fraud http://wwno.org en To a Thief, Your Medicare Card Is Better Than a Credit Card http://wwno.org/post/thief-your-medicare-card-better-credit-card <span style="color: black; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">In May, <a href="http://theadvocate.com/home/5976028-125/three-louisiana-doctors-indicted-following"><u><font color="#0000ff">The Advocate</font></u></a> reported officials had indicted healthcare practitioners in Baton Rouge and New Orleans for fraudulent Medicare billings totaling at least $80 million. Julie Agan, Senior Medicare Patrol Officer for EQ Health, says the fraud could get worse, but there are ways to guard against it.</span><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/07/agan_final.mp3" class="asset-audio">Julie Agan</a><p> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:02:00 +0000 Susan Hidalgo-Smith 38069 at http://wwno.org Feds Charge 15 with Scamming BP Oil Spill Fund http://wwno.org/post/feds-charge-15-scamming-bp-oil-spill-fund <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Fifteen people have been charged with fraud for allegedly filing bogus claims for help after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday the phony claims were worth more than $300,000 combined.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 20:30:18 +0000 The Associated Press 30362 at http://wwno.org Louisiana Home Inspector Sentenced for Tax Fraud http://wwno.org/post/louisiana-home-inspector-sentenced-tax-fraud <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A home inspector has been sentenced to six years and six months in federal prison for tax fraud.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A federal judge Monday also sentenced Jack Ray Carr, of Baton Rouge, to one year of supervised release following his release.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 02:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 26554 at http://wwno.org Covington Businessman Charged with Defrauding Bank http://wwno.org/post/covington-businessman-charged-defrauding-bank <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The owner of a Covington development and construction company has been charged with fraudulently obtaining a multimillion-dollar bank loan.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Raymond Grow II, owner and operator of Masters Built Construction LLC, was charged Wednesday in federal court with one count of making a false statement to a bank.</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 17:52:51 +0000 The Associated Press 25910 at http://wwno.org Metairie man gets prison for $3.4M real-estate scam http://wwno.org/post/metairie-man-gets-prison-34m-real-estate-scam <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">A Metairie man has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for defrauding hundreds of investors in a Texas real-estate deal out of millions of dollars.</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 20:48:21 +0000 The Associated Press 19978 at http://wwno.org Woman gets prison in Medicare fraud plot http://wwno.org/post/woman-gets-prison-medicare-fraud-plot <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">A woman who worked as a patient recruiter for several Louisiana medical equipment companies has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for her role in a Medicare fraud scheme.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">U.S. District Judge James Brady in Baton Rouge also on Tuesday ordered 47-year-old Karen Rayburn to pay nearly $3.2 million in restitution.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:16:10 +0000 The Associated Press 19885 at http://wwno.org $258M jury verdict for state of Louisiana upheld http://wwno.org/post/258m-jury-verdict-state-louisiana-upheld <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">A $258 million judgment against health products maker Johnson &amp; Johnson has been upheld by a state appeals court.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 22:58:54 +0000 The Associated Press 19317 at http://wwno.org Man pleads guilty in health care fraud case http://wwno.org/post/man-pleads-guilty-health-care-fraud-case <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">Prosecutors say a Covington man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud in connection with a scheme in which he and his wife bilked a sleep clinic out of more than $800,000.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 18:54:01 +0000 The Associated Press 17004 at http://wwno.org Covington woman pleads guilty in health care fraud case http://wwno.org/post/covington-woman-pleads-guilty-health-care-fraud-case <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">A 45-year-old Covington woman has pleaded guilty for her role in a scheme stemming from her employment at a sleep study clinic.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says Angelina Leahy entered the plea Wednesday to one count of health care fraud.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 18:39:34 +0000 The Associated Press 16591 at http://wwno.org Houma contractor issued fraud summons http://wwno.org/post/houma-contractor-issued-fraud-summons <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">A Houma contractor was issued a summons on a fraud charge Wednesday for allegedly taking payments for more than a year on a home improvement project without completing the work.</p> Sun, 22 Jul 2012 17:42:16 +0000 The Associated Press 16283 at http://wwno.org