Archive for Fraud

Indiana University Health is facing a lawsuit alleging that it committed fraud by sending high-risk, low-income women to nursing assistants, rather than to doctors, as their paperwork stated. The whistleblower lawsuit was filed by a doctor who served as director of women’s services at HealthNet as well as medical director of ob-gyn services at IU Health Methodist Hospital. The lawsuit alleges that the hospital sent the high-risk, low-income female patients to nursing assistants, when they needed to be seen by doctors. It further alleges that the hospital fraudulently claimed that the women had been treated by doctors.

Red Bull Settles False Advertising Suit, Offers Refunds

Energy drink maker Red Bull has settled a class action lawsuit by consumers alleging deceptive advertising. The group of consumers alleged in the lawsuit that the company lied in its advertising by claiming that the drinks contained only caffeine to provide energy, and not guarana, taurine and or other ingredients. The class action lawsuit also alleged that the company falsely advertised by claiming that the drink was a superior source of energy. As part of the settlement, Red Bull is offering a reimbursement for any consumer purchases over the last 10 years.

  1. Retain all check writing authority.  This forces the owner, in the absence of forgery, to be involved in the check writing and prevents the temptation of writing checks that are not for the benefit of the business.  In the case filed by our firm, the Defendant was writing herself additional paychecks and even got so bold as to pay personal bills out of company funds.
  2.  Require multiple signatures for checks over a certain amount, i.e. $1,000.00.
  3. Do not get lulled into believing it could never happen to you, accountability keeps people honest in many instances.
  4. Never sign a blank check.
  5. Never have a signature stamp.
  6. Review your bank statements monthly or at least randomly spot check them.  This way you can see any unusually checks or ACH activity.

Hodges Trial Lawyers has recently filed a lawsuit to help a local business that’s been a victim of fraud recover their stolen funds.

Apparently, Medicare paid $5,100,000,000.00 to nursing homes that did not meet minimum federal standards.  According to the report, one out of every three times patients wound up in nursing homes that year, they landed in facilities that failed to follow basic care requirements laid out by the federal agency that administers Medicare.

This certainly puts the onus on families with loved ones needing nursing home care to be sure that the facility they choose is up to the task.  Below is a link to a news article with more information.

If someone sends you a mailer claiming that you can pay to join a lawsuit and somehow avoid paying your mortgage, beware.  The old adage, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is still rings true today.    We recommend that you consult with an attorney you trust before taking any steps that relate to your home.  Read the LA Times article here.

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