Monthly Archives: October 2012

Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General Joins Partnership to Fight Fraud and Corruption

Posted on October31, 2012
Pennsylvania's Office of Inspector General partnered today with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Philadelphia Police Department on a new campaign aimed at ending fraud and corruption. The campaign, which will run about five months and focus on Philadelphia County, will target fraud and corruption in federal, state and local government agencies. "Pennsylvania's Office of Inspector General is pleased to join forces with these nationally recognized organizations in an effort to end fraud,'' Kenya Mann…
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Florida Inspector General “Handcuffed” by Local Government

Posted on October30, 2012
Palm Beach County's public corruption watchdog has called for convening a grand jury to help cut through potential interference from some of the local governments she investigates. Inspector General Sheryl Steckler has asked the State Attorney's Office for a grand jury to review policies imposed by Palm Beach County government as well as the cities of Boca Raton and Delray Beach; policies that Steckler maintains get in the way of her oversight duties. Specifically, Steckler contends that county and city…
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), Office of Investigations Miami office busts Assisted Living Facility Owners Who Plead Guilty In $63 Million Fraud Scheme

Posted on October29, 2012
Two owners of Miami area assisted living facilities (ALF) pleaded guilty today in connection with a health care fraud scheme involving defunct Miami area health provider Health Care Solutions Network Inc. (HCSN), announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer of the Southern District of Florida; Michael B. Steinbach, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBI’s Miami Field Office; and Special Agent in Charge Christopher B. Dennis of the U.S. Department…
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Inspectors General of FHFA & SIGTARP and U.S. Attorney Sues Bank of America for over $1 Billion

Posted on October25, 2012
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Steve A. Linick, the Inspector General of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”), and Christy L. Romero, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (“SIGTARP”), announced today that the United States has filed a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit against BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (“BANK OF AMERICA”) and its predecessors Countrywide Financial Corporation and Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. (collectively, “COUNTRYWIDE”). The Government’s Complaint seeks damages…
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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services OIG announces Outlook 2013 Webcast

Posted on October24, 2012
OIG will launch its OIG Outlook 2013 webcast on October 24 at 11:00 a.m. EST.  This is a free event. Hear OIG top executives discuss emerging trends in combating fraud, waste, and abuse in Federal health care programs, OIG's top priorities for 2013, and upcoming projects outlined in the newly released OIG Work Plan. Sign up is not necessary. Who Should Tune In?  Health care providers, compliance officers, health care lawyers, trade association staff, health care program grant recipients, local,…
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First Annual Report released by Broward County, Florida Office of the Inspector General

Posted on October23, 2012
John Scott recently released his first Annual Report for the Broward Office Of The Inspector General. In the 2011-2012 Annual Report the Broward County, Florida Office "successfully established the key operational components of a new organization: recruiting, hiring, and training a professional staff." You may view the full Annual Report at http://www.broward.org/InspectorGeneral/Documents/OIGANNUALREPORT2011-2012.pdf   An article written by Brittany Wallman of the Sun Sentinel summarizes. He oversees 174 elected officials and 47,000 registered vendors. His office received 280 tips of government…
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New case management technology for investigating & reporting fraud, waste and abuse

Posted on October22, 2012
Recent innovation in technology has brought tremendous success in local, state and federal government investigative agencies in recovering millions of dollars from reported fraud, waste and abuse. Whether the organization is an Office of the Inspector General or a dedicated group of investigative departments such as an Office of Attorney General or a Health and Human Services division, most often dealing with Medicaid or Welfare, superior web-based case management technology has brought greater efficiency in capturing much needed funds that…
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