Scum bags who commit fraud against our country

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    With all the issues we have with "entitlement" programs like Medicare and Medicaid, we don't need *** like these people making things worse. Are these people American citizens to begin with? It seems every time these people are busted, they flee the country. Makes me angry (Happy Mother's Day btw).

    http://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/fugitives/p...asp#jfernandez
    Last edit by Esme12 on May 13, '13 : Reason: TOS

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    Just curious: is it worse for an American to do these things, or only someone with a Hispanic surname?

    Whatever the nationality of the perpetrator, Medicare/Medicaid fraud does make life harder on both the 'entitled' and the innocent alike, and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
    KelRN215, StNeotser, BCgradnurse, and 6 others like this.
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    Those are some ugly mugs.
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    Quote from TheMediaLies
    With all the issues we have with "entitlement" programs like Medicare and Medicaid, we don't need POS like these people making things worse. Are these people American citizens to begin with? It seems every time these people are busted, they flee the country. Makes me angry (Happy Mother's Day btw).

    Profiles | OIG Most Wanted Fugitives | Fraud | Office of Inspector General | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    I agree, fraud should be prosecuted.

    OP, are Medicare and Medicaid entitlement programs? I thought they were healthcare insurance programs?
    sharpeimom, StNeotser, BCgradnurse, and 2 others like this.
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    I hate it when people throw around the word "entitlement" when they are referring to medical care. Would you want your grandmother to continue to work until she dies because she needs the health insurance an employer provides? Do you want unborn children to go without prenatal care because their laid-off mothers can't get hired no matter how hard they try?

    I think we can shed light on an important issue (fraud at the hands of medical billers) without insulting the recipients of vital resources.
    NutmeggeRN, sharpeimom, StNeotser, and 4 others like this.
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    moved to breakroom Healthcare / Medicare / Medicaid for best response...members may have to re log in by using the same user name and password.
    aknottedyarn and herring_RN like this.
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    Criminals stealing our tax money are convicted routinely. I am glad they are caught. Investigations leading to convictions have increased in recent years. These criminals must be stopped whether they are robbong insurance companies or Medicare.

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    leslie :-D, StNeotser, and tewdles like this.
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    Medicare is not an "entitlement". It is a program for the people paid for by the people.
    Corporate handouts are "entitlements"...not for the people and paid for by the people.
    leslie :-D, NutmeggeRN, sharpeimom, and 4 others like this.
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    Entitlement is the lack of taxes paid by large corporations, banks, and those churches that are used to hide money for the very wealthy.

    Social Security is earned money held in trust by our government for the old age and other needs of their citizens. Under the former president this money was removed and borrowed by the government. It has not been returned.

    Medicare is insurance for older Americans. As one who receives it I can tell you it is not free. Am I entitled to get it? Yes. Does that make it an entitlement? No.

    As to the illegal activities: Until I see the bankers in jail that caused the recession I wonder about our justice system. Iceland jailed them and their economy rebounded. In our country they are white men and a great majority of our jail cells are filled with people of color. Somehow we accept unacceptable behaviors from some Americans but not others.
    GrnTea, leslie :-D, brownbook, and 5 others like this.
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    Another medicare thief is Rick Scott of Florida.................

    Rick Scott: Florida's Drug Fraud Enabler? | Mother Jones

    In 1997, Rick Scott was implicated in the biggest Medicare fraud case in US history, stepping down as CEO of Columbia/HCA after the hospital giant was fined $1.7 billion and found guilty of swindling the government. As Florida's new governor, Scott is now trying to kill off an anti-fraud database that would track the fraudulent distribution of addictive prescription drugs in Florida, over the protestations of law enforcement officials, Republican state lawmakers, and federal drug policy officials.


    I think he's a US citizen.......
    GrnTea, leslie :-D, brownbook, and 3 others like this.


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