges that a doctor prescribed opioids and other controlled substances to at least four individuals.  In another case, an advanced practice registered nurse at a pain management clinic allegedly wrote prescriptions for opioids that had no legitimate medical purpose and that were outside the usual course of professional practice.  Separately, a pharmacist was charged for allegedly dispensing large amounts of opioids outside the usual scope of professional practice and for no legitimate medical purpose.  Finally, a podiatrist was charged with unlawful distribution of controlled substances.  In addition to assistance provided by the FBI, DEA, and HHS-OIG, these cases were brought in connection with assistance from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit; the 18th Judicial District Drug Task Force; the Sumner County District Attorney’s Office; and the District Attorney General for the 22nd Judicial District.
In the Eastern District of Tennessee, at total of eight individuals, including five doctors, a nurse practitioner, a physician’s assistant, and an office manager were charged in four cases.  Four doctors, a nurse practitioner and a physician’s assistant were charged with the unlawful distribution of opioids.  Two doctors were charged with health care fraud violations.  Three of these cases are related to alleged pill mill operations in the Eastern District of Tennessee. In addition to assistance provided by the FBI, DEA, and HHS-OIG, these cases were brought in connection with assistance from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
In the Western District of Tennessee, 15 individuals were charged, involving eight doctors and several other medical professionals.  In one case, a doctor who branded himself the “Rock Doc,” allegedly prescribed powerful and dangerous combinations of opioids and benzodiazepines, sometimes in exchange for sexual favors; over approximately three years, the doctor allegedly prescribed approximately 500,000 hydrocodone pills, 300,000 oxycodone pills, 1,500 fentanyl patches, and more than 600,000 benzodiazepine pills.  In another case, a nurse practitioner charged with conspiracy to unlawfully distribute controlled substances allegedly prescribed over  500,000 Hydrocodone pills, approximately 300,000 Oxycodone pills, and approximately 300,000 benzodiazepine pills (mostly Alprazolam), along with a myriad of other controlled substances.  In another case, a physician charged with controlled substances and health care fraud violations allegedly prescribed approximately 300,000 hydrocodone pills, 200,000 oxycodone pills, 2,500 fentanyl patches, and 180,000 benzodiazepine pills, and prescribed medically unnecessary durable medical equipment that was billed to Medicare.  Another doctor charged with controlled substances violations allegedly prescribed approximately 4.2 million opioid pills, sometimes in dangerous combinations with other drugs, such as benzodiazepines, and prescribed opioids to known addicts.  In addition to assistance provided by the FBI, DEA, and HHS-OIG, these cases were brought in connection with assistance from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the Tennessee Office of Inspector General, and the West Tennessee Drug Task Force (28th District).
In the Northern District of Alabama, multiple individuals were charged in five cases, including four doctors.  In one case, the owners and operators of a medical clinic and dispensary were charged with the unlawful distribution of controlled substances and health care fraud.  In that case, a doctor allegedly prescribed opioids in high dosages, dangerous combinations, and in many cases, after having knowledge that patients failed drug screens and were addicts, preferring cash payments and charging a “concierge fee” that ranged from approximately $50 per visit or $600 per year.  In another case, a doctor allegedly recruited prostitutes and other young women with whom he had sexual relationships to become patients at his clinic, while simultaneously allowing them and their associates to abuse illicit drugs at his house.  In yet another case, a doctor allegedly dispensed controlled substances and other prescription drugs directly from the clinic, and prescribed excessive quantities of controlled substances to the same patients several times per month resulting in as many as 15 pills per day for some patients.  In that case, the doctor also signed blank prescription forms to be completed by her staff when she was not at the clinic. 
In addition to assistance provided by the FBI, DEA, HHS-OIG, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, these cases were brought in connection with assistance from the Hoover Police Department, the Huntsville Police Department, the Huntsville Area HIDTA Drug Task Force Strategic Counter Drug Team, the Marshall County Drug Task Force, the Alabama Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. 
In the Northern District of West Virginia, a case was brought against an orthopedic surgeon who allegedly used fraudulent prescriptions to obtain tablets of acetaminophen-codeine for his own use. To obtain the pills, the surgeon allegedly wrote out prescriptions using his DEA number, and in the names of a relative even though the pills were for his own use, using a driver’s license that he had stolen from a colleague to obtain the pills from pharmacy.  This case was brought in connection with assistance from the DEA and HHS-OIG.
In the Southern District of West Virginia, a doctor was charged with allegedly distributing narcotics, including dextroamphetamine, methylphenidate, and amphetamine salt, to a patient who did not have a medical need for the drugs and whom the doctor never examined. This case was brought in connection with assistance from the DEA and HHS-OIG.
In addition to the ARPO Strike Force districts, today’s enforcement actions include cases brought in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Eastern District of Louisiana. 
In the Eastern District of Louisiana, a neurologist at an alleged pill mill was charged with conspiracy to dispense controlled substances and conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  The defendant allegedly pre-signed prescriptions for controlled substances, including oxycodone, for patients whom he did not personally examine to determine medical necessity for the prescriptions, and pre-signed prescriptions for controlled substances while he was travelling internationally.  The defendant allegedly knew that certain of these patients used their Medicare Part D and Medicaid benefits to pay for the medically unnecessary prescriptions. In addition to assistance provided by the FBI, DEA, HHS-OIG, these cases were brought in connection with assistance from the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs – Office of Investigations.
In the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a former licensed practical nurse allegedly filled fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone in her name and in the names of others at a local pharmacy in order to obtain the pills for herself and to distribute to others. In addition to assistance provided by the FBI, DEA, HHS-OIG, the Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Marshalls Service, these cases were brought in connection with assistance from the Caln Township Police.
For any patients impacted by the law enforcement operations, DOJ, DEA, HHS-OIG, HHS’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and all five State Departments of Health are deploying federal and state-level strategies to address patient harm and insure continuity of care.  Additional information regarding available treatment programs and where patients can turn for assistance is available as follows:
Alabama: The Alabama Department of Mental Health has a dedicated telephone number to connect those affected by the closure. The toll-free substance abuse number is 1-844-307-1760.   Information about substance abuse and opioids is available at the following websites:
Kentucky: If you are in Kentucky and are suffering with addiction you can find help by calling 833-8KY-HELP or logging in at
Ohio: If you are seeking help in Ohio, please call the OhioMHAS patient helpline, at 1-877-275-6364
Tennessee: If you are seeking help in Tennessee:
  • For a referral to addiction treatment services, call the Tennessee REDLINE: 800-889-9789.
  • In a mental health crisis, call the Statewide Crisis Line: 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471).
  • For help accessing substance abuse or mental health services call the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Helpline: 800-560-5767 or 615-532-6700.  This line is staffed Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CT.

West Virginia: If you are in West Virginia and are suffering with addiction you can find help by calling 1-844-HELP-4WV or logging in at
For individuals seeking help in other states, please call 1-800-662-HELP
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. Since its inception in March 2007, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, which maintains 14 strike forces operating in 23 districts, has charged nearly 4,000 defendants who have collectively billed the Medicare program for more than $14 billion.  The Medicare Fraud Strike Force, including the ARPO Strike Force, has charged more than 200 individuals with opioid-related crimes.
If you, a family member, friend or loved one believe you may be a victim in any of these cases or in connection with any charged defendant, please visit the following website for additional information:
Additional documents related to this announcement are available here:

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