Posts Tagged ‘Department of Justice’

U.S. appeals court in Miami to consider how much public can be allowed to know about 9/11

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A federal appeals court panel will hear arguments in Miami on Thursday about how much the public should be allowed to know about what led up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
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Miami-Dade nursing home chain sues its lawyers over $17 million healthcare fraud settlement

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

By Francisco Alvarado
FloridaBulldog.org
Two years ago, Plaza Health Network agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Justice $17 million to settle a civil investigation that revealed the Aventura-based nursing home chain operated an illegal kickback scheme involving Medicare and Medicaid patient referrals. Now, Plaza Health is looking to recoup the money by suing its former general counsel and the prominent law firm he was a partner in for malpractice.
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Fraud and billing mistakes cost Medicare – and taxpayers – tens of billions last year

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

By Fred Schulte /b>
Kaiser Health News
Federal health officials made more than $16 billion in improper payments to private Medicare Advantage health plans last year and need to crack down on billing errors by the insurers, a top congressional auditor testified Wednesday.
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Stephanie Murphy unites 150+ Congress members calling for response on Jewish centers threats

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy called Wednesday for federal authorities to respond swiftly and strongly to threats made to Jewish centers throughout the nation and got more than 150 of her colleagues to sign on.
Murphy and U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley, a New York Democrat who chairs the House Democratic Conference, sent the letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey expressing “deep concern regarding the recent spate of anonymous bomb threats made via telephone against Jewish Community Centers” and urged them to swiftly assess the situation and advise Congress about what is going on.
She also called for prosecutions and efforts to deter threats and to assist centers to enhance security.
“This is not an idle concern, given that there have been at least three casualty-causing attacks at JCCs or other Jewish institutions in the last two decades,” she added, referring to the shootings in Kansas, Seattle and California. “This is a national problem and, as such, it requires a national solution.”
The letter makes no explicit reference to rising concerns about a new wave of anti-Semitism in America, nor does it make any criticism of President Donald Trump for not explicitly condemning anti-Semitism, as many of her colleagues have charged.
It notes there have been at least 68 incidents targeting 53 Jewish centers in 26 states, according to the JCC Association of North America.
That includes the Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando, which is one of several centers to have received multiple threats.
Among the signatories are U.S. Reps. Val Demings, Darren Soto, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Alcee Hastings, Charlie Crist, Ted Deutch, Frederica Wilson, Lois Frankel, Mario Diaz-Balart, Gus Bilirakis, and Kathy Castor of the Florida delegation. The vast majority in a list of the first 116 signatories, provided with an accompanying press release, are Democrats, though

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Jacksonville scores $1M grant from Justice Department for youth services

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

On Thursday, the Jax Journey Oversight Committee met for the first time since July and had some good news regarding new federal money for Journey initiatives.
City grant administrator Damien Cook noted the Department of Justice awarded the city of Jacksonville $1 million for data analysis regarding the best way of going forward related to at-risk youth. This is a two-year grant.
The first six months will be used for a “steering committee” and then money will be deployed, including community outreach and identifying families and individuals that have been part of the youth criminal justice system.
This grant is intended to build off of the Journey programs, and only six cities in the country were selected for such grants.
Oversight, including having a city council member on the board, helped to secure the grant, which will be used to hire a project manager and two outreach workers.
Director Debbie Verges lauded the grant for “putting a square peg in a square hole,” saying the grant fit perfectly with what the city is already doing.
Cook noted there is so much unencumbered local money going to these programs that the city can get these awards.
The city became aware of the opportunity in late spring and “jumped all over it” ahead of the June deadline.
“It was actually a quick turnaround for the Department of Justice,” Cook noted.
The grant is supposed to go for “youth services,” Cook added.
This money will augment the $4.382 million allocated to the Journey in the budget that the city council passed on Tuesday.

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Broward courts accused of nurturing double standard of justice for poor, minorities

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
A letter from the U.S. Justice Department urging state judges across the country to eliminate “common” court practices that illegally trap poor defendants in cycles of debt and jail is reverberating in Broward with accusations that courts here favor the well-off.
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U.S. settles case against Broward Health for millions less than it lost in alleged fraud

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
The U.S. Justice Department settled a massive healthcare fraud case against Broward Health last month for millions of dollars less than the government lost as a result of the alleged fraud, records show.
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Rep. Alcee Hastings and 10 other House members implicated in alleged bribery scheme

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Congressional ethics investigators will review allegations that South Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings and 10 other House members took bribes by accepting campaign contributions from the payday lending industry shortly before or after taking official actions in support of the industry.
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Broward Health’s $70 million settlement leaves risk of criminal charges

Monday, September 21st, 2015

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Court documents describe the massive healthcare fraud that led Broward Health to pay $69.5 million to settle a whistleblower’s lawsuit last week as an illegal “scheme of mutual enrichment” between the hospital system and its physicians. Was it a criminal scheme?
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A stonewall of secrecy hides many 9-11 records on 14th anniversary of terrorist attacks

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

By Dan Christensen
FloridaBulldog.org
Seven weeks after the end of the massive cleanup at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan in 2002, a legal investigator for the families of 9/11 victims requested a copy of an arrest warrant issued by Interpol for fugitive al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The Justice Department replied that she’d first need bin Laden to sign a privacy waiver.
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