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Wondering why Jeniffer Granholm is still walking around a free woman tonight?
Attorney General Bill Schuette on Friday announced felony charges against 11 individuals from across Michigan for allegedly abusing the Medicaid-funded Independent Living Services Program (Home Help Services Program). In many cases the defendants, who were often family members of the Medicaid beneficiaries, allegedly received checks for services rendered to the beneficiaries after they died.
Schuette filed criminal charges against Ollie Brent, 59, of Pontiac; Marilyn Davis, 45, of Harper Woods; Janet Dixon, 59, of Grosse Pointe Woods; Anna Goree, 35, of Detroit; Theresa Hines, 40, of Marcellus; Kristina Jurek, 44, of Macomb; Selandra Jo Mitchell, 46, of Detroit; Marilyn Oakes, 57, of Muskegon; Patricia Ann Tompkins, 65, of Roseville; Sherita Ware, 38, of Detroit; and Carla Williams, 44, of Pontiac. All 11 defendants improperly received Medicaid funds intended to pay for home help services for Medicaid beneficiaries. In total, the 11 defendants defrauded the Medicaid program out of more than $60,000. Schuette says
"Vulnerable adults across Michigan depend on Medicaid personal care services, but scammers who abuse the program threaten its integrity. The message is clear: we will not tolerate any form of health care fraud at the expense of patients and taxpayers."Damn straight!
Now how about a little action for the 59,000 Home care workers who were defrauded of $35,000,000.00?
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By Corinthian Scales, Section News
What better place can one possibly think of to promote the concept of "Free Monies" and a spiffy DIA tax advertisement than Washtenaw County's very own Moscow on the Huron.
As noted from WXYZ.
One of the team members tells 7 Action News that their professor even shed a tear while watching the ad.
So did comrades Karl, Friedrich, and Vladimir Ilyich.
By JGillman, Section News
This Is NOT Your Daddy's 'Paul'
Some of the ideas are familiar, but limited in ways typically embraced by establishment Republicans.
Rand Paul's visit to Detroit was precipitated by a conference call being reported by the Detroit News. In it, Senator Paul speaks of enterprise zones, with taxes so low as to "bail yourselves out". Adding to this an loosened visa incentive for a flow of foreign "entrepreneurs" into the city.
Paul, widely considered a 2016 potential presidential candidate, said he will introduce legislation Monday to create "economic freedom zones" by dramatically lowering taxes in depressed areas and loosen visa rules to encourage foreign entrepreneurs to immigrate to the city.
So now instead of "jobs that Americans don't want to do," perhaps we will be talking about cities that Americans don't want to live or work in.
I wonder how that would work?
Maybe something like this?
"Mr Chen, you are welcome to stay, invest, develop, and work in our country. However, you are limited to this particular region. If for some reason you are not satisfied there, I guess you are out of luck."Or in other words,
"Welcome to the Hotel Detroit. Love it, or get the hell out of our country.."Right, somehow I can't see THAT happening.
Which of course begs the question of what happens to those who emigrate, and decide to move somewhere a little safer than Baghdad of Michigan? When "loosening visa requirements," it seems that a genie let out is a little hard to stuff back in the lamp. Its hard to imagine 'restrictive' movement placed on those who simply seek a better life, and upon finding out that Detroit is no better than the hole they left, it is highly likely that they will indeed "seek" such a place.
And it seems we have heard those words about foreigners feeling welcomed before.
Go below the fold.
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In the third and last episode of the bankrupting America series, one of the business owners profiled seems hopeful for Detroit's future.
In certain pockets, there is limited investment which he feels represents a turning point. His optimism is clearly tempered by what leadership might or might not do however.
"The more city government gets cleaned up, and gets better organized, thats going to naturally help my business. Cause it changes the perception people have of the city, through city government."
Whole Foods cannot anchor the ghost ship of Detroit by itself.
The process which brought Whole foods there in the first place is legalized corruption in my view anyhow. The site on which it stands was not a contamination site as far as I know, and the abuse of brownfield remains legendary.
Former Detroit Mayor and trendsetter Kwame Kilpatrick got what he earned (again) yesterday with a 28 year sentence for being a good Democrat.
In other news, a pay for play [victim] complains:
"Construction company Walbridge wants as much as $5 million in restitution that prosecutors want awarded to Detroit because company officials argue the firm was victimized by Kilpatrick's criminal scheme."Really, we gone THAT far over the edge.
Its even asked:
"Legal expert Peter Henning has said the companies involved in the conspiracy were going to be needed by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office to help prosecute the case and that it's "hard to distinguish" whether the payer of a bribe is also culpable of a crime.God help us.
Yes. GOD help us, as the US justice department would have to set a new standard unseen in the last 5 years; prosecuting itself, and its employer.
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I'm tired of this...time to up the stakes...
Just sent this to the editor of our County rag...
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By JGillman, Section News
Mr. Schuette, if a particular AG was to support rule-of-law, and wish to defend the 'RIGHTS' of Michigan citizens, perhaps this story might tickle that AG's fancy?
If this is a true and factual account, (there is no reason to suspect it is not) then there had best be some heads mounted on the Attorney General's trophy room wall before long. Scotty Boman, former US Senate candidate and current candidate for Detroit City Clerk underwent an assault on his person July 30, and his rights were violated by those who pledge to serve. According to the Michigan Libertarian website:
Campaigning has become dangerous for Detroit City Clerk candidate Scotty Boman. According to Boman, a member of the WCCCD campus police attempted to intimidate him while he was taking pictures of his opponent's (Janice Winfrey) signage at the early voting location at the Northwest Campus of WCCCD on Tuesday July 30th. After he moved to where volunteers for other candidates were handing out literature, he was assaulted by the officer, then thrown to the ground by additional officers as he attempted to hand campaign literature to a passers-by. Boman said he was then held prisoner until a campaign forum, that the officers knew he was scheduled to attend, was nearly over.Ultimately the charge Boman faced was trespassing.
After he was detained in a closet by police.
Trespassing? On publicly owned property?
Hello Bill? ACLU? Is this thing on?
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You are wrong this time.
The bizarro side of the world is wondering what you might be up to, but we have less tolerance for the games. Don't play on their turf, because at some point you will realize all the friends you brought with you are gone. A realization of the truth will make short work of this:
"Consistency and the state constitution demand that Attorney General Bill Schuette fight to protect the pensions of Detroit retirees from being downsized in bankruptcy court. It's Schuette's job to defend state laws, and he can't pick and choose which ones he fights to protect.Of course even the editorialist will figure it out quickly enough.
The Michigan Constitution has many things that need to be enforced, but Article 9 Section 24 cannot be used in this case. The average Joe can tell you that Article I, Section 8, Clause 4 of the US constitution says so.
"Both state legislation and state courts tended to use debtor-creditor laws to redistribute money from out-of-state and urban creditors to rural agricultural interests. Under the Articles of Confederation, the states alone governed debtor-creditor relations, and that led to diverse and contradictory state laws. It was unclear, for instance, whether a state law that purported to discharge a debtor of a debt prohibited the creditor from trying to collect the debt in another state. "Ah, Detroit. Bankruptcy, being one of the (few) enumerated powers of the federal government pretty much throws a bucket of Strohs river water on what might be a flickering candle of hope that Schuette's words are said with any seriousness. In a few years no one will care what he does now anyhow.
The constitution of the US is primary. Federal bankruptcy law which is derived from specific mandates it is absolute under this example.
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