Story about Unaccompanied Alien Children in Florida Shelter is Humorous and Infuriating

This is a story from UPI last week that has been languishing in my posting queue.
It’s a longish story, but worth reading if you want to know more about life (the good life) in a shelter for the “children” who have come across our border illegally and unaccompanied.
 

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Here come the Unaccompanied Alien Children!

 
I’m only going to bring your attention to a couple of points, one that made me laugh, the other that should infuriate you as it did me!

The point that makes me laugh is this! 

The Office of Refugee Resettlement shelter (never mind that they are not refugees!) houses up to 1,600 youths older than 13.  However, in almost every paragraph (there are 53 paragraphs!) in the story the teens are referred to as “children.”  In fact, the word “child” or “children” is used a whopping 63 times (twice in some paragraphs) while the word “teen” or “teenager” is never used, not even once!
Just that one little linguistic trick is meant to direct your thinking so that you imagine hundreds of little children missing mommy and daddy and crying themselves to sleep each night.
And it infuriates me to read that 670 of the “children” are 17 and older and as they age-out at 18, a big hunt begins to find them “sponsors” to take charge of them so that they aren’t turned over to ICE.
Here are the opening paragraphs of the UPI story,

Feb. 13 (UPI) — A month after federal officials removed the last child from a facility in Texas, 1,600 unaccompanied migrant children are being housed at a so-called temporary emergency shelter in Florida.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services invited UPI and other media on Wednesday to tour the facility in Homestead, Fla., which is located in a former Job Corps facility near the Homestead Air Reserve Base. It is used as a shelter for what HHS calls “unaccompanied alien children,” or UAC — migrants between the ages of 13 and 17 who have no lawful immigration status and no legal guardians able to provide care in the United States.
Since March 2018 more than 6,000 children have been placed at the site and about 4,450 have been discharged to what the department considers suitable sponsors — generally a parent or some other relative — in the United States, according to HHS.
At the time of UPI’s visit, 1,575 children were being sheltered at the facility — 1,143 males and 432 females.

Now check this out!  43% of the “children” are between 17 and 18 years old! (Or, they could be older, see my next post!)

The south campus houses 905 children between the ages of 13 and 16, including 634 males and 271 females, while all 17-year-olds at the facility live on the north campus, which houses 509 males and 161 females.

In case you wondered what happens when the “children” turn 18:

Three months before a “child” turns 18, the sponsor hunt begins in earnest.

Children who turn 18 while in custody at a shelter are considered undocumented immigrants and are released to authorities, Weber said.
There were 21 such cases at the Homestead facility last month and 90 in the past year, the Homestead program coordinator said.
A team of case managers at the facility focuses on finding sponsors for children within three months of their 18th birthday and the program coordinator receives daily reports regarding their status in the two weeks before those children turn 18.

Read the whole story, it is worth your time.

question markRemember, YOU are paying for all of this!  And, more are on the way!  You MUST scream at your elected officials—‘Enough is enough!’—and do it at every opportunity!  Today, you might tell the President (again!) by going to the White House comment page and voicing your opinion.

 

Health and Human Service's Fugitives from Justice: all New Americans?

This is a very cool website!
But, it shows what suckers we Americans are!
Below are the Top Ten fugitives from justice at the Office of Inspector General at the Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Some individually ripped-off Medicare and Medicaid to the tune of millions of dollars, collectively the number must exceed a billion.  HHS lists 170 who have escaped justice and are in hiding or have fled the country and returned to their home country.
What do you notice about the top ten?  All are foreigners who were in the US busily setting-up scam operations!

Top ten fugitives
This is a screenshot. Go to the website and click on the links beneath each picture to see what these foreign scammers stole from us and how they did it.  https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/fugitives/

 
I looked up the ‘bios’ for a few of the top ten:
Slepak is in Russia.
Onajobi is in Nigeria.
Moreira is in Spain.
And, Tilong is in Cameroon.

Of course what I most want to know (but we are never told!) is how they got into the US (presumably legally!) in the first place!

I have said this before, but I am convinced someone could build an entire political campaign around finding and bringing to justice frauds, crooks and criminals.
By the way, if you are new to Frauds and Crooks, know that one fun thing to do is to use the language of the Left whenever you can.
One of their favorite phrases for you to co-opt is “new American!”  Watch for it, they (and their media lackeys) use it everywhere in place of the word “immigrant” or “refugee.”
The word “refugee” previously had a positive connotation, but got tainted over the last few years. Gee, I wonder why!
So, they needed new positive-sounding words, thus “new American.”
They never use the word “alien” and they sure don’t want to hear the word “foreigner.”

question markSo what do you do? Use the words “foreigner,” “alien” or “illegal alien” (or “illegal immigrant”) when appropriate and definitely have fun with “new American!”

 
 

Feds Recover $2.5 Billion from Health Care Industry Fraud in 2018

That is just the money recovered in successful health care fraud cases. Imagine how much more goes undetected!
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Here is the news of the Department of Justice’s annual report for 2018 for legal judgements under the federal False Claims Act. (Fascinating! the Act has been around since the Civil War.)
I know this might sound pretty boring, but you need to know about it especially as some of the successes come from “whistleblowers” who are able to make some serious money while unearthing fraud in primarily (in this case) the health care sector.
So, if you work for a doctor or hospital and notice some strange financial transactions, or see something suspicious on your Medicare statements, keep this in mind!
From a report by the law firm Holland & Knight:

In December 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released its annual statistics for its civil False Claims Act (FCA) and fraud cases from the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2018 (fiscal year 2018). The DOJ reports it recovered $2.8 billion in settlements and judgments for Fiscal Year 2018. Of the $2.8 billion recovered in fiscal year 2018, $2.5 billion involved the healthcare industry—the ninth consecutive year that the DOJ’s civil health care fraud settlements and judgments have exceeded $2 billion.
[….]
qui tam suits
….the FCA is used by the U.S. government to combat healthcare fraud and also serves as the primary civil remedy for redressing false claims involving federal government contracts, grants, and federally-funded programs.
FCA cases can originate in one of two ways: (1) actions brought by the DOJ, or (2) actions brought by whistleblowers, known as relators, who are entitled to a portion of any proceeds recovered through settlement or judgment. In the latter actions, called qui tam actions, the case is filed under seal and the DOJ is given a period of time to evaluate the allegations and decide whether to intervene (i.e. take over the case). If DOJ declines to intervene, the relator may proceed with the action and potentially receive a greater cut of the recovery.
[….]
…in the healthcare industry newly brought qui tam cases are down while non-qui tam cases are slightly up.
[….]
The increase in government-initiated healthcare cases may be attributable to enforcement initiatives such as the nationwide Medicare Strike Force Teams. These teams, which are scattered throughout the United States, focus on criminal and civil health care fraud.

Feds are increasing the number of US Attorneys in key hot spots!

 

The trend line for government-initiated FCA actions should increase over the next few years. DOJ recently added a cadre of new affirmative civil enforcement attorneys, whose role will include initiating cases under the FCA. The new Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) are being placed throughout the country—and offices where there is a hotbed of government contracting and healthcare are receiving more than one new AUSA. While most U.S. Attorney’s Offices will receive one additional AUSA for affirmative civil enforcement, DOJ announced that offices such as Colorado, Middle District of Florida, Southern District of Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York, and Eastern District of Virginia, would receive two.

More here.

question markThis got me thinking.  Have you seen any funny money business going on with the US Refugee Admissions Program and the Dept. of Health and Human Services contractors?
If so, think about this avenue to bring attention to possible fraud! You might actually make a few bucks in the process!

Afterthought:  I need to be sure to let new readers know why I write this blog, here is my “welcome” post from January first.

Buffalo, NY Daycare Owner Sentenced to 12 Months for Ripping off US Taxpayers

Just before Christmas the US Justice Department announced that Tariq Butt, 42, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of theft of government funds, was sentenced to serve 12 months in prison and was ordered to pay $305,000 in restitution to the US Department of Health and Human Resources.
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So what did Butt and his wife Halima Mohammed do?
They were the owners of two day care centers with the adorable names of Twinkle Stars Day Care Center and Candyland Daycare, both located in the City of Buffalo.
In only a little over 8 months they scammed us to the tune of $305,000 via a government program known as the Child Care and Development Block Grant program when they submitted “hundreds of false and fraudulent claims” for children who did not attend the daycare.
According to the Urban Institute,

“The Child Care and Development Block Grant is a federal and state program that allows states to help low-income families pay for child care so they can work or attend a job training or educational program.”

And, get this, the program got an additional $5.8 billion from the feds in February 2018.
Gee, and Trump only wants $5 billion to secure our border.
Butts’ wife, Halima Mohammed, was previously convicted and sentenced to five months in prison and three years supervised release, to include five months home detention.
Local news reported the story on December 20th, here and here.
This story and others like it rarely make the national news.

There is no mention of nationality or immigration status of the pair.question mark