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drugs_1.jpgAccording to an article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, at least 45 pain clinics opened in Broward and Palm Beach counties in the past year, while state law makers and state and local law enforcement agencies stepped-up their efforts to put an end to the operation suspected “pill mills.”

In August 2008, 66 pain clinics were open for business in Broward and Palm Beach counties combined. The Sun-Sentinel article reports that according to data available from the Florida Department of Health, the number centers issuing narcotic pain medications currently is more than the times what it was in August 2008 – with 122 in Broward to 122 and in Palm Beach County to 108.

Pain clinics “are proliferating despite our efforts,” Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti said last week, after state and federal agents executed search warrants at three pain clinics owned or controlled by Christopher and Jeffrey George in Palm Beach County. The Georges’ homes were also searched.

Federal officials in charge of preventing fraud in the billion-dollar Medicare program ignored dozens of warnings of criminal activity during the Bush administration, according to investigations by the Associated Press and U.S. Senator Charles Grassley’s (R-IA) office.
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CMS received about 30 tips over more than three-years reporting scams, but less than half of them got any attention. Organized crime groups have realized it is much easier and less dangerous to steal millions from the Medicare without as opposed to traditional criminal enterprises like prostitution, gambling or dope dealing.
Southern California is one that has been particularly hard hit area for Medicare fraud, where Russian, Armenian and Nigerian mafias are under investigation by federal agents. Konstantin Grigoryan, a former Soviet army colonel turned crime boss, recently pled guilty to taking $20 million from Medicare. Click here to watch a CNN report including undercover surveillance video.

money%20in%20hand.jpgMIAMI, FL (September 29, 2009) Defendant Daniel Martinez, of Davie, Florida, was sentenced for his participation in a $20 million health care fraud and money laundering scheme. U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck sentenced Martinez to a total of a 150 months’ imprisonment followed by an additional 18 months of home confinement. For more: Click here.

By Benson Weintraub, Esquire, Fort Lauderdale February 14, 2008

Headshot.jpgBen Kuehne was my law partner for 5+ years during the 1980′-1990’s (Sonnett…Kuehne) and he mentored me since 1983 when I served as his ‘associate’ at the predecessor firm, Bierman, Sonnett, Shohat et. al.

I served as a full-time Visiting Professor of Law in 2005, after which I resumed private practice, now largely in the corporate compliance field (invariably circuitous to white collar criminal defense representation, particularly in the health care industry.).

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