Former U.S. Counterintelligence Agent Charged With Espionage on Behalf of Iran

Normally I prefer to not write about stories that are being widely covered by the media, but this one is so awful that I want to make sure all of you see it.

 

wanted by FBI

 

From Voice of America,

A former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence officer who defected to Iran nearly six years ago has been charged with revealing classified military information to the Iranian government and helping Iran target her former co-workers, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

Monica Elfriede Witt, 39, allegedly disclosed the existence of a highly classified military intelligence collection program and the identity of a U.S. intelligence officer to Iranian spy agencies.

A grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday also charged Witt with helping Iranian intelligence services target at least eight U.S. agents who had interacted or worked with her.

An arrest warrant was issued for Witt, who remains at large and is believed to live in Iran.

Four Iranians working on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) also were named in the indictment and face charges of conspiracy, computer intrusions and identity theft in connection with targeting Witt’s former co-workers in 2014 and 2015.

Much more here.

For more details see the US Dept. of Justice press release here.

But, for even more details see Heavy.com.

Witt was born in Texas, converted to Islam and was also a supporter of ‘Occupy Wall Street.’

I realize I don’t have a category here at Frauds, Crooks and Criminals for this story, so I’m making a new one—Betraying Americans (betraying America!).  And, I will tag the story ‘treason.’

Convicted New England Pain Docs had Ties to Egypt

“Mr. Aboshady helped Dr. Mashali operate one of the most dangerous pain management practices in Massachusetts.”

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling

 

This story from The Global Dispatch looks to be directly quoting a Dept. of Justice press release.  The story is much worse than its title,

New England Pain Management Physician Sentenced to Prison for False Billing Scheme

A physician at the now-defunct New England Pain Management Associates Inc. was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for conspiring to falsify patient medical records in order to obtain payments from Medicare and commercial insurers for medical services that were not performed.

New England pain doc
Dr. Fathalla Mashali

Moustafa Moataz Ibrahim Aboshady, 36, of Lake Forest, Calif., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 75 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,852,459. In September 2018, a federal jury convicted Aboshady of one count of conspiracy to make false statements in connection with health care benefit programs and two counts of making false statements in connection with health care benefit programs.

In March 2018, co-conspirator Dr. Fathalla Mashali was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to 27 counts of health care fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and 16 counts of money laundering.

“Mr. Aboshady helped Dr. Mashali operate one of the most dangerous pain management practices in Massachusetts,” said United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “Dr. Mashali routinely dispensed large quantities of powerful narcotics to addicted patients.

Mr. Aboshady assisted Dr. Mashali’s illegal behavior by using his training as a doctor to fabricate patient records, with the goal of duping Medicare and other insurers into paying Dr. Mashali for his fraudulent conduct. Moreover, Aboshady later lied about Mashali’s medical practices to regulatory authorities.”

“Dr. Aboshady engaged in unlawful, unethical, and unprofessional conduct. He used the Medicare system as his own personal ATM, cheating taxpayers and private insurance companies out of thousands of dollars by billing them for medical services that were never performed. The FBI is committed to protecting government and private health care programs and stopping those who steal from them,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division.

[….]

Aboshady conspired with Mashali, other members of NEPA (New England Pain Management Associates), and members of a satellite office in Cairo, Egypt, to falsify medical records and urine drug test results to support claims for payment to Medicare and insurers for services that Mashali did not render.

 

Continue here for more of the gory details of the fraud this pair was perpetrating on US taxpayers, and for the harm they were bringing to their drug addicted patients.

The photo (above) is from a very cool website I just discovered called The Bad Doctor Database, see it here.  Dr. Mashali appeared for his trial in that ‘get-up’ in the photo on the right.  My first thought was that it was a ploy to gain sympathy of the court.  Although not charged for any deaths, when you read about Mashali you learn that eight of his patients died of opioid over doses.

question markWhat are you going to do?  Check out your doctors very carefully especially if they are of the ‘new American’ variety! And, keep a watchful eye on loved ones who you suspect of being over-medicated and risk addiction!  Knocking off infidels while getting rich is a pretty sweet deal for creeps like these.

 

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation goes Largely Unnoticed

Did you know that February 6th was the ninth annual United Nations day of zero tolerance for the vile practice of female genital mutilation (sometimes referred to as cutting) perpetrated on girls and women worldwide, including in the US?

ICE and the Department of Justice released a press statement recognizing the day.  Of course the UN wrote about it, as did NPR, but I was surprised the day passed otherwise unnoticed by the mainstream US media.

When diversity is ugly!

ICE, DOJ recognize International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

WASHINGTON, D.C. — February 6 marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the FBI, and the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, all members of the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center (HRVWCC), join U.S. and foreign government partners, non-governmental organizations, and local communities to call for the eradication of the practice.

FGM tool
NPR used this image to illustrate its story. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/02/06/691950128/the-2019-report-card-for-the-fight-to-end-female-genital-mutilation

Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a federal crime, and any involvement in committing this crime is a serious human rights violation which may result in imprisonment and potential removal from the United States. Individuals suspected of FGM/C, including sending girls overseas to be cut, may be investigated by the HRVWCC and prosecuted accordingly.

The elimination of FGM/C has broad implications for the health and human rights of women and girls, as well as societies at large. This day serves as an opportunity to reflect on victims who have suffered from female genital mutilation/cutting, including many women and girls who have died or suffered lifelong health complications from the practice. The day also renews a global commitment to the health and well-being of all women, girls and communities by eliminating the practice.

[…]

“The FBI is committed to investigating human rights violations, including female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM),” said unit chief Maureen Schutz of the FBI’s Criminal Division. “We continue to work with our partners at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to protect the rights of young women and children and to bring justice to those who have violated them.”

FGM/C prevalence is primarily concentrated in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, but also occurs in parts of Western Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. It is global in scope and found in multiple geographies, religions, and socioeconomic classes. [The practice has been associated with certain ethnic groups from especially Africa, Somali being one such country.—ed]

Anyone who has information about an individual who is suspected of assisting in this crime is urged to call the toll-free ICE tip line at (866) 347-2423 or complete the ICE online tip form or the FBI online tip form. All are staffed around the clock, and tips may be provided anonymously.

More here.

You don’t see enough coverage of stories like this because I believe that the Lefties running most of our media simply can’t bring themselves to recognize that diversity is not always beautiful and can often bring practices that are violent and culturally abhorrent to the West.

They want us to focus on images like African refugee children frolicking in their first snow as one social media video that went viral recently promoted.

question markAre you in an ethnic community in the US where you hear some whispering about FGM? If so use the tip line and let the feds investigate.
And, mark your calendar for next year and send an op-ed to your local paper as the day approaches!

 

 

York, PA: Wealthy Muslim Found Guilty of Medicaid/Food Stamp Fraud

medicaid fraudThe latest news in the case of 68-year-old Nagy Mohamed Abdelhamed ripping off the taxpayers of Pennsylvania and the US is here at the York Dispatch.

But as is so often the case with these crooks, in order to illustrate the news the media must use graphics and stock images like the one I’m using because there is NO PHOTO of the perp to be found!

York man guilty, defrauded feds of about $30K in Medicaid benefits

A York-area man scammed the U.S. government by fraudulently accepting nearly $30,000 in Medicaid and food stamps despite owning a gas station and having some $86,000 tucked away in eight bank accounts, according to federal officials.

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This made me laugh! Creeping Sharia tells Abdelhamed’s story and illustrates it with this image!  https://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2019/01/02/muslim-medicaid-fraud/

Nagy Mohamed Abdelhamed, 68, no street address provided, pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 5, to felony health-care fraud in Harrisburg’s federal court, according to court records.

[….]

In August 2014 Abdelhamed applied for Medicaid as well as food stamps, which are now called Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

He didn’t disclose in the application the fact that he owned a four-bedroom home, a York-area gas station and a 2008 Mercedes Benz E350, his federal indictment states.

On disability too: He also was already receiving $1,124 a month in Social Security disability benefits and, at the time, had about $56,000 in eight separate bank accounts, according to the indictment.

In his Medicaid/SNAP application, he lied and said he had no monthly income and owned no property besides his home, the indictment states. He also failed to disclose the money in his bank accounts or his Mercedes, officials said.

More here.

The Justice Department’s press release is here.

question markWhat should you do? Every time you see a story in a local publication or on the local news that does not show a photo (or mention the nationality) of the perp, contact the news desk and ask why there is no photo and what is his/her immigration status.  I know it’s unlikely they will produce one (or have any clue where the ‘new American’ is from), but it sends a signal that you notice their little tricks.

 

“Birth Tourism” Arrests Beg the Question: Why did Feds Wait So Long?

birth tourism
New American anchor babies here we come!

You might have seen the news about the big federal bust of a Chinese fraud ring responsible for bringing in pregnant Chinese women to give birth so that their babies would have US citizenship, but why is this the first big bust?

This scam on America has been going on probably for decades. I’ve been hearing about it for more then ten years!

I repeat: Why did the US government permit this to go on so long? (long enough for the perps to become millionaires!).

 

Here is the Fox News story, but for more of the disgusting details see the Department of Justice press release, here.

19 charged in Chinese ‘birth tourism’ crackdown: US prosecutors

Federal authorities charged 19 people on Thursday in the first crackdown on birth tourism businesses, which prosecutors say bring hundreds of pregnant women from China to the United States.

Among the arrested were Dongyuan Li, 41, whose business was called “You Win USA,” which coached pregnant Chinese women on how to get into the United States to deliver babies. Those infants would then enjoy all the benefits of American citizenship. Over two years, she raked in millions through her business, where mothers-to-be paid between $40,000 and $80,000 each to come to California, stay in an upscale apartment and give birth, authorities said.

Jing Dong, 42, and Michael Wei Yueh Liu, 53, who allegedly operated “USA Happy Baby,” also were arrested.

More than a dozen others, including the operator of another such business, also face charges but are believed to have returned to China, said the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.

“America’s way of life is not for sale,” said Joseph Macias, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations Los Angeles, in a statement to Fox News.

Homeland Security “will aggressively target those who would make a mockery of our laws and our values to benefit and enrich themselves.”

[….]

While it isn’t illegal to visit the United States while pregnant, authorities said the businesses — which were raided by federal agents in 2015 — touted the benefits of having U.S. citizen babies, who could get free public education and years later help their parents immigrate.

More here.

Chinese baby

Be sure to see the DOJ press release with more gory details.

Note that many of those whose indictments are now unsealed have left the country.

Here is one paragraph that you need to see which tells you that our Justice Department took a helluva long time to go after these Chinese crooks.

You Win USA!

The federal investigation into Dongyuan Li’s You Win USA scheme has resulted in seizure and/or forfeiture proceedings against three real properties with millions of dollars in equity, including her $2.1 million residence in Irvine; six vehicles, including four Mercedes Benz vehicles; more than $1 million from bank accounts; and many gold bars and coins.

By the way, China is not the only country sending its nationals to the US for this scam, I see that the Russians are doing it as well.  And, I am sure those two countries are not alone in taking advantage of us.

question markWhat should you do?
Spread this news as far and wide as you can, don’t allow it to be a flash-in-the-pan national story!
Thinking about running for political office? You could and should build your whole campaign around fighting fraud!  It would be a winner!

Trial Begins February 11th in Largest Medicare Fraud Bust in US

The case involves American crooks, nursing homes, doctors, hospital workers, and over a billion in lost taxpayer dollars.

Editor: One of my readers is urging me to write something about American frauds, crooks and criminals so I’ve picked this news about a case the federal government says is its largest bust (so far). (Incidentally, the charity fraud posts like the one I wrote about yesterday are about Americans too!)

Today’s story is about former ‘one-percenter’ Philip Esformes and his father Rabbi Morris Esformes and their nursing home empire.

From the Miami Herald on Tuesday,

Once among the ‘1 percent,’ executive faces $1 billion Medicare fraud trial

 

Not long ago, Miami Beach executive Philip Esformes was living quite comfortably among America’s “1 percent,” raking in millions from his healthcare business, gobbling up pricey real estate and darting around the country in chartered jets.

Philip Esformes
Philip Esformes has been held behind bars since his arrest in July 2016.

Then, in a flash, his luxurious lifestyle went poof: FBI agents arrested Esformes in July 2016 and he suddenly became the poster boy for the biggest Medicare fraud case in the country. He was charged with bilking $1 billion out of the federal healthcare program for the elderly and disabled, while his vast business assets and bank accounts were frozen. Worse, Esformes, 50, was ordered held without bail at the Federal Detention Center in Miami.

Esformes was back in court Monday for one final hearing before he goes to trial by himself on Feb. 11. Once always tan and fit, he looked wan and frail as his defense team tried in vain to delay the start of trial. They sought more time to review the Justice Department’s long list of patients who prosecutors say received no services or medically unnecessary treatment at Esformes’ Miami-Dade chain of skilled-nursing and assisted-living facilities.

[….]

Esformes is standing trial alone because all of his co-conspirators have already pleaded guilty, including a physician’s assistant, Arnaldo Carmouze, and a former Larkin Community Hospital outpatient director, Odette Barcha. In January, both admitted that they recycled Medicare patients through the hospital and Esformes’ network of nursing homes and ALFs in an elaborate bribery scheme that prosecutors say was orchestrated by the healthcare executive.

Carmouze, 59, pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud Medicare by accepting bribes for making patient referrals to Larkin and Esformes’ healthcare facilities. Barcha, 52, pleaded guilty to conspiring to pay bribes to physicians to refer patients to Larkin and receiving kickbacks herself to move patients into Esformes’ facilities.

Read the story, the list of charges is stunning, including this one:

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See a timeline of more than two decades of scams involving Philip and his father Rabbi Morris Esformes here: https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-esformes-timeline-met-20161002-story.html

Esformes is also accused of referring his own network of patients to convicted healthcare-fraud offenders, including Guillermo and Gabriel Delgado, who are serving prison time. The brothers admitted swindling Medicare for mental-health, prescription-drug, and home-healthcare services, and they ultimately helped federal investigators target the Miami Beach executive.

According to the indictment, the brothers paid some kickbacks for the patients by disguising them as payments for escort services for Esformes as well as related travel and hotel expenses.

Esformes was also charged with obstructing justice because prosecutors say he plotted in 2015 with the Delgado brothers to help one of them leave Miami for Israel to avoid trial.

More here.

For those interested in more on the cheaters, see this local news story from 2016 about divorce court proceedings where Philip’s ex-wife said he believed that “money is king.”

Accused wealthy fraudster’s alleged parenting style: ‘Money is king’

The federal Medicare Fraud Strike Force was involved in the extensive investigation.

question markAre you keeping tabs of loved ones in nursing homes? Are they receiving treatment they don’t need while the facility bills Medicare? Or are they perhaps keeping a rehab patient longer than is necessary simply to milk the system, a system that is predicted to be insolvent by 2026?

Imagine “Medicare for all” that the Dems continue to clamor for!

 

Michigan: Feds Bust “pay to stay” Foreign Student Immigration Fraud Network

This story should warm your heart—we are nabbing at least some of the cheaters!

This time it was by setting a trap for them with the creation of a fake university with all the trappings of a real college.

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The feds fake University of Farmington was located in this building says the Detroit News

Thanks to the Detroit News for another juicy story.

Feds used fake Michigan university in immigration sting

Federal agents used a fake university in Farmington Hills to lure alleged phony foreign students who were trying to stay in the United States illegally.

The University of Farmington had no staff, no instructors, no curriculum and no classes but was utilized by undercover Homeland Security agents to identify people involved in immigration fraud, according to federal grand jury indictments unsealed Wednesday.

Eight student recruiters were charged with participating in a conspiracy to help at least 600 foreign citizens stay in the U.S. illegally, according to the indictments, which describe a novel investigation that dates to 2015 but intensified one month into President Donald Trump’s tenure as part of a broader crackdown on illegal immigration.

Simultaneously Wednesday, federal agents arrested dozens of University of Farmington students in a nationwide sweep. The students were arrested on immigration violations and face possible deportation, according to a spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Most of the recruiters and students involved are originally from India, according to prosecutors.

“It’s creative and it’s not entrapment,” said Peter Henning, a Wayne State University law professor and former federal prosecutor. “The government can put out the bait, but it’s up to the defendants to fall for it.”

Those charged include:

• Bharath Kakireddy, 29, of Lake Mary, Florida.
• Aswanth Nune, 26, of Atlanta.
• Suresh Reddy Kandala, 31, of Culpeper, Virginia.
• Phanideep Karnati, 35, of Louisville, Kentucky.
• Prem Kumar Rampeesa, 26, of Charlotte, North Carolina.
• Santosh Reddy Sama, 28, of Fremont, California.
• Avinash Thakkallapally, 28, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
• Naveen Prathipati, 29, of Dallas.

[….]

“… the university was being used by foreign citizens as a ‘pay to stay’ scheme which allowed these individuals to stay in the United States as a result of of foreign citizens falsely asserting that they were enrolled as full-time students in an approved educational program and that they were making normal progress toward completion of the course of study,” the indictment reads.

More here.  Please go read it and send traffic to the story because the reporter, Robert Snell, has been doing great work on fraud cases.

question markAre you thinking about this?  As we focus virtually all mainstream media coverage on the crisis at our southern border (yes, it is important), the national media is keeping us in the dark about some huge stories involving illegal immigrants (and legal ones !) who are ripping us off through fraud and other criminal activity that we must suffer and pay for.