25 Charged in Fraud Involving Home Care in DC

Ben Nuckols, ABC News, February 21, 2014

Twenty-five people were charged Thursday with obtaining at least $75 million in fraudulent Medicaid payments from the District of Columbia government, a series of cases that federal prosecutors said added up to the largest health-care fraud in the city’s history.

The alleged schemes, which prosecutors said were similar but not necessarily part of a unified conspiracy, involved bogus claims for home care services, a category of Medicaid claim that has grown dramatically in the city over the past 8 years. The uptick in billings for home care—from $40 million in 2006 to $280 million last year—was part of what tipped off authorities to illegal activity, U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said.

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Prosecutors say many of the defendants persuaded patients to fake illness or injury so they could bill Medicaid for home care they didn’t receive. Some of those patients received kickbacks, authorities said, although no patients have been charged. Those charged include the owners of home-care firms and nurse staffing agencies, home-care aides and recruiters who signed up patients.

Among those charged was Florence Bikundi, 51, of Bowie, Md., the owner of a home care agency who had lost her nursing license and was barred from participating in Medicaid. Authorities said that by using aliases, she was able to bill the city for $75 million in Medicaid payments.

Machen said it wasn’t clear whether any of those payments went to legitimate home care services, but Bikundi was able to amass significant personal wealth, authorities said. Among the property seized from her were millions of dollars from 46 bank accounts, a 7,300-square-foot home valued at $927,000 and five luxury vehicles.

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A dozen people were charged in five federal indictments that were unsealed Thursday. Thirteen others were charged with fraud in D.C. Superior Court. {snip}

Many of those charged are immigrants from Cameroon in west Africa, but authorities did not go into detail about their nationalities.

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  • JackKrak

    File under “Would Be Huge Front-Page News If….”

    • MekongDelta69

      If this was 1956. But sadly – it’s not…

  • Geo1metric

    This is typical of BRA; this kind of thing is a big reason Dirtriot is what it currently is. These people think that corruption is how everyone “makes” money. They simply do not understand civilization.

  • Extropico

    These crimmigrants were just doing the malfeasance that entitled Amerikans refuse to do.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    Aren’t Liberal economists always telling us that immigrants are a plus to the economy? I’m willing to guarantee Liberal economists do not factor in the vast amount of fraud by immigrants designed to bilk money from the government. Fraud that we see in this story and countless other stories in the past. The figure must be in the billions.

    • APaige

      I thought we stopped importing Africans 200 years ago.

      • Zimriel

        We stopped importing slaves. We’re importing masters now.

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    “Authorities did not go into detail about their nationalities”

    “Florence Bikundi” and “Cameroon in west Africa” tell us all we need to know.

    • Erasmus

      Is it aliens like Ms. Bikundi that the writers who claim how smart west Africans are had in mind?

  • Spartacus

    “Many of those charged are immigrants from Cameroon in west Africa, but
    authorities did not go into detail about their nationalities. ”

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    Gr0ids. That’s all you need to know .

  • http://saboteur365.wordpress.com/ bigone4u

    There was a similar case years ago in San Antonio where a wealthy Mexican doctor was doing the same thing. I’m sure this is common because blacks and browns would rather scam for a living than earn an honest dollar. Until we can separate and live in our white ethno-state all we can do is sabotage the system in whatever ways we can.

    • MBlanc46

      Like the new icon.

      • http://saboteur365.wordpress.com/ bigone4u

        Thanks. A wolf in sheep’s clothing. That’s what we all have to be to survive in multicult USA. If you go to my new blog you can see more of the picture, which is cropped from the original, and if you google “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” 100 percent of the picture can be found easily. I should know, but I don’t recall the artist’s name.

        • MBlanc46

          What’s the URL of the new blog?

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    What are black African immigrants doing in the US? After 400 hundred years of problems with our own black African savages, the federal government decided to go behind our backs and import more of them into the country. Alas, we must become multicultural even if it kills us.

    • IstvanIN

      You are so right on. If at, the time of the treasonous 1965 immigration act, we had still not absorbed and assimilated our native black population why in heaven’s name would anyone think that adding more racial diversity would be a good thing? Or even adding more blacks? Yes, I know the reason, to destroy us, but why would so many White American politicians, who were the overwhelming majority members of Congress, go along with a such a thing?

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        I’ve actually thought about this for quite some time. The question
        intrigues me. Why would a large percentage of white politicians ever go ahead with a policy as destructive and suicidal as mass 3rd world immigration?

        The Japanese, for example, would rather “bite the demographic
        bullet” and invest in more capital-intensive production methods then
        replace their own people with hordes of 3rd world immigrants. The Japanese have created one of the most economically prosperous societies on earth, yet refuse to engage in the large-scale commercial exploitation of 3rd world labor. Therefore, we can rule out the possibility that mass 3rd world immigration to western nations is driven primarily by demographic and economic factors. Even the Chinese, who pay lip service to Marxist-Leninist dogma, would never contemplate using mass 3rd world immigration to wage class and demographic warfare against their own people. China has been more heavily influenced by classical Marxist dogma than the west and even they refuse to wreck their civilization by importing large numbers of 3rd world foreigners. Because of this, socialistic policies cannot be an entirely adequate explanation for the immigration sickness that has gripped the west for the last 60 years.

        A high IQ society would maximize its survival by resisting the
        importation of 3rd world immigrants because of their dysgenic effect
        on the entire civilization. So why would a high IQ population engage in the systematic destruction of its own culture? Although the Japanese, high caste Chinese and whites appear to have similar levels of intelligence, only whites engage in this obviously self-destructive and nihilistic behavior. I am forced to conclude that IQ, although of high predictive value on an individual level, is not a useful metric for generating statistically accurate predictions of aggregate social and cultural behavior. If it were, the Japanese and high caste Chinese would also be actively trying to wipe out their own civilizations. This is manifestly not the case. The ideologically-driven self-destruction of western societies around the globe is unparalleled in human history.

        So what is the reason, if economics, socialist ideology and IQ cannot satisfactorily explain why the west has decided to destroy itself? My guess is that the west has succumbed to a form of a-racial Christian universalism. This was only possible because of the individualistic tendencies of Europeans, which has made them less collectivistic and less likely to assert their racial interests with the same aggressiveness as non-whites. Christianity is a guilt religion that demands expiation of sins. The atrocities of WWII have only served to exacerbate this Christian sense of guilt, which is why westerners seek to expiate the sins of western culture through collective suicide. As Christianity became increasingly secularized, slavery, European colonialism, as well as the Holocaust (leaving aside the question of its historicity), were cast as the original sins of western man in a psychological drama of guilt and universal atonement. These sins cannot be expiated by those directly responsible for them. Guilt is transmitted biologically from generation to generation, so the only form of redemption available to Europeans is to seek forgiveness from their 3rd world colonizers by dying for the sins of their ancestors.

        The transformation of medieval Christianity into a form of a-racial Christian universalism has also contributed to the rise and development of ideologies that emphasize human perfectibility in the absence of supernatural guidance, such as cultural Marxism. The cultural Marxists have successfully exploited Christian guilt for the subversion and destruction of the institutions of western culture from within. They have done everything in their power to undermine the Enlightenment principles responsible for western scientific and economic progress by denying the existence of objective truth and the efficacy of reason. The cultural Marxists have substituted equity for justice and have denounced reason as an instrument of western patriarchal oppression. Because they have hijacked all of the institutions of western power, the cultural Marxists have assured our destruction at the hands of relativism, white racial self-hatred and the supposedly impersonal forces of transnationalism.

        • evilsandmich

          Despite the rep, Japan does have their own issues with businessmen sneaking in “flavor of the month” immigrants; nothing so wholly dreadful as the good ol’ US of A, but still lamenable.

    • introspection

      Are you hallucinating?

      “400 hundred years of problems with our own…”
      Yes, a people are likely to have serious problems when they enslave another people for 350+ years and tell them they are free. They won’t suddenly become best buddies. It takes time. It is surprising but true.

      “the federal government decided to go behind our backs…”

      The federal government did it in your face.Your kind (people who think like you do) are not necessary to win elections. So congress ignores you. Sorry to break your bubble of all powerfulness. America does not belong to you (people, white or not). It belongs to whoever has the money to fund elections. You don’t matter as much as Coca Cola and Walmart. Someone powerful lobbied for immigration, so it happened. Blaming the immigrants is like killing the messenger.

      I think the sooner you know your place in America, the happier you will be.

  • Zimriel

    Eddie Murphy was good in that movie.

  • Romulus

    You’d think that they’d change the name of the country after all this time. Cameroon comes from Cameron ( German name).

    • http://www.amren.com/ Berserker

      a little switcheroo with the letters . . .we have . . . Amer-Coon.
      Hardy-har-har. Someone was pulling a black leg.

    • Brian

      It comes from the Portuguese word for shrimp.

      Portuguese explorers reached the coast in the 15th century and named the area Rio dos Camarões (Shrimp River), which became Cameroon in English.

      • Romulus

        Yes,….It is also a common German name.
        I assumed that it was obvious that I implied the name of the country is of European extraction.
        Shall I be be more specific, henceforth?

        • Brian

          The German name is coincidence; it does not come from that. No big deal. I wonder what the local used to call it though– some silly ook/eek/oogabooga name I suppose.

          • Romulus

            Lol, it probably had some unga bunga name to be sure!
            On an unrelated topic, can you believe the unbelievable BS and propaganda coming from both sides about Ukraine!!!
            It seems surreal to me that the masses could be so completely ignorant as to the actual causes and resulting fallout. It is all about the Energy flows in the region, just as it was when I was in desert storm. All other aspects are secondary and /or incidental.
            I used to be privy to internal information pertinent to global Energy competition.
            I really enjoy this forum and the insightful commentary , yet I’ve found the occidental observer’s geo political analysis superior. American thinker is as informative, however, being more pro the tiny near eastern Mediterranean country that the right loves so much.

            I find it ludicrous that BHO would set a “red line” while simultaneously cutting Americas military to help pay for obamacare.

          • Brian

            Occidental Observer is a good way to cut through the MSM BS. (Come to think of it, if MSNBC ever decides to change their name, MSMBS would be a good choice.)

            So, you’re saying the parties involved in Ukraine are not there out of the goodness of their hearts, spreading rainbows and candy corn– I’m shocked, shocked I tell you. ;-)

            BHO is a child on this, stumbling and bumbling with forces he does not understand.

          • Romulus

            Even as I go about my daily duties, the looming catastrophes of the global machine and it’s convergence with actuality, are always in the back of my mind.

            I’d rather we get right down to it than this slow grind downwards. The suspense is killing me . Im hopeful that euro-ethnocentrism and American tribalism will save many of the respective continents European descendants. It is going to be a helluva ride.

          • Brian

            Yes, I hope whatever happens, when it comes to a head, doesn’t take place A) right after I die, so I just get to ride out the decline; B) when I’m too old to participate.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Obviously they don’t abide by GAAP in Cameroon. If you mentioned the words “forensic accounting” to Florence Bikundi she would probably think you were trying to cast a spell on her. Financial Accounting is part of the White man’s juju.

  • Truth Teller

    I sent this article to Amren. Things like this is why I am so cynical about model successful immigrants. Someday I’ll write an article. In S. California the Armenians and Persians own thousands of medical supply stores. As “refugees” many of them are on Medicaid and of course the elders have Medicare and Medicaid. They also pay Hispanics for their Medicaid numbers.
    So the store has a few wheelchairs, hospital beds, walkers whatever. The crooked Drs. write prescriptions for the unneeded $12,000 wheel chair and $5,000 hospital bed and of course Medicaid pays for it. The stores do not actually have the equipment at all. They just send the bills to Medicaid or Medicaid and they pay for it. They don’t dare to cheat the private insurance companies.
    I am sure the Cameroons got small business loans, tax exemptions, turn key business plans, free computers with the software already installed and ready to go and all the things with which our government blesses non White immigrant businesses.

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      I have a friend who used to work for CA Board of Equalization (the agency that collects the sales tax from businesses). She told me the exact same thing years ago. Armenians are especially accomplished in fraud and con artistry. Many Armenian women keep their maiden names, so often businesses get shuffled amongst family members to avoid tax. Here in CA the IHSS program has been a giant sinkhole of fraud, employing thousands of illegals. Usually when they get close to getting nailed, all they need to do is scream racism to shut the investigation down.

      • r j p

        Then they go back to their native country and return with a new name.
        Been going on for years.
        Meanwhile Americans have an SSN for life.

      • Katherine McChesney

        I knew an Armenian in Santa Monica who sold “axident’ insurance. That’s how it was listed on his business card.

  • introspection

    I wonder if anybody would have bothered to post this article here if this woman was white. Most white collar crimes are committed by whites. So not a violent crime but possibly as deadly because many more are affected by a single crime. I really want to see the statistic that compares the crime rate of whites and black Africans in America. That would make your argument logical.

    I think black African immigrants have given more to the west than it has given them. Every year more capital flows to the west from Africa than from the west to Africa. Know the truth. Emotion is not a good substitute. I don’t condone what this woman did but I doubt she is a typical African immigrant in America.

    Most of you seem to fight for a lost cause. Some of you are delusional. You think whites should fight to deport non white AMERICANS. To where? They are as American as you are.What did you do to be white? Whiteness is not an achievement. So it would not and should not make you “more American” than minorities. I thought most of you are reasonable. I have my doubts now.

    • Geo1metric

      ” I really want to see the statistic that compares the crime rate of whites and black Africans in America.”

      Those statistics are available from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Department of Justice. Or they were. Not sure if they are still available.

      It is only natural for people, all people, to want to live amongst their own kind. If you dispute that, you are being disingenuous.

      • introspection

        However, it is illogical to claim that one is more of a citizen than another citizen, least of all because of a quality that one has simply inherited. How does that make sense?

  • Earl Turner

    Are those names or a bowl of Alpha-Bits cereal?

  • SFLBIB

    To comprehend the enormity of this crime, consider at $25 per hour, it would take 1,500 YEARS for an honest person to gross $75,000,000. To net that much, it would be closer to 2,000 years.

  • mobilebay

    How about stopping all immigration immediately?

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Then start the deportations.

  • Max

    I’m sure that once ACA is fully in place, such fraud will no longer be possible. Remember, this is the most transparent administration ever.

  • CelestiaQuesta

    This is another example of why secession is inevitable. Whites need a separate state and government that represents whites.
    The current one is only representing blacks and brown skins.
    Whites politicians have betrayed whites for the mighty dollar and votes that come with it.
    We need a Hitler now.

  • judenjager

    But authorities did not go into detail about their nationalities… When jews are involved, they never do….

  • AndrewInterrupted

    “…The uptick in billings for home care—from $40 million in 2006 to $280 million last year—was part of what tipped off authorities to illegal activity, U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said….”

    So if they had increased their theft by $10 million a year instead of $30 million a year–they’d still be in business?

    Wow–that agency has some real crackerjacks. They sound proud of themselves.

  • Brian

    but authorities did not go into detail about their nationalities.
    ===
    Of course they didn’t.