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Russian Diplomatsí Medicaid Fraud Raises Questions About Accessing Taxpayer Benefits
PJ Media ^ | 12-23-13 | Bridget Johnson

Posted on 12/26/2013 9:25:30 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic

Congress is digging into how foreign diplomats accessed — and reportedly defrauded — federal benefits programs.

According to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, 25 current and former Russian diplomats and 24 of their spouses allegedly participated in a scheme to illegally obtain Medicaid benefits for prenatal care and related costs by underreporting their income or falsely claiming that their children were citizens of the United States, Royce noted. Over the course of nearly a decade, they milked the system of $1.5 million in benefits. The U.S. Attorney alleges that the staff of Russian diplomatic offices in the U.S. supplied false documentation to New York officials in support of the fraudulent Medicaid claims.

“The unsealing of the U.S. Attorney’s criminal complaint raises a number of issues about the Administration’s options for handling this matter and the interagency coordination during the precursor investigation,” Royce wrote. “In order to better understand this situation, I would appreciate a detailed, staff-level briefing at the earliest opportunity, as well as written answers to the following questions prior to the meeting.”

These questions include how the Obama administration plans to treat the 11 named defendants still in the U.S. “Will you ask the Russian government to waive their immunity so that they can be prosecuted? If not, will the Department declare them persona non grata?”

“How will the Administration treat the 38 named defendants who, according to the U.S. Attorney, no longer reside in the United States? Will you request that they be extradited to stand trial? If not, will the Department impose a U.S. visa ban on them?” Royce continued. “Will the Administration bill the Russian government for the Medicaid benefits its personnel fraudulently used? If not, how will New York State’s Medicaid program be compensated for the loss?”

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: diplomaticimmunity; fraud; medicaid; taxpayers
Full Title: Russian Diplomats’ Medicaid Fraud Raises Questions About Foreign Officers Accessing Taxpayer Benefits
1 posted on 12/26/2013 9:25:30 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Seems pretty straight forward to resolve this. Send the $1.5 million bill to the Russian Foreign Ministry. No visas for Russians until the bill is paid.


2 posted on 12/26/2013 9:28:00 AM PST by lodi90
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To: lodi90

It could make sense before the story went public.


3 posted on 12/26/2013 9:34:03 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: afraidfortherepublic

“On Dec. 6, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said that foreign diplomats in the United States “who meet certain eligibility criteria may apply for and receive federally funded medical care.””

Our government is living in some make believe world of 50 years ago when there were no limits and the bounty seemed endless. Is there nothing citizens won’t be asked to fund? Anyones healthcare? Food? They need to face reality some day.


4 posted on 12/26/2013 10:07:27 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It is IMPOSSIBLE to stop fraud in government handout systems administered by bureaucrats. 25% of benefits paid out are automatically fraudulent.


5 posted on 12/26/2013 10:27:47 AM PST by entropy12 (Zero thanks to all who stayed home and helped elect Acorn lawyer Zero.)
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To: All
$1.5 million bilk is a crock---there's $$billions involved in Russian diplomat fraud. The real amt would expose Obama admin's gross incompetence.

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INCONVENIENT FACTOID Billions in US govt bilk---and organized crime---from the parasites living in NYC's "Little Odessa"--bunch of South Brooklyn Russian connivers sucking off the backs of struggling Americans.

Russian emigrees to the US are showered w/ US freebies. Most of them headed here, fly to Israel first (posing as Jews) to suck up freebies there. Once on US soil, they claim "asylum" which generates hefty SS payments. They get job-set asides (which leaves Americans unemployed). Many get UI checks, welfare, food stamps,etc etc etc.

The Russian emigrees repay our hospitality by getting invnvolved in massive organized crime schemes---tagged by the FBI as the most vicious criminals in the US.

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NOTE These Little Odessa criminals are Chuck Schumer's constituents---the ones that keep him in office. Chuckie's voters spent lavishly on vacations, jewelry and electronics while they claimed poverty and stole from struggling Americans.

Schumer plans to takes over as Senate Majority Leader---that's when Chuckie will give the Russian Mob a Federal Reserve Printing Press and do away with the formalities.

NEED TO KNOW----did Chuckie use his govt office and US govt resources to setup freebies for these criminals?

NEED TO KNOW L/E needs to determine if Schumer and elected officials benefited and/or facilitated this fraud. The crooks pulled this off smoothly. Elected officials may have helped----for a price. Read on.

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CASE IN POINT A Fla eye surgeon frequently prescribed expensive drugs, and got rich billing Medicare Sen. Robert (Dimwit-NJ) Menendez intervened twice in subsequent Medicare audits of the Fla surgeon (who was NJ Menendez's key donor).

Sen Menendez used his elected office on Dr. Salomon Melgen's behalf---Menendez intervened twice when Dr Melgen was found to have overbilled Medicare---Melgen was ordered to repay $8.9 million as a result of govt audits.

THE ODD COUPLE Court documents revealed Menendez donor Melgen (a Domincan Republic native) leased a posh Dominican oceanfront condo for Menendez who was allegedly involved in underage prostitution.

ETHNIC SOLIDARITY REARS ITS UGLY HEAD Menendez and Melgen were also involved in a lucrative Dominican port security deal to screen for drugs which was worth billions. An agitated Menendez intervened from his position on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee to prevent the US govt from giving the Dominican Republic free drug-screening port equipment.

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BACKSTORY Melgen was a smooth political player known for rubbing elbows and jet-setting. Melgen roused the interest of the FBI, which raided his offices----their investigations illuminated the surgeon’s ability to build ties to a host of Democratic lawmakers.

Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey's friendship with Florida's Dr Melgen has yielded fundraisers, campaign contributions and trips on Melgen's private plane. Menendez flatly denied allegations that he traveled on Melgen’s plane to the Dominican Republic for sex with prostitutes.

Though facts remain piecemeal, a fuller portrait of Melgen has emerged....a trail of checks written to politicians, overbilling the US govt, and a web of business interests that apparently fueled his wealth.

Photo below of the beaming doctor sandwiched between Menendez and then-
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the Ntl Assoc of Latino Elected Officials bash
in Washington. (Nice to see Nancy erect---off her knees.)

L-R--Sen. Robert Menendez, (D-NJ); Dr. Salomon Melgen; Rep Nancy Pelosi;
Francisco J. Sanchez, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intl Trade, and Emilio
Sanchez, president and CEO of VOXXI during the latino NALEO Gala in
Washington. (Photo/ Melgen's ethnic solidarity website---Voxxi)

DONT'T YOU WISH YOU HAD A POLTICIAL PRESSURE GROUP,
TOO?
The Ntl Assoc of Latino Elected Officials got a nice perk under the
Senate amnesty bill---the latinos cannot be prosecuted for wrongdoing while
in office. NOTE: Menendez is Obama's point man for amnesty.

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A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME Sap-Happy Obama is throwing people onto Medicaid----his scam to to make Boobamba care work---the O Team removed the Asset Test to facilitate this.

6 posted on 12/26/2013 10:58:36 AM PST by Liz
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To: afraidfortherepublic

How much do obamaphones cost every year?


7 posted on 12/26/2013 12:13:18 PM PST by Organic Panic
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To: Organic Panic
How much do obamaphones cost every year?

I think it's unlikely anybody in the government really knows for sure and even less likely we'd get an honest answer out of them if we asked.

8 posted on 12/26/2013 12:20:23 PM PST by tacticalogic
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To: entropy12
"25% of benefits paid out are automatically fraudulent."

90% of statistics have no basis and are pulled from out of someone's backside.

9 posted on 12/26/2013 12:28:43 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: entropy12
"25% of benefits paid out are automatically fraudulent."

90% of statistics have no basis and are pulled from out of someone's backside.

10 posted on 12/26/2013 12:28:43 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: Organic Panic; tacticalogic
Obama Phone program costs Gov't over $2.2 billion

In my opinion, obamaphones are the least of our problems. They should continue working on the eligibility and fining providers that don't confirm eligibility and prosecuting fraud. Poor people with phones are more likely to get a job than poor people without phones. Now if we just hadn't off-shored all the jobs.

11 posted on 12/26/2013 12:33:51 PM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: DannyTN

By fraudulent, I do not necessarily mean illegal.

My wife works full time in a medical service provider’s office. She see’s first hand who is getting free medical aid from the government. Many are able bodied people, who never seem to get off the dole.

I shop in grocery store. I see first hand who is using food stamps (EBT cards). Many can’t speak one English sentence properly. Others are young, able bodied and healthy. Those people should be learning marketable skills and getting jobs. There is a shortage of highly skilled workers right now.

My 25% number is conservative estimate. Actually and morally and justifiably it is much higher.


12 posted on 12/26/2013 12:47:15 PM PST by entropy12 (Zero thanks to all who stayed home and helped elect Acorn lawyer Zero.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

For stupid! Most of us could do that if we were so inclined, but choose not to because of a higher moral standards. It does not take a wizard to figger out that the system is built to operate with the understanding that most people are honest. When ethics and morals break down, so does the system.


13 posted on 12/26/2013 3:09:30 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Liz

>>>INCONVENIENT FACTOID Billions in US govt bilk-—and organized crime-—from the parasites living in NYC’s “Little Odessa”—bunch of South Brooklyn Russian connivers sucking off the backs of struggling Americans.

Russian emigrees to the US are showered w/ US freebies. Most of them headed here, fly to Israel first (posing as Jews) to suck up freebies there. Once on US soil, they claim “asylum” which generates hefty SS payments. They get job-set asides (which leaves Americans unemployed). Many get UI checks, welfare, food stamps,etc etc etc.

The Russian emigrees repay our hospitality by getting invnvolved in massive organized crime schemes-—tagged by the FBI as the most vicious criminals in the US<<<

First of all, original Odessa is a famous Jewish enclave of Ukraine.
Second, 95% of “Russians” residing in “Little Odessa” are Ukrainians who came from Ukraine, many has Jewish roots.

How are these people any related to Russian diplomats?


14 posted on 12/26/2013 5:18:03 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: sickoflibs; Grampa Dave; no-to-illegals; The Mayor; NYer; Sun; justiceseeker93; ken5050; TADSLOS; ..
These are Chuckie Schumer's constituents. This scam could mean b-i-g trouble for Chuckie Schumer.---Just before the reform procedural vote ON AMNESTY in the US Senate, Judiciary member Sen Charles Grassley offered a simple amendment--intended to protect Americans from rampant illegal alien fraud.

GRASSLEY'S AMNESTY AMENDMENT: "The secretary (of homeland security) may not grant registered provisional immigrant status to an alien under this section unless the alien fully discloses to the secretary all the names and Social Security account numbers that the alien has ever used to obtain employment in the United States," said Grassley's amendment.

Grassley's amendment would not have prohibited illegal aliens from being converted into legal aliens just because they had used names and Social Security numbers that did not belong to them. It would only have required that the illegal aliens make the names and numbers they used known to DHS before they could be granted the right to legally live in the United States.

Grassley said, "Congress should not thumb its nose at the millions of Americans who are victims of identity theft, often perpetrated by an undocumented person who steals Social Security numbers to get jobs, govt benefits, driver's licenses and more. This amendment will simply require the person applying for RPI status to disclose any previously used Social Security numbers," said Grassley. "It's the first step to helping clean up the mess that's been created for the victim of identity theft. The amendment also authorizes certain federal agencies, upon receipt of this information, to notify individuals who were the victims."

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Ranking Judiciary member Sen Schumer refused to amend amnesty to protect Americans----he summarily dismissed Sen Grassley's proposal (b/c the amendment would adversely affect his votes and donations from his Russian constituents?)

SCHUMER: "When people are living in undocumented status, there are times, I suppose, when they've made up identities, made up Social Security numbers," Schumer told his Judiciary Committee colleagues. "How are they going to remember all that, and are we going to delay RPI status? "(The) purpose of this bill is to bring people out of the shadows. We all know when they lived in the shadows, they had to forge documents, forge Social Security numbers, et cetera. I just don't see how, when you've lived here 10 years, and you've had many different identities, many different numbers, you're going to remember them all," said Schumer.

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The Senate Judiciary committee defeated Grassley's amendment 8 to 10 on a party-line vote.

More below.

15 posted on 12/27/2013 3:30:04 AM PST by Liz
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The crooks pulled this off smoothly for decades. They may have had official help----for a price. L/E needs to determine if Sen Schumer benefited from this fraud----and determine the ways he may have facilitated fraud.

Are Schumer's constituents hiding large amounts of assets from the courts adjudicating the welfare cases?

<>>< Did Schumer use tax-paid offices to help facilitate felonies?

<><> Were tax dollars allocated to Schumer's constituents, collected under several identities?

<><> Were hefty bundles of tax dollars wired offshore?

<><> Many of the diplos skipped town when the heat was on. Did they stiff US banks for fraudulent sub-prime mtges (which we taxpayers have to bailout).

How many ways are Schumer's constituents riding the US gravy train---this would be very easy to find out. Are they receiving:

UI, SSI, Workmen's Comp,

TANF (temporary assistance to needy families),

WICS (food assistance),

subsidized Section 8 shelter,

ObamaPhone subsidies,

Utility Assistance subsidies,

$5000 a year EITC checks per identity,

hefty monthly "asylum" checks from SS ....

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<><> Did any of these diplos give Schumer campaign contributions?

<><>Did they donate to Schumer using their own names ---or the names of others?

<><> Did any of these people illegally vote for Schumer?

<><> Did Schumer use his tax-paid Senate offices to aid abet felonies?

<><> Do any of these diplos receive EITC refunds?

<><> Did Chuckie use his govt offices and US govt resources to setup other freebies for these criminals?

<><> Did they receive welfare, food stamps, SSI, free medical care, Section 8 housing, UI, Workmen's comp under several identities?

<><> Did they falsify US govt documents to unlawfully receive, monthly SS checks, claiming "asylum?"

<><> Does he have a sub-prime mortgage obtainedby falsifying bank documents?

<><> Did they make false claims on IRS forms in order to get EITC refunds?

<><> Do they have a legal driver's license?

<><> Do they have valid passports?

<><> How many times did they wire-transfer money back to their homelan--where they apparently fled when the heat was on?

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SAMPLE LETTER TO LAW ENFORCEMENT
Taxpayers are urged to notify the FBI now.
FBI TIPS PAGE https://tips.fbi.gov

SUBJECT: Collusion, conspiracy, and bribery
IN RE: financial irregularities
REFERENCE: govt fraud, falsified documents, wire transfers, accounting fraud, etc.

NARRATIVE Taxpayers demand to know the scope and dimension of multiple conspiracies by government insiders to collude in sub rosa deals to personally profit. Could be prosecuted under the Bank Secrecy ACT, RICO, and the Hobbs Act.

OF INTEREST TO LAW ENFORCEMENT Based on Sen Schumer's stated approval of the use of stolen SS numbers and multiple identities to defraud, the FBI should interrogate individuals for evidence of multiple schemes to falsify documents to further insider schemes. The FBI should investigate any and all official documents submitted by Schumer's constituents.

Crimes might include---conspiracy. collusion, falsifying offical documents (a felony), money laundering, tax evasion, extorting taxpayers, theft of govt monies, misuse of public office and government positions.

16 posted on 12/27/2013 3:47:44 AM PST by Liz
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