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California Man Gets 12 Years in Prison for Tax Fraud, ID Theft

A San Pablo, CA resident has been sentenced to serve ≠≠12 years in prison for filing tax returns using the identities of deceased individuals and stealing social security and refund checks destined for other individuals.

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Three Nigerians Convicted in Cyber Financial Fraud Scheme

Three Nigerian nationals, who in July 2015 were extradited from South Africa to the Southern District of Mississippi, have been convicted by a federal jury for their wide-ranging Internet fraud schemes. The convictions come in the wake of new legislation being pushed by Senate Aging Committee Chair Susan Collins aimed at protecting seniors from the type of fraudulent schemes perpetrated by the three convicted Nigerians.

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Donors Group Presses Court for Privacy Rights Affirmation

A network of charitable donors that includes individual philanthropists, families, and private foundations has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Becerra asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to uphold a federal district courtís earlier ruling that the California attorney generalís attempt to force a charitable organization to disclose its donor list is an unconstitutional burden on its First Amendment rights.

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Western Union Pays $586 Million to Settle Money Laundering Charges

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice have entered into a settlement agreement with Western Union in which the company admits to criminal anti-money laundering violations that have negatively and disproportionately affected aging Americans. As part of the agreement, Western Union will pay the government $586 million.

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Hospital to Pay $12 Million to Settle False Claims Allegations

South Miami Hospital, a nonprofit regional hospital located in South Miami, FL, has agreed to pay the United States approximately $12 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to federal healthcare programs for medically unnecessary electrophysiology studies and other procedures allegedly performed by John R. Dylewski, M.D., at South Miami Hospital.

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Three Get Prison Terms for Home Health Service Fraud

The defendants and others conspired between 2009 to 2013 to defraud Medicaid by submitting false documentation to become an accredited home healthcare provider, forging documents to make it appear doctors had approved specific plans of care, fabricating and billing for home health visits that had not taken place.

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Sixth Circuit Upholds Controversial Medicaid Policy in Ohio

The federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an Ohio Medicaid policy that delays the start date of Medicaid assisted living services until the date on which a Medicaid service plan is approved.

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AHCA Files Court Challenge to Arbitration Rule

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services challenging the legality of a provision of a recently released regulation.

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Skilled Nursing Facility Pays $2.5 Million to Settle Medicare Case

Haverhill, MA-based skilled nursing facility operator Whittier Health Network Inc. and its director of long-term care Leo Curtin have agreed to pay $2.5 million to resolve allegations concerning inflated Medicare claims. The agreement concerns rehabilitation therapy that Massachusetts-based Therapy...

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Four Indicted in Massive Nursing Home Fraud Scheme

Four Indiana men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a vast fraud, kickback, and money laundering scheme involving Indiana-based nursing home chain American Senior Communities (ASC).  Those charged include James Burkhart, 51, of Carmel, IN, who formerly served as ASC&...

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