fraud

WRKF
8:02 am
Sun June 23, 2013

To a Thief, Your Medicare Card Is Better Than a Credit Card

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:39 am

In May, The Advocate 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.


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BP Oil Spill
2:30 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Feds Charge 15 with Scamming BP Oil Spill Fund

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.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday the phony claims were worth more than $300,000 combined.

Fourteen defendants were charged in bills of information, generally an indication that they have signed plea deals. A grand jury indicted one of them.

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Latest News
8:00 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Louisiana Home Inspector Sentenced for Tax Fraud

A home inspector has been sentenced to six years and six months in federal prison for tax fraud.

A federal judge Monday also sentenced Jack Ray Carr, of Baton Rouge, to one year of supervised release following his release.

Carr was convicted last June. Trial testimony showed that Carr threatened violence against a federal agent, filed false documents and tax returns with the IRS and tried to pay his tax debt with fraudulent bonds, fake money orders and a fake check.

Latest News
11:52 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Covington Businessman Charged with Defrauding Bank

The owner of a Covington development and construction company has been charged with fraudulently obtaining a multimillion-dollar bank loan.

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.

A court filing says Grow's company obtained a $3.4 million loan from First American Bank to pay for building a subdivision on a 22-acre parcel of property in Ponchatoula.

Fraud
3:48 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Metairie man gets prison for $3.4M real-estate scam

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.

U.S. District Judge Lance Africk also on Thursday ordered Michael B. Smuck to pay more than $789,000 in restitution that he still owes investors. Prosecutors say Smuck already has paid nearly $3 million to one group of investors he bilked.

Smuck, who pleaded guilty in May 2010 to one count of mail fraud, solicited investments in acquiring a Houston apartment complex called Briar Meadows.

Medicare Fraud
4:16 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Woman gets prison in Medicare fraud plot

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.

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.

Rayburn, of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

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Johnson & Johnson
5:58 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

$258M jury verdict for state of Louisiana upheld

A $258 million judgment against health products maker Johnson & Johnson has been upheld by a state appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a St. Landry Parish jury's decision that the company owed the money to the state for defrauding the Medicaid program, by misleading Louisiana doctors about the possible side effects of one of its anti-psychotic medications.

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Health Care Fraud
1:54 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Man pleads guilty in health care fraud case

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.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office said Thursday Boyd Leahy could face up to 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 1.

Boyd Leahy's guilty plea follows a guilty plea last week by his wife to one count of health care fraud.

Health Care Fraud
1:39 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Covington woman pleads guilty in health care fraud case

A 45-year-old Covington woman has pleaded guilty for her role in a scheme stemming from her employment at a sleep study clinic.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says Angelina Leahy entered the plea Wednesday to one count of health care fraud.

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Contractor Fraud
12:42 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Houma contractor issued fraud summons

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.

Houma police tell The Courier that John Hampton Ward, 52, had been paid about $12,900 since March 2011 to build cabinets at a local home through his company, Hampton Cabinets.

Detectives said they issued Ward a summons for home improvement fraud after the unidentified resident complained on July 13.

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