Saturday, May 20, 2017

Fighting Socialist: Adolphe Messimy

Radical socialist, Dreyfusard, and Saint Cyr graduate, Adolphe Messimy (1869–1935) made his mark in both the political and military spheres of France before and during the Great War. At the start of hostilities he held the position of minister for war for the second time in the administration of René Viviani. Despite his volatile personality, he had worked his way to the top as a professional politician after retiring from the army in 1899 over the Army's handling of the  Dreyfus Affair. Messimy, however, received some of the blame for the failure of Plan XVII, which he had defended against more defensive strategies, and resigned before the month of August 1914 had ended. His had been one of the authorizing signatures on France's mobilization order.

Before the war he had recommended a series of reforms that were controversial at the time but would prove prescient.  He had recommended larger artillery for French divisions, specifically 105mm pieces, but most French generals thought them defensive weapons and a hindrance to offensive operations. Most famously, he was an opponent of the rouge pantaloons. After visiting the Balkans and seeing the advantage held by Bulgarians in their inconspicuous uniforms, Messimy also proposed replacing the red kepi and pantaloon rouge (red trousers) worn by the French Army since 1830 by a grey-blue or grey-green uniform (the British Army had recently switched from scarlet to khaki and the Germans from blue to field-grey). This plan was blocked by French generals and politicians. Messimy later wrote of the "blind and imbecile attachment to the most visible of all colours."

Messimy (Second from Left) with Joffre at Prewar Maneuvers

He rejoined the army as a reserve captain and proceeded to serve with distinction as an intelligence officer and in the Vosges sector where he was wounded. A colonel by 1916, he was again wounded at the Somme. His men liberated Colmar at war's end.  His rise in grade continued throughout the war and he ended his military career as a general and divisional commander. Afterward he returned to his political career with mixed success.



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On Midrats 21 May 2017 – Episode 384: Springtime for Russia?

Please join us at 5pm EDT on 21 May 2017 for Midrats Episode 384: Springtime for Russia?:

To say that the profile of Russia since the American elections last fall has increased in the minds of Americans would be an understatement.
Outside the 24-hr news cycle, there have been significant developments in Russia internally and externally. From the Baltics, to nuclear weapons, to her growing influence in the Middle East following her involvement in the Syrian conflict.
What should people be focused on with regards to Russia on the global stage this year?
Returning as our resident Russian expert for the full hour to discuss this and more will be Dr. Dmirty Gorenburg, Senior Research Scientist at CNA, a non-profit think tank, and writer at the Russian Military Reform Blog. Dr. Gorenburg conducts research on security issues in the former Soviet Union, Russian military reform, Russian foreign policy, ethnic politics and identity, and Russian regional politics. He is also the editor of the journal Problems of Post-Communism and a Fellow of the Truman National Security Project. From 2005 through 2010, he was the Executive Director of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, and from 2009 to 2016, the editor of the journal Russian Politics and Law.

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2,200 people mark 45th anniversary of reversion by holding rally to call for an Okinawa without military bases


2,200 people mark 45th anniversary of reversion by holding rally to call for an Okinawa without military bases
Participants repeated "Gambaro!" three times at the 5.15 rally and called for the blocking of the new base on the Sedake Beach, Nago, on May 14.

May 15, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo
On May 15, Okinawa reached the milestone of 45 years of reversion to Japan from U.S. occupation.  
Okinawans have aspired to make their islands free of military bases, but have still not realized their dream.
The Japanese government is forcibly constructing a new base in Henoko, Nago, as a part of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan.
On May 14, the day before marking the 45th anniversary of reversion, on the beach of Sedake, Nago, from where protesters can see the construction site, the 5.1 Peace March Execution Committee and the Okinawa Peace Movement Center held a rally.
According to the organizers, about 2,200 people took part, holding up their fists in protest against the construction of the new base.
Hiroji Yamashiro, chairperson of the Okinawa Peace Movement Center said, "We will not lose, we will not allow any bases to be built anywhere in the prefecture and will block the path to war. We will scrum with the people of Miyako and Yaeyama Islands."
Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine said, "We must start the struggle to take back democracy and local autonomy of Okinawa and Japan, just now on Sedake Beach. I will hold on to my belief in not allowing the government to build the new base in the sea of Henoko."
The rally participants adopted a declaration expressing strong opposition to the strengthening and expansion of the U.S. military and Japanese Self-Defence Forces (SDF)' bases promoted by the governments of Japan and the United States. It referred to the SDF's unit deployment to Miyako and Yaeyama.
Participants marched about two kilometers to the Wansaka Oura Park and repeated "Gambaro!" three times at the end.
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Webinar on CFPB resources supporting servicemembers, veterans, and their families

Webinar on CFPB resources supporting servicemembers, veterans, and their families


Join us for a free webinar on Thursday, May 25, from 2–3 p.m. EDT, to explore CFPB resources for financial educators serving the military and veteran communities. Learn about the CFPB resources and tools that support servicemembers, veterans, and their families through the military lifecycle. 

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Friday, May 19, 2017

A Roads Classic: Twenty Surprising Doughboys

This is a non-comprehensive list of individuals who served in the AEF and went on to prominence in other fields of after the war. We've left out the generals, battlefield heroes, and most political types. Separate lists are being assembled for the Navy and volunteer groups. If you happen to have photos of any of these individuals please send them along.  (email) We will be featuring them on the Doughboy Center website in the future.
Grover Cleveland Alexander 
322nd Field Artillery
Baseball Hall of Fame

Hervey Allen 
28th Division
Author: Toward the FlameAnthony Adverse
Edwin Armstrong 
Signal Corps
Father of FM Radio
Steven Bechtel 
20th Engineering Battalion
Mega Construction Comp. Leader
Walter Brennan
101st Field Artillery; 26th Div.
Multiple Academy Award-Winning Actor
James M. Cain 
HQ Company, 79th Div.
Author: The Taking of MontfauconPostman Always Rings Twice
Meriam Cooper 
Air Service
Produced Movie King Kong
Dr. Harvey Cushing, Jr.
Medical Corps, 5th Base Hospital
Neurosurgeon, Biographer of Osler

Everett Dirksen 
69th Balloon Observer Company
U.S. Senate Minority Leader
Conrad Hilton 
304th Labor Btln, 79th Div.
Hotelier

Jay C. Hormel 


Ice Plant Company 301
Company Produced Spam
Edwin Hubble 
343rd Infantry, 86th Division
Astronomer 


Buster Keaton 
159th Infantry, 40th Div.
Entertainment Great

Fibber McGee
(James Jordan)
122nd Engineers
Radio Entertainer
Horace Pippin 
369th Infantry Regiment
Artist: John Brown


Harold Ross 
RR Engineers, Stars and Stripes Editor
Founder, New Yorker magazine

Edward Steichen 
Photographic Section
U.S. Air Service
Photo Artist

Henry Stimson 
31st and 305th Fld. Art.
Secretary of State & War

Gene Tunney 


USMC, Svcs of Supply
Heavyweight Boxing Champion

DeWitt Wallace
139th Infantry, 35th Div.
Founder of Reader's Digest


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Seen in Flanders: New Things and an Old Favorite


I'm just back from my Flanders – 1917 battlefield tour and have begun sorting through the photos I've started gathering from our tour members.  Here are photos of some of the new things I've never seen before, others I've somehow managed to miss in my 27 years of visiting the Western Front, and one old favorite.



The hiding place for an incredible 24,000 soldiers the week before the 1917 Battle of Arras, the visit to the Wellington Quarry (one of four) was rated the top stop on our trip by some of our participants. Our group (shown above) was fitted out with authentic tin hats for the visit to the vast underground caverns, which retain much evidence of its habitation by British troops 100 years ago.


We made two striking discoveries at Langemark Cemetery in the Ypres Salient.  Above is shown the new location of the famous four-figure statue by Emil Krieger.  Formerly, when you entered the cemetery, what was apparently a party of eternal mourners seemed to greet you from the distant far side of the huge cemetery. The effect was quite arresting.  However, you did not realize that the work depicted four German soldiers attending the funeral of one of their mates.  They have been moved to the site shown, with their backs to the shelter at the cemetery's entrance.  The soldiers (their identity is clear when you are near them) are now standing over a mass grave of nearly 25,000 of their mates.

Discovery two, is titled the "Langemark Cenotaph".  Dedicated in 2016, the new memorial is enhanced by the winning entries in a worldwide competition amongst blacksmithing artists.  The individual pieces are both representational and somewhat abstract.  We will show more of these in future postings on Roads.  


Another stop that will get a lot of attention in future postings is the small but superbly done Visitor's Centers at Flanders Fields Cemetery. Shown here is  the panel for a typical Doughboy killed in Flanders, Francis Clear of the New York 27th Division.  For me the highlight was the 10-minute orientation film that managed to capture the spirit of the American involvement in WWI better than the recent 6-hour PBS production.


I thought this monument to the very active Royal Naval Division for their work at the Battle of Arras deserved an "A" for imagination.  It tells the story of the action by representing the division with an anchor caught in the ruins of a town.  After the tough fight to capture Gavrelle, the division had a tougher time breaking out of the town as the Germans surrounded it with traps and ambush spots.


Just love this guy!


This was Richthofen's Quarters During Bloody April 1917


A Kiwi Soldier at Messines Town Square reminds visitors that it was the New Zealand Division that liberated the village on 7 June 1917.

Although, I had seen photos of it, I had never seen the haunting "Falls the Shadow" by New Zealander Helen Pollock in person before.  Its impact is almost over-powering.  The artist's father served in Flanders during WWI.

Below is a tour guide's delight — a cross section of the Passchendaele battlefield.  It clearly conveys information that is most difficult to express verbally.  Which in my mind makes it great graphic art.



A recent addition where the Ramparts meet the Menin Gate.


I thought Lego models were meant to be parodies and didn't know you could achieve such accuracy and show such serious intent.


At the 2 November 1917 river crossing by the 37th Ohio National Guard Division, the Ohio Bridge is actually the third of the post WWI period, but the four American bison guarding the approaches are the originals.


Created by the  largest of the 19 mines blown on 7 June 1917, the St. Eloi Crater is now a pretty village picnic and fishing spot.



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The Problems with the USS Gerald R. Ford (Hint — It’s Not the Catapults)

In an interview with Time, the notional Commander in Chief again showed his willful ignorance by calling for steam catapults rather than "digital catapults" on the new Gerald R. Ford class of aircraft carriers.  Aside from the limitations inherent in using the decades old steam technology, the new Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) catapult on the carrier USS Ford are not "digital." It is not clear what a digital catapult might be. What is clear is that the president has absolutely no idea what he is talking about, yet again.

The Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) is computer controlled, as is just about everything these days, but is hardly "digital." EMALS use a series of electric motors instead of a conventional steam piston drive. The system allows more controlled acceleration which puts less stress on the planes and can be tailored to plane size, from drones to the heaviest carrier-based fighter bombers. The system is lighter and also should be far less costly to maintain. It also allows for more planes to be launched faster than the old steam catapults. The system had initial bugs but is now said to be ready for sea trials.

Right now the EMALS seems to be one of the least problematic systems on the $13 billion supercarrier USS Gerald R. Ford.  The largest problem seems to be with its turbine generator sets which have failed to produce enough power. The Navy has said that they have come up with a series of fixes. There are also reported problems with the ship's plane arresting gear. 

Many say that the problems are more administrative than technical. Senator John McCain argues that the cost overruns, delays and technical failures of the Ford-class carrier program are evidence of the overall flawed defense acquisition system.

Likewise, Ex-Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told reporters, "The Ford is a textbook example of how not to build a ship," "(We were) building it while it's still being designed" — which results in costly do-overs of already-finished components — "(and) trying to force too much new and unproven technology on it." 

Perhaps what we really need is better Navy contracting, not steam catapults or an ignorant Commander in Chief.



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Derelicts & Ghost Ships — Are Catamarans the New Lumber Schooners?

Rainmaker, somewhat worse for the wear, after being adrift for over a year

Derelicts, abandoned ships often waterlogged and just barely afloat, are fascinating ghosts which wander the seas according to the vagaries of the winds and the currents. They are also significant hazards to navigation. In the later half of the 19th century, American lumber schooners were particularly susceptible to become derelicts. When these schooners were abandoned by their crews in heavy weather or after a collision with another ship, their buoyant cargoes of timber would often keep the schooners drifting with their main deck just above the surface for extended periods, sometimes for literally years.

For example, in 1885 the three masted tern schooner Twenty One Friends carrying a full load of lumber was abandoned after collision with a another ship off Cape Hatteras. The ship continued to be spotted for the next two years on either side of the Atlantic before she finally drifted ashore off Ireland. Remarkably, her cargo was salvaged and the schooner repaired. She spent several more productive years as a fishing vessel. 

Another interesting case was that of the three masted lumber schooner Fannie E Wolston which was abandoned off Cape Hatteras in 1891. She was observed by dozens of other ships over the next three years. According to these observations, the schooner drifted almost due east, then south-east during the first year. For the next year she drifted in circles in the mid-Atlantic before drifting west again, did one more loop before drifting north and east, finally seeming to ride the current of the Gulf Stream before finally being sighted for the last time on October 21, 1894. It is estimated that she drifted almost 9,000 nautical miles before she finally disappeared.

These days, as catamaran sailing yachts become more popular, they may be the derelict equivalent of the lumber schooners of old. One of the selling points of cruising catamarans is that they are unsinkable, which doesn't mean that they won't capsize or be dis-masted or otherwise overwhelmed by the sea.

In November of last year, Leopard, a 57'sailing catamaran capsized 400 miles north of the Dominican Republic. The crew was saved but the yacht drifted away. Six months later it was sighted off the North Carolina coast near Morehead City and towed in.

Likewise, in late January 2015, the brand new Gunboat 55 catamaran, Rainmaker, set off from North Carolina bound for St. Martin and was dis-masted and then abandoned off Cape Hatteras. The derelict was spotted several times but was finally salvaged over a year after it was abandoned. Bizarrely, it was finally salvaged off Bermuda by sailors from Oracle Team USA who had taken a day off from practicing for the America's Cups races to go fishing.

Rainmaker was a high-tech carbon fiber catamaran estimated to have cost around $2.5 million. After drifting for over a year she was put up for auction with a starting bid price of $15,000.   



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American National Red Cross Collection: Newly Digitized Photos May 18, 2017 by Kristi Finefield

On May 21, 1881, Clara Barton founded the American National Red Cross to provide relief services during times of war and disaster. In honor of its Founder’s Day, I would like to highlight some newly digitized images from our American National Red Cross Collection, which documents Red Cross activities during the late 1910s through the early 1920s in both the U.S. and abroad. The Prints & Photographs Division recently scanned nearly 19,000 American National Red Cross glass negatives, which are now available in our online catalog.

The majority of the collection focuses on the Red Cross’ work during and after the First World War. The American National Red Cross not only cared for injured combatants, but they also helped refugees, took care of orphans, and sent aid to areas hit by famine. There is extensive coverage of their wartime actions in France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Balkans, Eastern Russia (including Siberia) and the Middle East. The collection also includes photos of their work at training camps and military hospitals in the U.S.

NO CAPTION. Photo, between 1917 and 1919. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.00858

NO CAPTION. Photo, between 1917 and 1919. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.00858

Music hath charms, etc. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine, Aug. 1918. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.07204

Music hath charms, etc. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine, Aug. 1918. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.07204

Scene in the corridor military hosp. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine, 14 June 1918. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.06729

Scene in the corridor military hosp. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine, 14 June 1918. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.06729

Womens part in the great war. Women are shown preparing to deliver various government packages. They are members of the National League for Women' Service, which is proving of great assistance to Uncle Sam in carrying on the Great War. Women are employed as drivers, ambulance drivers, messengers, etc. Captain A.B. Bayle is shown cranking the car, prior to making her rounds in New York. Photo from American National Red Cross Collection, between 1917 and 1920. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.06283

Womens part in the great war. Women are shown preparing to deliver various government packages. They are members of the National League for Women’ Service, which is proving of great assistance to Uncle Sam in carrying on the Great War. Women are employed as drivers, ambulance drivers, messengers, etc. Captain A.B. Bayle is shown cranking the car, prior to making her rounds in New York. Photo from American National Red Cross Collection, between 1917 and 1920. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.06283

Some of my favorite of the wartime photos show efforts to document the rehabilitation of injured soldiers. The photo below shows a French soldier who lost his sight and one of his arms. He has been fitted with a custom-made prosthetic which helps him make brushes. The Red Cross not only wanted to care for soldier’s physical wounds, but also provide veterans a way to earn a living after the war.

Making brushes. A blind soldier making and cutting brushes with aid of tool especially designed by M. Lotz Maunory Reeducational School for Blind soldiers. Photo from American National Red Cross Collection, 4 March 1918. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.07179

Making brushes. A blind soldier making and cutting brushes with aid of tool especially designed by M. Lotz Maunory Reeducational School for Blind soldiers. Photo from American National Red Cross Collection, 4 March 1918. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.07179

The collection also covers various activities of the American National Red Cross unrelated to war, including some of the few photos we have found in the holdings of the Prints and Photographs Division related to the flu epidemic of 1918. The image below shows a trolley conductor in Seattle, Washington stopping someone from boarding because they are not wearing a face mask. The Red Cross distributed 260,000 masks in Seattle to try and help contain the spread of the disease. 

Precautions taken in Seattle, Wash., during the Spanish Influenza Epidemic would not permit anyone to ride on the street cars without wearing a mask. 260,000 of these were made by the Seattle Chapter of the Red Cross which consisted of 120 workers, in three days. Photo from American National Red Cross Collection, circa 1918 or 1919. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.02654

Precautions taken in Seattle, Wash., during the Spanish Influenza Epidemic would not permit anyone to ride on the street cars without wearing a mask. 260,000 of these were made by the Seattle Chapter of the Red Cross which consisted of 120 workers, in three days. Photo from American National Red Cross Collection, circa 1918 or 1919. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.02654

Photographers also documented dignitaries and groups visiting American Red Cross headquarters in Washington D.C., nurses visiting rural families, and Red Cross staff teaching skills like first aid and swimming. There is also coverage of disaster relief, showing the Red Cross’ work in the aftermath of floods, tornadoes, explosions, and the collection even includes a few photos from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. 

The Japanese RC Comm. headed by Prince Tokagawa [i.e. Tokugawa], being received at ARC National Headquarters by Chairman Danison and members of the War Council. Photo from American National Red Cross Collection, July 1918. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.02158

The Japanese RC Comm. headed by Prince Tokagawa [i.e. Tokugawa], being received at ARC National Headquarters by Chairman Danison and members of the War Council. Photo from American National Red Cross Collection, July 1918. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.02158

Red Cross Bedside Nursing. Bedside nursing is one of the most highly appreciated duties of the Red Cross Public Health Nurse. This bed-ridden invalid has been made comfortable on the porch of her home by the Nurse who regularly visits here. Under the peace program of the Red Cross, to sustain which the third Red Cross Roll Call for members which will be held, Nov. 2 to 11 the Public Health Nursing system will be expanded to be even more effective than at present. Photo from American National Red Cross Collection, 7 October 1919. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.04234

Red Cross Bedside Nursing. Bedside nursing is one of the most highly appreciated duties of the Red Cross Public Health Nurse. This bed-ridden invalid has been made comfortable on the porch of her home by the Nurse who regularly visits here. Under the peace program of the Red Cross, to sustain which the third Red Cross Roll Call for members which will be held, Nov. 2 to 11 the Public Health Nursing system will be expanded to be even more effective than at present. Photo from American National Red Cross Collection, 7 October 1919. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.04234

Applying First Aid bandage to hand and arm. Photo from American National Red Cross Collection, 23 January 1920. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.05375

Applying First Aid bandage to hand and arm. Photo from American National Red Cross Collection, 23 January 1920. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.05375

Earthquake, San Francisco. April 18, 1906. Food line at Relief Station run by the American Red Cross. Photo from American National Red Cross Collection, 18 April 1906. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.04175

Earthquake, San Francisco. April 18, 1906. Food line at Relief Station run by the American Red Cross. Photo from American National Red Cross Collection, 18 April 1906. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/anrc.04175

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Criminal and Civil Enforcement - Healthcare Fraud

May 17, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Northern District of Ohio
Cleveland Heights woman sentenced to 10 years in prison, son to seven years for $8 million home healthcare fraud
A Cleveland Heights woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison for leading a $8 million healthcare fraud conspiracy in which participants provided forged documents and fraudulent forms to bill for services that were not provided, law enforcement officials said.
May 16, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice
United States Intervenes in Second False Claims Act Lawsuit Alleging that UnitedHealth Group Inc. Mischarged the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Programs
For the second time in two weeks, the United States has filed a complaint against UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UHG) that alleges UHG knowingly obtained inflated risk adjustment payments based on untruthful and inaccurate information about the health status of beneficiaries enrolled in UHG's Medicare Advantage Plans throughout the United States, the Justice Department announced today. Today's action follows the government's filing of a complaint earlier this month in United States ex rel. Swoben v. Secure Horizons, a related action that also alleges that UHG submitted false claims for payment to the Medicare Program. 
May 16, 2017; U.S. Attorney; District of New Jersey
Omnicare Inc. Agrees To $8 Million Settlement In False Claims Act Case
NEWARK, N.J. - The U.S. Attorney's Office of the District of New Jersey, the U.S. Department of Justice and 28 states have reached an $8 million settlement with Omnicare Inc. resolving allegations arising from a whistle-blower suit filed under the False Claims Act. The agreement was announced today by Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick.
May 12, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice
Former Administrative Law Judge Pleads Guilty for Role in $550 Million Social Security Disability Fraud Scheme
A former administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration (SSA) pleaded guilty in federal court today for his role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain more than $550 million in federal disability payments from the SSA for thousands of claimants.
May 11, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Middle District of Louisiana
Patient Marketer For All-Star Medical Supply Sentenced To Prison For Health Care Fraud
BATON ROUGE, LA - Acting United States Attorney Corey R. Amundson announced that U.S. District Judge Shelly D. Dick sentenced DEMETRIAS TEMPLE, age 56, of New Orleans, Louisiana, to serve ten (10) months in federal prison following her conviction for health care fraud. TEMPLE was ordered to make restitution to the Medicare program totaling $100,000 and pay a $100 special assessment. TEMPLE was ordered to forfeit an additional $100,000 as the proceeds of her criminal activity. Finally, following her release from prison, TEMPLE will be required to serve a two-year term of supervised release.
May 11, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Southern District of New York
Acting U.S. Attorney Announces $54 Million Settlement Of Civil Fraud Lawsuit Against Benefits Management Company For Improper Authorization Of Medical Procedures
Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Scott Lampert, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Regional Office for the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS-OIG"), announced today that the United States simultaneously filed and settled a civil fraud lawsuit against benefits management company CaRECORE NATIONAL LLC ("CARECORE"), now part of eviCore healthcare, for authorizing medical diagnostic procedures paid for with Medicare and Medicaid funds over a period of at least eight years without properly assessing whether the procedures were necessary or reasonable. The settlement, approved in Manhattan federal court by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Sullivan, resolves CARECORE's civil liabilities to the United States under the federal False Claims Act. Under the settlement, CARECORE must pay a total of $54 million, of which $45 million will be paid to the United States and $9 million will be paid to the states that are named as plaintiffs in the suit. CARECORE also admitted and accepted responsibility for, among other things, improperly approving prior authorizations requests for hundreds of thousands of diagnostic procedures paid for with Medicare Part C and Medicaid funds.
May 11, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Northern District of Illinois
Chicago Dermatologist Convicted on Federal Fraud Charges for Billing Health Insurance Programs for Medically Unnecessary Treatments
CHICAGO - A federal jury has convicted a Chicago dermatologist on fraud charges for billing health-insurance programs for purported pre-cancerous treatments that were not medically necessary.
May 10, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Eastern District of Louisiana
Six Individuals Found Guilty of Health Care Fraud
Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on May 9th, after over four weeks of trial, a federal jury returned guilty verdicts against six individuals charged with committing approximately $13,655,094 in Medicare fraud.
May 10, 2017; U.S. Attorney; District of Oregon
Mary Holden Ayala Charged with Theft of Over $800,000 From Oregon Foster Care Agency Give Us This Day
PORTLAND, Ore. -A federal grand jury in Portland has charged Mary Holden Ayala, 56, a longtime resident of Portland, with theft of over $800,000, money laundering and filing false personal tax returns. Ayala served as the President and Executive Director of Give Us This Day (GUTD), an Oregon state-licensed private foster care agency and residential program for hard-to-place foster youth, until its closing in September of 2015. 
May 9, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Central District of California
Oncology Therapy Center in High Desert Pays $3 Million to Resolve Allegations of Providing Radiation Treatments without Doctor Present
LOS ANGELES - A Lancaster-based radiation therapy center has paid $3 million to resolve allegations that it submitted fraudulent bills over a nearly 10-year period to three government-run healthcare programs for unsupervised radiation oncology services.
May 9. 2017; U.S. Attorney; Northern District of Alabama
Sales Rep for North Alabama Compounding Pharmacy Charged in $13 M Insurance Conspiracy
BIRMINGHAM - Federal prosecutors today charged a sales representative for a Haleyville, Ala.,-based compounding pharmacy with conspiracy in a multi-faceted scheme to generate prescriptions and defraud Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and one of its prescription drug administrators out of over $13 million in one year. Acting U.S. Attorney Robert O. Posey, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Roger Stanton, United States Postal Inspector in Charge, Houston Division Adrian Gonzalez, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Special Agent in Charge Derrick L. Jackson, and Defense Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent in Charge John F. Khin announced the charges.
May 8, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice Medicare Fraud Strike Force Case
Third Detroit-Area Physician Convicted in $17.1 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme
A third Detroit-area physician was convicted today for his role in a $17 million Medicare fraud scheme involving medically unnecessary physician visits.
May 8, 2017; U.S. Attorney; District of Connecticut
Morris Woman Sentenced to 10 Months in Federal Prison for Health Care Fraud
Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANNE CHARLOTTE SILVER, 63, of Morris, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 10 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for committing health care fraud. Judge Bolden also ordered SILVER to provide 100 hours of community service upon her release from prison, and to pay restitution of $1.6 million.
May 8, 2017; U.S. Attorney; District of Kansas
Kansas Medical Supplier to Pay $1 Million To Settle False Claim Allegations
KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A Dodge City medical equipment supplier has agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations it submitted false claims to the Medicare program, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said today.
May 4, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Eastern District of Texas
Smith County Husband and Wife Sentenced in Health Care Fraud Conspiracy
TYLER, Texas - A Smith County couple has been sentenced for health care fraud violations in the Eastern District of Texas announced Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.
May 4, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Western District of Virginia
Third Member of Healthcare Conspiracy Pleads Guilty
Abingdon, VIRGINIA - A Bristol woman, who along with a husband and wife were accused of healthcare fraud, pled guilty today to related charges, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Nick DiGiulio, Special Agent in Charge, Philadelphia Regional Office for U.S. Health and Human Services - Office of Inspector General announced today.
May 2, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice
United States Intervenes in False Claims Act lawsuit Against UnitedHealth Group Inc. for Mischarging the Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Programs
The United States has intervened and filed a complaint in a lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UHG) that alleges UHG obtained inflated risk adjustment payments based on untruthful and inaccurate information about the health status of beneficiaries enrolled in UHG's largest Medicare Advantage Plan, UHC of California, the Justice Department announced today. Yesterday's action follows the government's intervention in February of this year in United State ex rel. Poehling v. UnitedHealth Group. Inc., a related lawsuit in the Central District of California that also alleges that UHG defrauded the Medicare Program. government is scheduled to file a complaint in that matter no later than May 16. 
May 2, 2017; U.S. Attorney; Western District of North Carolina
Hickory Pathology Lab Agrees To Pay The United States $601,000 To Settle False Claims Act Allegation
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose announced today that Piedmont Pathology in Hickory, N.C., has agreed to pay the United States $601,000 to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for medically unnecessary procedures. 
May 1, 2017; U.S. Attorney; District of Kansas
Kansas Chiropractor to Pay $1 Million-plus To Settle False Claim Allegations
KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A Kansas City area chiropractor has agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle allegations his offices submitted false claims to Medicare for treating patients with peripheral neuropathy, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said today.
May 1, 2017; U.S. Attorney; District of Rhode Island
Poplar Healthcare to Pay Nearly $900,000 to Resolve A False Claims Act Allegations
PROVIDENCE, RI - Acting United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch and Philip Coyne, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Boston Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS-OIG), today announced that Poplar Healthcare PLLC, and Poplar Healthcare Management, LLC ("Poplar"), of Memphis, TN, have entered into a civil settlement agreement with the United States, under which Poplar will pay $897,640 to resolve allegations under the federal False Claims Act. The government alleges that Poplar, directly and through a subsidiary known as GI Pathology, promoted and billed the government for diagnostic tests that the government contends were not medically necessary.

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Medicare Fraud Strike Force Teams harness data analytics and the combined resources of Federal, State, and local law enforcement entities to prevent and combat health care fraud, waste, and abuse. First established in March 2007, Strike Force teams currently operate in nine areas: Miami, Florida; Los Angeles, California; Detroit, Michigan; southern Texas; Brooklyn, New York; southern Louisiana; Tampa, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; and Dallas, Texas. 

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Strike Force teams bring together the efforts of the Office of Inspector General, the Department of Justice, Offices of the United States Attorneys, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, local law enforcement, and others. 

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May 8, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice
Third Detroit-Area Physician Convicted in $17.1 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme
April 13, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice
Detroit Podiatrist Charged for Role in $13.9 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
March 31, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice
Second Detroit-Area Physician Pleads Guilty in $17.1 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme
March 30, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice
Home Health Agency Owner Pleads Guilty to Conspiring in $17 Million Medicaid Fraud Scheme
March 17, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice
Houston-Area Registered Nurse Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud Medicare of More than $5 Million
March 14, 2017; U.S. Department of Justice
South Florida Home Health Owner Charged for Role in $15 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

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