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HIPPA Journal

September 14, 2014

In Recent News

In recent news, according to Chron, “the convictions are a hefty blow to the hospital, which has been teetering on financial collapse.”

Chron | October 20, 2014 | Dane Schiller

Congresswoman Protects Medicare Fraudster

The Accused

Earnest Gibson III, CEO of Riverside General Hospital.

HIPPA Journal

September 14, 2014

The Crime

Riverside General Hospital went under immediate investigation by Medicare after Medicare discovered $158 Million in excessive claims. Riverside General Hospital is a 188 bed non-profit hospital located in Houston, Texas. It was formerly Houston Negro Hospital, a nearly century old hospital founded in order to serve the African American community of Houston.

When Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat, caught wind of the situation, she wrote a pleading letter in June 2012 to the federal official who oversees Medicare, Marilyn Tavenner - asking Medicare to back down on the investigation. Within a few weeks, payments were restored.

Wall Street Journal | December 11, 2014 | Christopher S. Stewart and Christopher Weaver

Real Punishment

Gibson was indicted in a $158 million fraud scheme and was convicted in October 2014. Gibson and three others (including his son) were convicted on October 20, 2014. Sentencing will take place on February 17, 2015.

The United States Department of Justice | October 20, 2014 | Office of Public Affairs
The law in our hands

Like many “non-profits”, this one turned out to be hugely profitable to the CEO and his family, as it proved an excellent vehicle to steal Medicare funds.  Medicare fraud is rampant and costs US taxpayers billions. It will never be stopped until brutal punishment is taken against those who steal from the system. For fraud of this amount, the punishment should be death.  And the congresswoman, Sheila Jackson, who tried to protect the CEO, should, at the very least, lose her position of political influence, which she has clearly abused.  

In Recent News

In recent news, according to Chron, “the convictions are a hefty blow to the hospital, which has been teetering on financial collapse.”

Chron | October 20, 2014 | Dane Schiller
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