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A South Florida doctor will spend more than three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to falsely diagnosing hundreds of patients in a Medicare fraud scheme.

Court records show the 57-year-old Delray Beach doctor was also ordered Wednesday by a federal judge to pay more than $2.1 million in restitution to the government. The man previously pleaded guilty to health care fraud.

Authorities claim the man falsely diagnosed 387 patients enrolled in the Medicare Advantage program with a rare spinal condition. The patients were enrolled in a Humana Inc. health plan that was reimbursed for each diagnosis by Medicare.

The federal program paid out $2.1 million in excess benefits, 80 percent of which went to the doctor. Almost none of the patients actually had the rare spinal condition, according to reports.

Medicare and Medicaid fraud is taken quite seriously on local, state and federal levels. It is important to note that these cases are heavily investigated before charges are brought forth. With that said, you will most likely know about the possibility of being charged long before an indictment is filed against you.

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A 21-year-old West Palm Beach man is accused of having sexual relations with a four-year-old girl in 2009, Plantation police are alleging.

The arrest report alleges that the  attacks occurred in 2009 when the man was 17. He and the young girl lived in Plantation at the time and he would show her pornographic DVDs before engaging in sex acts seen on the screen.

The man warned the girl not to tell anyone and she kept silent for years. She eventually told her mother, who was hesitant to contact police, according to investigators, because she was afraid that reporting the abuse would put her traumatized daughter in foster care and break up her marriage.

Authorities have busted a Broward County-based “boiler room” operation, most recently arresting three men this week who are accused of selling fake stocks. News reports estimate that the scheme collectively siphoned about $4 million from investors throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The men worked for an outfit known as FMN Enterprise, which allegedly employed 14 men who posed as telemarketers and sold stock from green-technology companies, promising investors healthy returns, authorities said.

A Broward County brokerage is the center of a securities fraud and racketeering operation

A Broward County brokerage is the center of the arrest of 14 men for securities fraud and racketeering 

A South Florida man is facing federal charges after authorities say he threatened to kill Broward State Attorney Mike Satz and as well as some other judges in a posting on a Broward County courthouse blog on November 27th.

Federal authorities claim that the man, who has lived in Broward and Palm Beach counties as of late, will remain in custody pending further proceedings.

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According to news reports, the man posted the following on the blog:

“By the end of this year a rouque [sic] asa will be executed for his abuse of prosecutorial power that hurt my kids and ruined my life. His kids will be spared but he has to much power to be left to his sma [sic] minded sick decptions [sic] to get convictions and further his career. He will be accompained [sic] by current and former judges who abused their judicial power to destroy good lives and decent people. Mike Satz goes first.”

(ASA is an abbreviation for assistant state attorney).

The FBI was contacted by an unidentified person who reported the comment, prompting the FBI to obtain a subpoena to identify the computer that was used to make threat.

Law enforcement traced the comment to a computer in a Boca Raton home where the defendant was dog sitting for a friend. When confronted, the defendant allegedly appeared “intoxicated” and refused to let the agents look at any computers, The next day the defendant dialed 211, a telephone crisis helpline, and said he wanted to hang himself.
A few days later, the homeowner allowed the FBI examine her computer, which agents later confirmed was used to make the posting.

A forensic psychologist told agents he conducted seven mental health evaluations on the defendant between 2003 and 2007 and diagnosed the defendant with bipolar disorder, alcohol dependency and an anti-social disorder. (He had several past Broward County cases, including two domestic violence cases and four aggravated stalking cases, some of which were handled in a special court for defendants with mental health problems.)

FBI reports indicate that, “[The psychologist] believes that [the defendant] is a ‘high risk’ to engage in future violent behavior against specific targets and is a ‘ticking time bomb.'”

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