A Cedar Hill doctor who operates several small Texas hospitals was recently accused in a federal indictment of instructing employers to change correctly entered diagnostic codes in billings to Medicare and Medicaid programs. According to the charges, the codes were changed, deleted or incorrectly sequenced in such a way that they departed from the actual diagnoses of the patients.
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is stepping up efforts to significantly reduce Medicaid fraud.
On Tuesday, a Dallas man was hauled into federal court on a charge of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft. The 22-year-old man allegedly shined a laser beam into a Dallas police helicopter to see how far it would go. According to federal authorities, the intensity of the laser beam obscured the vision of the pilot and impaired the pilot's ability to control the aircraft.
Medicaid-the state-federal health program for poor children, pregnant women disabled adults and nursing home residents-is a valuable resource for those who truly need it. Unfortunately, Medicaid funds are subject to a significant amount of fraud every year. Because fraud, waste and abuse of Medicaid funds is so widespread, a good deal of energy is spent attempting to curb its occurrence and recoup losses.
MoneyGram, a large company which enables its customers to send transfers of money nationwide and throughout the globe, has settled threats of prosecution against it for fraud. The company and federal prosecutors agreed that the company will pay $100 million in forfeitures and comply with other conditions of the deal for five years. At the end of that time, the government will drop all pending criminal charges.
Fraud charges against Dallas socialite Erin Hill were recently dismissed. Erin Hill, along with her husband Al Hill, had been charged in an alleged attempt to defraud a bank on a mortgage loan application. Al Hill is one of the heirs to the H.L. Hunt oil fortune, and has reportedly been involved in a contentious lawsuit with his family over his share of the inheritance. A settlement was reached between he and Al Hill Jr., his estranged father, back in 2010, though that case is currently on appeal.
A man and his three sons who allegedly scammed investors out of millions apparently had exquisite-and expensive-tastes.
A dentist accused of Medicaid fraud has recently accused a local television station, actor Owen Wilson's mother, and a real estate blogger of defamation, slander and invasion of privacy.
Former Mavericks star Dirk Minniefield, now 51 years old, recently had a trial on fraud charges cancelled after prosecutors agreed to allow him to enter into a diversion program. Participation in the program will allow him to avoid conviction on charges stemming from an alleged $10 million mortgage scheme in Texas.