Prattville man, William Roland Smith, 60, has pleaded guilty of stealing more than $450,000 of taxpayer’s government money. It is reported that Smith and his elderly father, Robert , who was a retired federal employee shared a joint bank account into which the dad’s pension benefits were automatically deposited. What happened after the father died is an old story that enrages taxpayers.
The son Smith never notified the government his dad had died. He continued to receive and spend his dad’s benefits for a period beginning within the Bill Clinton’s presidency finally ending twelve years later in George W. Bush’s presidency. (July,1994 to August 2006)
Still on the wave of a taxpayer free ride, taxpayers may provide room, board and supervision for Smith during a possible sentence of a maximum sentence of ten years in prison, supervised release of no more than three years. Smith may end up with a fine of up to $250,000 plus an order of restitution.
Remember when President Obama boasted of his new plan to crack down on Medicare and Medicaid fraud, very similar to Smith’s sort of fraud, back when delivering remarks on health insurance reform? Obama’s solution was offering specialized auditors financial incentives to root out improper payments with predictions that the program would more than pay for itself because at least $2 billion would be recaptured over the next three years.
The White House pointed to the success of a Bush administration pilot program ” run by Medicare in three large states – California, New York, and Texas – from 2005 to 2008 (which) recaptured $900 million for taxpayers.” to justify Obama’s expansion of this program – bigger, better and more effective.
Same program as Bush’s with Obama tweaks: So how is it doing? Has it recaptured another $900 million? Unfortunately, not according to a recent inspector general report which found that “Out of $835 million in questionable Medicare payments identified by private contractors in 2007,” (during Bush’s presidency) Obama’s group “was only able to recover some $55 million, or about 7 percent….”
Finding from Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General: Overpayment that PSC’s referred for collection did not result in significant savings to the Medicare program.
The White House is taking prompt action about this lack of performance . Seven private companies, now called “Program Safeguard Contractors” have been renamed and consolidated, and are now to be called “Zone Program Integrity Contractors”, ZPICs. Soon, the White House claims, everyone should be able to do their jobs better. Alas, already one costly error of the new and improved ZPIC’s auditor’s mistake has caused one practice a $4 million headache.
Honest Americans agree with Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa about “pay-and-chase” systems “when it comes to fraud, waste and abuse, especially, “Providers are paid first, then questioned if there’s a problem. Add to that mix contractors who sit on cases of ongoing fraud when they should be referring them to law enforcement, and you have a recipe for disaster.”
No matter how or from where government money is stolen, America wants the stealing stopped and the taxpayer’s money recovered. Certainly this is an Elections 2010 issue.
DALLAS __ The Dallas Morning News is reporting that “Dallas is among 9 cities where Medicare is testing a medical supply bidding process”. “Health care to the lowest bidder is never a good idea,” Schwinghammer said. (more)
For every agency that is condemned for doing a poor job, there may be found the rare agency that condemns government for not allowing them to “do their job”. ICE is such an agency.
And now ~ DON’T MISS THIS
ICE Federal agents REVOLTS!!
Protesting Shamesty of Illegal Immigration reform policies!
MAKE NO MISTAKE: Director Morton and Assistant Director Coven are doing the will of President Obama’s administration. “Amnesty through Policy” directives reflect on President Obama’s leadership. The policies that are ignored, the policies that are pushed, the data that is manipulated and LIES that are told – are on orders which flow directly from the White House DON’T MISS THIS