Monday, January 21, 2013
Two federal grand jury indictments were handed down late last week, charging a total of 13 defendants. Two of the offenders came from Skokie and Northbrook while others came from as far as Russia and Poland, authorities said.
An international identity theft scheme was halted by the FBI following an investigation on Friday that dates back to 2009. The United States Department of Justice announced that two federal grand jury indictments were handed down, charging a total of 13 individuals with a variety of offenses - from scheming to obtaining goods, cars and money illegally. Among those charged were Peter Vana, 36, of Skokie, with three counts of wire fraud and Yaroslav Bolesta, 25, of Northbrook with one count of wire fraud. The duo is alleged to have participated in the fraud of purchasing multiple pieces of clothing, sporting goods, electronics and even vehicles through the use of identity theft and credit card fraud. All in all, 24 counts were made against …
Friday, November 16, 2012
A Skokie resident received a plethora of kickbacks from Teva Pharmaceuticals, authorities said today. The man is alleged to file 140,000 false claims for medications with serious side effects. It is said to be the largest prescription fraud in Chicago.
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Friday, November 16, 2012
A Skokie resident and Chicago psychiatrist received illegal kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies and submitted at least 140,000 false claims to Medicare and Medicaid for antipsychotic medications he prescribed for thousands of mentally ill patients in area nursing homes, according to a civil health care fraud lawsuit filed today. The defendant, Dr. Michael J. Reinstein, also submitted at least 50,000 claims to Medicare and Medicaid, falsely stating that he provided “pharmacologic management” for his patients at more than 30 area nursing homes and long-term care facilities, the lawsuit alleges. The lawsuit seeks triple damages under the False Claims Act, plus a civil penalty of $5,500 to $11,000 for each alleged false claim. “This is …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
A Lincolnwood healthcare business was allegedly involved in a kickback scheme.
A Des Plaines woman has been indicted for her reported role in what federal prosecutors described was a conspiracy involving kickbacks for Medicare patients, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced on Monday. Rakeshkumar Shah, 46, of Des Plaines, four others, and a home healthcare agency in Lincolnwood were named in the suit. Marilyn Maravilla, 55, of Chicago, Junjee L. Arroyo, 44, of Elmhurst, Ferdinand Echavia, 39, of Chicago, and Jean Holloway, 41, of Bellwood, and Shah are accused of paying and receiving approximately $400,000 in kickbacks to themselves, nurses, marketers and others to refer and retain Medicare patients that allowed the Lincolnwood business named in the complaint, Goodwill Home Healthcare, to bill Medicare approximately $…
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
A roundup of the region's major developments for Tuesday March 15.
Here's what's going on in Patch sites around you: Investor Wins $2 Million And Auto Dealership in Fraud Suit. New Trier Removes Teacher From School Pending Misconduct Investigation. Muslim School Eyes Leasing Deal With Catholic Church Local Musher Wins Russian Dogsled Race.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Skokie police suspect hidden devices used as residents lose nearly $11,000.
(08/27) Editor's note: more reports have come in, bringing the total number of Harris Bank customers scammed to eight in less than five days. As technology advances, so have the scammers, netting nearly $11,000 from local residents in a recent rash of ATM fraud. Skokie police are investigating sophisticated "skimming" schemes that may involve hidden devices or tampering, such as placing electronic faceplates over card readers of automated teller machines. With the latter, when customers slide their card into the reader, account information stored on the magnetic strip is recorded (See images for more). According to police reports this week, five women and three men, all Skokie residents, have fallen prey to ATM fraud over the past few …