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Mississippi doctor battles brain cancer, but state's insurance denies his treatment.

Dr. Bryan Hierlmeier and his wife Lauren didn’t plan on living in Mississippi for long.

The pair fell in love at a college in Tampa and only came to the Magnolia State because of Bryan’s residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.


Bryan was named chief resident at UMMC in 2014 and had several job offers after completing a fellowship in North Carolina, his wife said. He and Lauren chose to move to Mississippi and make it their permanent home.

“I would never move anywhere else,” Lauren said.

Now, their decision is having life-altering consequences.

Read more: https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2019/05/28/health-insurance-denies-mississippi-doctors-cancer-treatment/3711901002/

Stamford Woman Sentenced to Prison for Million-Dollar Embezzlement Scheme

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that CANDACE RISPOLI, 32, of Stamford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for embezzling more than $1 million from her employer. Rispoli must also serve the first six months of her supervised release in home confinement.

According to court documents and statements made in court, from approximately January 2012 until June 2016, Rispoli was employed by Lodestone Management Consultants, later known as Infosys Consulting (the “company”). Beginning in approximately 2013, Rispoli worked for the company from her former home in East Haven, which she shared with her then-boyfriend, Michael Miano. In her capacity as a company employee, Rispoli had an American Express credit card to use to pay for travel, entertainment and other business expenses incurred by the company’s employees and potential employees.

From approximately 2013 until July 2016, Rispoli charged more than $250,000 of her own and Miano’s personal expenses to the company’s American Express card. Rispoli also fraudulently transferred more than $800,000 in funds from the company’s American Express card to PayPal and Venmo accounts controlled by Rispoli and Miano. To conceal her scheme, Rispoli altered the company’s American Express account statements and created false billing summaries, which she emailed to the company’s accounting firm.

Judge Bolden ordered Rispoli to pay $1,098,176 in restitution.

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ct/pr/stamford-woman-sentenced-prison-million-dollar-embezzlement-scheme

Phone Provider Found Guilty for Role in $11 Million International Telemarketing Scheme

An Ohio man was found guilty today for his role in an $7 million telemarketing scheme that defrauded primarily elderly victims in the United States from call centers in Costa Rica.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney R. Andrew Murray of the Western District of North Carolina, Inspector in Charge David M. McGinnis of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s Charlotte Divison, Acting Special Agent in Charge William Cheung of the IRS Criminal Investigation’s (CI) Cincinnati Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Matthew D. Line of the IRS CI Charlotte Field Office and Special Agent in Charge John Strong of the FBI’s Charlotte Field Office made the announcement.

Following a five-day jury trial, Donald Dodt, 76, originally of Cleveland, Ohio, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, two counts of mail fraud, eight counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit international money laundering and 10 counts of international money laundering.

According to evidence presented at trial, Dodt worked in a call center in Costa Rica in which co-conspirators, who posed as representatives of the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and federal agencies, including the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and who also posed as federal judges, contacted victims in the United States — primarily senior citizens – to tell them that that they had supposedly won a substantial “sweepstakes” prize. After convincing victims that they stood to receive a significant financial reward, the co-conspirators told victims that they needed to make a series of up-front cash payments before collecting, purportedly for items like insurance fees, taxes and import fees. Co-conspirators used a variety of means to conceal their true identity, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services provided by Dodt that made it appear that they were calling from Washington, D.C., and other places in the United States.

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/phone-provider-found-guilty-role-11-million-international-telemarketing-scheme

3 Members Of Trip-And-Fall Scheme Convicted Of Defrauding New York City-Area Businesses And Their

3 Members Of Trip-And-Fall Scheme Convicted Of Defrauding New York City-Area Businesses And Their Insurance Companies Of More Than $31.7 Million

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the conviction in Manhattan federal court of BRYAN DUNCAN, ROBERT LOCUST, and RYAN RAINFORD. The jury convicted DUNCAN, LOCUST, and RAINFORD today for their participation in a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud following a three-week trial before U.S. District Judge Sidney H. Stein. The jury also convicted DUNCAN of a second count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, along with one count of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud. Co-conspirators Peter Kalkanis, a former chiropractor, and Kerry Gordon previously pled guilty before Judge Stein to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud. Kalkanis also pled guilty to aggravated identity theft.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “Bryan Duncan, Robert Locust, and Ryan Rainford carried out a blatantly corrupt scheme, recruiting ‘patients,’ coaching them on how to stage trip-and-fall ‘accidents’ that were not accidents at all, and steering them to complicit lawyers, chiropractors, and doctors. They recruited indigent people, including from homeless shelters – people they thought would be most willing to undergo unneeded surgeries for the minimal cut of the proceeds the defendants would share. Duncan, Locust, and Rainford were tripped up by the justice system and have met their downfall.”

According to the allegations contained in the Indictment and Superseding Indictment, and the evidence presented in Court during the trial:

Between in or about 2013 through 2018, DUNCAN, LOCUST, and RAINFORD, the defendants, engaged in a widespread fraud scheme through which the defendants defrauded businesses and insurance companies by staging trip-and-fall accidents and filing fraudulent lawsuits arising from those staged trip-and-fall accidents. Fraud scheme participants, including the defendants, recruited hundreds of individuals to stage trip-and-fall accidents at particular locations throughout New York City and to claim that they injured themselves as a result of their accidents. Common accident sites used during the fraud scheme included cellar doors, cracks in concrete sidewalks, and purported “potholes.” The defendants instructed the recruited patients to claim that they sustained injuries to particular areas of their bodies, including the knees, shoulders, and/or back – body parts that, if injured, would reap high recoveries in personal injury lawsuits.

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/3-members-trip-and-fall-scheme-convicted-defrauding-new-york-city-area-businesses-and

Mississippi Rep Charged With Punching Wife Could be Removed

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi House speaker said Friday that he is asking lawyers to research how to remove a lawmaker if it's true that the man punched his own wife and does not resign voluntarily.

Second-term Republican Rep. Doug McLeod of Lucedale was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence after deputies were called to his home late Saturday.

George County sheriff's deputies said McLeod, 58, was drunk and bloodied his wife's nose after she didn't undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex.

Republican Speaker Philip Gunn said Friday that the House Ethics Committee will "closely monitor this case."

Read more: http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2019/may/24/mississippi-rep-charged-punching-wife-could-be-rem/

Alabama House May Alter Medical Marijuana Bill

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers could make changes to medical marijuana legislation after the bill hit opposition in the House.

House Speaker Mac McCutcheon said last week he expects lawmakers to create a study commission instead of legalizing the use of medical marijuana this session.

The Alabama Senate earlier this month voted 17-6 for a bill that would allow patients with certain medical conditions to purchase medical marijuana with a doctor's approval.

The House Health Committee has scheduled a Tuesday morning public hearing on the bill.

Read more: https://www.apr.org/post/al-house-may-alter-medical-marijuana-bill

House passes bill legalizing direct shipments of wine to consumers

The Alabama House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill Thursday that would allow consumers to order wine and have it shipped to their residencies.

House Bill 350 is sponsored by State Rep. Terri Collins, R-Decatur.

The bill would allow a licensed wine manufacturer to purchase a direct shipper license from the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Shipping wine directly to a consumer without the direct shipper permit would be a class C misdemeanor for the shipper and the delivery service carrier if they had knowledge that the shipper did not have a valid direct shipper license from ABC.

Read more: https://www.alreporter.com/2019/05/28/house-passes-bill-legalizing-direct-shipments-of-wine-to-consumers/

House passes bill forcing parents to send children to kindergarten

Thursday, the Alabama House of Representatives passed legislation requiring that all parents enroll their children in kindergarten.

House Bill 423 is sponsored by State Rep. Pebblin Warren, D-Tuskegee.

Warren said that under current law kindergarten is not required. This law would make it mandatory.

According to the synopsis, HB423 amends the, “Code of Alabama 1975, relating to the minimum age for attendance at public schools; to require a child who is five years of age on or before September 1 to enroll in kindergarten.” The bill also provides. “For circumstances under which a child who is under five years of age on September 1 may be admitted to public kindergarten.”

Read more: https://www.alreporter.com/2019/05/28/house-passes-bill-forcing-parents-to-send-children-to-kindergarten/

'Where do we find the money?' Once again, Medicaid expansion stalls in Alabama

Georgiana Mayor Jerome Antone remains perplexed over what will become of his small Alabama Black Belt community after the hospital closed in February.

Gone were 100 jobs, and the tax base that came with having a hospital operating in the city for 60 years. Only about a half-dozen businesses remain in the city where the median household income is below $20,000 a year.

“When you are city like Georgiana, we don’t have any tax dollars at all,” said Antone. “We really and truly hated that the hospital closed.”

The closure didn’t come as a huge surprise: The medical center was hemorrhaging red ink, and millions had been lost the previous year alone because of the number of uninsured patients arriving to the complex in search of care.

Read more: https://www.al.com/news/2019/05/where-do-we-find-the-money-once-again-medicaid-expansion-stalls-in-alabama.html

Man who scammed Alabama town in $2 million scheme faces sentencing

A man who pleaded guilty to federal charges in a $2 million scam that sucked in an Alabama town is due in state court to face additional counts.

Records show Kyle Sandler has signed papers showing he plans to plead guilty Tuesday to a state theft charge involving more than $2,500 that was taken from a bank.

A federal judge already has sentenced Sander to a more than five-year term, and the state case will resolve criminal charges against the man.

Sandler founded a business called The Round House in 2014 and lured in dozens of investors. Sandler portrayed himself as a wealthy former Google executive to snag investors in the town of Opelika.

Read more: https://www.al.com/news/2019/05/man-who-scammed-alabama-town-in-2-million-scheme-faces-sentencing.html
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