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Ali S. Makki, a 51-year-old medical doctor from Dearborn, Michigan was sentenced today to serve 24 months in custody followed by three years’ supervised release on three felony counts involving his fraud against the Medicare program, making false statements in immigration, and for filing a false tax return, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.

McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Andrew G. Arena, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Special Agent in Charge Erick Martinez, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge Brian Moskowitz, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.

Imposing the sentence was Senior U.S. District Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff. According to information provided to the court at the July 8, 2010 guilty plea hearing, from July 2004 through September 2009, Dr. Makki knowingly submitted false claims to Medicare concerning the number and quality of x-rays provided to his Medicare patients, thereby obtaining $113,777 to which he was not entitled. In addition, Dr. Makki admitted that he falsified an immigration form for a patient applying for naturalization in an effort to exempt his patient from certain requirements necessary for naturalization, and under-reported his income by not reporting certain cash receipts on his 2002 and 2003 federal income tax returns.

The guilty pleas were part of a broader settlement with the United States government resulting in Dr. Makki’s forfeiture of all his interest in $75,890 in cash (seized at the execution of a search warrant in 2004), and his interest in one parcel of commercial real property and the proceeds from the sale of another, located in Canton and Dearborn, Michigan. The total value of the forfeited property has been estimated to be approximately $4 million or more.

United States Attorney McQuade said, “We hope that our strong focus on health care fraud will deter doctors and other providers from stealing from taxpayer programs like Medicare.”

Special Agent Arena said, “This doctor was sentenced today for health care fraud, immigration fraud, and tax fraud. Not only did this doctor lie and defraud the U.S. government, but he also betrayed the public and tax payers by billing and receiving payment from Medicare for services not rendered. The combination of prison time, forfeited properties/monies, fines, and restitution payments should be a deterrent to other medical professionals who are or might become involved such fraud. The FBI, along with our law enforcement partners, are committed to aggressively investigating allegations of healthcare fraud as well as other violations of federal laws.”

This sentencing shows yet again the effectiveness of the comprehensive coordination of Federal law enforcement authorities and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in fighting Federal fraud — including fraud against health programs,” said Lamont Pugh III, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Office of Inspector General’s region covering Michigan. “Dr. Maki’s actions are a bitter testament to the lengths criminals will go to in order to steal taxpayer dollars.”

“No matter what the source of income, all income is taxable,” said Special Agent Martinez. “IRS-CI is very serious now and throughout the year in enforcing the laws directed at those who attempt to defraud our nation’s tax system.”

The investigation of this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security Investigations (formerly Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division.

~I have one question for the LEO’s involved:

Dr. Makki admitted that he falsified an immigration form for a patient applying for naturalization in an effort to exempt his patient from certain requirements necessary for naturalization

Was the “immigration” charge connected to the fact another ‘illegal’ who had the potential of doing even more harm, yes, I have no compunctions about ‘profiling’, which ME part of the world did he come from?! ~JP

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After all, how could they ever have gotten the idea that anything illegal would ever be going on in a Muslim neighborhood? But fear not: aghast over being exposed as greasy Islamophobes, they are bowing and scraping with more energy than Obama in front of King Abdullah.

“Police apologise over CCTV in Muslim areas,” by Danielle Dwyer and Wesley Johnson in The Independent, September 30 (thanks to Kristian):

A police force today apologised over a controversial CCTV scheme which saw more than 200 surveillance cameras installed in two largely Muslim neighbourhoods.

West Midland Police Chief Constable Chris Sims said he was “deeply sorry” that his force got the balance between counter-terrorism and excessive intrusion into people’s lives “so wrong”.

The cameras, some of which were hidden, sparked anger from civil liberties campaigners and residents in Sparkbrook and Washwood Heath in Birmingham, where they were predominantly installed.

Mr Sims said there were “serious shortcomings” in the force’s management of the scheme, named Project Champion.

“I am sorry that we got such an important issue so wrong and deeply sorry that it has had such a negative impact on our communities,” he said.

“My real regret is that Project Champion has undermined the strong relationships that exist between West Midlands Police and our communities that have been built up over many years.

“When I became Chief Constable in 2009 I put strengthening the trust and confidence of communities at the heart of the changes we would make to policing.

“I am committed to continuing with these changes and rebuilding any trust we have lost.”…

Of course, Muslims have no need to do anything whatsoever to gain the trust of non-Muslims in Britain — trust that they aren’t teaching the same ideas of jihad and Islamic supremacism that led to the July 7 bombings. No, the responsibility is, as always, solely on the shoulders of the non-Muslim community.

~Robert Spencer

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UPDATED Factor Video Gives more background

Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

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Many wealthy Democratic patrons, who in the past have played major roles financing outside groups to help elect the party’s candidates, are largely sitting out these crucial midterm elections.

Democratic donors like George Soros, the bête noire of the right, and his fellow billionaire Peter B. Lewis, who each gave more than $20 million to Democratic-oriented groups in the 2004 election, appear to be holding back so far.

“Mr. Soros believes that he can be most effective by funding groups that promote progressive policy outcomes in areas such as health care, the environment and foreign policy,” said an adviser, Michael Vachon. “So he has opted to fund those activities.”

~Now there’s a Shocker…

The absence of these Democratic megadonors is contributing to a huge disparity in spending between pro-Republican and pro-Democratic groups. The groups wield huge influence in many House and Senate races because they can take in contributions of unlimited size.

Full Story at NYT

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Against the background of a darkening sky, all of the past Presidents of the United States gather before the White House, as if to commemorate some great event. In the left hand corner of the painting sits a man. That man, with his head bowed appears distraught and hopeless as he contemplates his future. Some of the past Presidents try to console him while looking in the direction of the modern Presidents as if to say, “What have you done?” Many of these modern Presidents, seemingly oblivious to anything other than themselves, appear to be congratulating each other on their great accomplishments. In front of the man, paper trash is blowing in the wind. Crumpled dollar bills, legislative documents, and, like a whisper—the U.S. Constitution beneath the foot of Barack Obama.

For my take on the painting

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H/T NewsMax

In 2008, a self-made woman rose up from the unknown backwoods of Alaska to capture the nation’s heart and the Republican vice-presidential nomination.

Governor Sarah Palin has never faced a challenge she could not conquer. Or a goal she could not achieve.

She is a shining example of how hard work, perseverance, and personal accountability can make the American Dream a reality.

But before she was a household name, she was a devoted mother, wife, and patriot. And when her name was thrust into the national spotlight, the public hungered to learn more of this rising political superstar.

It originally was intended to air during the 2008 GOP Convention, but it was never broadcast because of time constraints. And that’s unfortunate, because its uplifting message was one of hope, dedication, and real change. That’s why every American should have a chance to see it. And now you do.

This insightful movie describes Sarah Palin’s All-American upbringing and the steps she took to begin her now-famous political career. You’ll also see the bold initiatives she created to secure and protect Alaska’s future. And the video also gives a rarely seen look into her childhood and private family moments.

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~JP says BITE ME!

~Lovely aren’t I? ~JP

The scene was a familiar one: A team wins a championship and celebrates in the clubhouse afterward. And that’s just what the Cincinnati Reds did at Great American Ballpark on Tuesday night after beating the Houston Astros to clinch their first division crown in 15 years. With players drenched in champagne, Reds owner Bob Castellini broke out cigars, distributing them to all and sundry.

That’s when the troubles began. Ohio state law, as it turns out, bans indoor smoking in such facilities. And at least five concerned citizens called in to Cincinnati’s health department to report the dangerous breach of law. The Reds are now under investigation.

That’s right: The Cincinnati Reds, having bested the Cardinals, Brewers, Cubs, Astros, and Pirates, now have to face the Nanny Staters.

No one is in danger of going to jail. In fact, the health department can’t take any action unless an inspector actually witnessed the violation. (Presumably, none were watching the game.) But according to state law, the department must follow up with an unannounced visit to the site within 30 days. That probably means sending an inspector to a Reds playoff game in the name of protecting the public health and welfare, of course.

You can’t make this stuff up. And it could get worse—rumor has it there was alcohol in that champagne that was being poured. It’s enough to give red tape a whole new meaning.

~JP says BITE ME!