State Lawmaker Charged in COVID Fraud Scheme


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COVID-19 Related Fraud

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New York Times: Lawmaker Promoted Stem Cell Therapy for Covid-19 in Fraud Scheme, U.S. Says A Republican state representative in Missouri, falsely claimed to patients at her medical clinic that she was injecting them with stem cells, prosecutors said. Dr. Tricia Derges, a Republican State Representative, raked in nearly $200,000 from patients, according to prosecutors.


NBC News 15: Six in the Mobile area indicted for COVID relief fraud Six people have been indicted in Mobile Federal Court on fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering charges for allegedly filing fraudulent SBA COVID relief loan applications. In total, more than $680,000 is alleged to have been issued 5 other people named in the indictment.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: W. Va. woman pleads guilty to COVID unemployment relief fraud A West Virginia woman pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and fraud charges in connection with a COVID-19 benefit scam. The woman was among 33 people indicted in August on charges related to conspiring to collect emergency benefits in someone else’s name, many of them prison inmates.


Case Settlements & Opinions

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Dept. of Justice: Florida Businesswoman Pleads Guilty to Criminal Health Care and Tax Fraud Charges and Agrees to $20.3 Million Civil False Claims Act Settlement A Florida businesswoman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud and filing a false tax return and faces a maximum penalty of 13 years in federal prison.


Dept. of Justice: Pain Clinic Pays More Than $1.6 Million To Settle False Claims Act And Kickback Allegations Two Florida pain management clinics have agreed to pay more than $1.6 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute. As part of settlement, the United States contends Collier Anesthesia and Tampa Pain engaged in an illegal kickback scheme by causing affiliated surgery centers to waive copayments for surgical facility fees in order to induce patients to receive injection procedures.


The National Law Review: D.C.’s Tax Fraud Qui Tam Statute Has Been Passed. Who’s Next? With DC expanded the scope of its False Claims Act, Jennifer Thelusma from Tycko & Zavareei LLP highlights what the expansion does, and what state could be next.


Dept. of Justice: CEO Sentenced for $150 Million Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme The CEO of a Texas-based group of hospice and home health entities was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for falsely telling thousands of patients with long-term incurable diseases they had less than six months to live in order to enroll the patients in hospice programs.




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