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By the time authorities busted a fake AIDS clinic in Miami, it had bilked Medicare of more than $4.5 million...
Michel De Jesus Huarte, a 40-year-old Cuban-American, hadn't simply avoided arrest. He had hatched a plan to steal millions more from Medicare by forming at least 29 other shell companies - paper-only firms with no real operations.
Hundreds of others have used the veil of corporate secrecy to help steal hundreds of millions of dollars...
"These companies are nameless, faceless entities collecting billions in secret," says Patrick Burns, director of communications for the advocacy group Taxpayers Against Fraud in Washington, D.C. Medicare is "chasing it," he says. "But they're not getting any closer."
Originally posted by JIMC5499
My Mother was in bad health the last several years of her life. She had an oxygen concentrator that was leased from a medical company and paid for by Medicare. She passed away in August of 2010. I called the medical company and asked them to pick up the concentrator and they said that they would contact me with a time for pickup. I have called them twice a month since then and they still haven't come to pick it up. Finally I called our State Department of Public Welfare and reported it to them. The medical company called me and told me that I could dispose of the concentrator they didn't want it back. The state then contacted me and told me that my Mother's estate owed them $2600 that they had paid the medical company after my Mother's passing. She had no estate. As a matter of fact, I am still tying to get AARP to make good on the $15,000 life insurance policy that she had. A judge stated that I had to pay the $2600 or it would be garnished from my wages. I'm waiting for the Federal Government to contact me to tell me what I owe them.edit on 21-12-2011 by JIMC5499 because: typos