posted on Jul, 2 2011 @ 03:49 AM
I just found this on the CCHR news feed:
Dr. Alan Gumer, 64, of Tamarac, Fla., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Gumer was charged on Feb. 15, 2011,
with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and four counts of health care fraud.
This is an example of a "small-time" conspiracy, and the use of the term in law. There are all kinds of laws against conspiring to do this or that.
This particular "little" conspiracy stole $200 million from the Medicare system.
Most white-collar crime, like organized crime, is conspiratorial in nature. So when we accuse someone of being party to a conspiracy, it's a serious
charge. And world-wide, we are talking about large amounts of money disappearing into the wrong pockets.
Here is one site that discusses the annual cost of corporate-related crime:
Add up a few of their figures and you're up to about a trillion dollars a year. And that's not counting deaths and injuries from work and
According to a short Wikipedia article on the subject, the FBI's own estimates of the costs of this sort of crime in the US is also in this range.
So, let the poor saps who don't mind being swindled (or are the swindlers) laugh at us for trying to point out that there is something wrong with
this picture! We are providing a free public service that in saner and more honest times would be paid for!