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Good idea, Mary.

That entire business about confiscating belongings to prevent patients from leaving, the drug testing and the health care fraud were oh so familiar.  >:(

I would also like to commend these guys for going after the scamsters.

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Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Greater Palm Beach Health Care Fraud Task Force. Agencies of the task force include the FBI, IRS-CI, the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office Sober Homes Task Force, Florida Division of Investigative and Forensic Services, Martin County Sheriff's Office, Amtrak OIG, DOL-OIG, DOL-EBSA, National Insurance Crime Bureau, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, West Palm Beach Police Department, Delray Beach Police Department, Florida Attorney General Office of Statewide Prosecution, and OPM-OIG. The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney A. Marie Villafaña.
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I've been meaning to post this:

Four Defendants Plead Guilty in Multi-Million Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme Involving Sober Homes and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Centers - DOJ, Southern District of Florida

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Four defendants including two sober home owners, the clinical director of a substance abuse treatment center, and a sales representative for multiple laboratories pled guilty last week for their participation in a health care fraud and money laundering scheme that involved the filing of fraudulent insurance claim forms and defrauded health care benefit programs.

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To obtain residents for the sober homes, members of the conspiracy provided kickbacks and bribes, in the form of free or reduced rent and other benefits, to individuals with insurance who agreed to reside at the sober homes, attend drug treatment, and submit to regular drug testing that members of the conspiracy could bill to the residents’ insurance plans. Although the sober homes were purportedly drug-free residences, Chatman, Davis, and Bonds permitted the residents to continue using drugs as long as they attended treatment and submitted to drug testing.

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Defendants Kenneth Chatman and Davis engaged in various tactics to keep patients from being able to leave Reflections and Journey, including threatening violence, and confiscating their belongings, such as car keys, telephones, medications, and food stamps, in order to maintain the ability to continue fraudulently billing their insurance companies.

Defendant Kenneth Chatman also recruited and coerced female patients and residents into prostitution, telling them that they would not have to pay rent or participate in treatment or testing so long as they would allow him to continue to bill their insurance companies for substance abuse treatment and testing that the patients did not receive.

more at https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl/pr/four-defendants-plead-guilty-multi-million-health-care-fraud-and-money-laundering

Oh my!! Good to know someone is paying attention and doing something about these kind of scams.

In reading the Justice Dept's press release , it seems like the title it doesn't give a full picture on what was going on and how many have been charged with crimes!  More than 4 people, including the physician medical director ( who pled guilty )

I am adding this from the release, in case someone visiting RFTTP happens to have been victimized or knows of a victim of these programs or sober living homes and the people who ran them:
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Potential victims should call (561) 822-5114 or submit complaints through the IC3 Complaint Form - https://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx and use the key word “Chatman Reflections” in the “Description of the Incident” field when submitting complaints related to this case.
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I've been meaning to post this:

Four Defendants Plead Guilty in Multi-Million Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme Involving Sober Homes and Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Centers - DOJ, Southern District of Florida

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Four defendants including two sober home owners, the clinical director of a substance abuse treatment center, and a sales representative for multiple laboratories pled guilty last week for their participation in a health care fraud and money laundering scheme that involved the filing of fraudulent insurance claim forms and defrauded health care benefit programs.

...
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To obtain residents for the sober homes, members of the conspiracy provided kickbacks and bribes, in the form of free or reduced rent and other benefits, to individuals with insurance who agreed to reside at the sober homes, attend drug treatment, and submit to regular drug testing that members of the conspiracy could bill to the residents’ insurance plans. Although the sober homes were purportedly drug-free residences, Chatman, Davis, and Bonds permitted the residents to continue using drugs as long as they attended treatment and submitted to drug testing.

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Defendants Kenneth Chatman and Davis engaged in various tactics to keep patients from being able to leave Reflections and Journey, including threatening violence, and confiscating their belongings, such as car keys, telephones, medications, and food stamps, in order to maintain the ability to continue fraudulently billing their insurance companies.

Defendant Kenneth Chatman also recruited and coerced female patients and residents into prostitution, telling them that they would not have to pay rent or participate in treatment or testing so long as they would allow him to continue to bill their insurance companies for substance abuse treatment and testing that the patients did not receive.

more at https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl/pr/four-defendants-plead-guilty-multi-million-health-care-fraud-and-money-laundering
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I have a new level of disgust. Ugh!
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Hi again and thank you for your patience.

1- I know the pages have not been removed at Google Search. I appreciate what you have done there! I also understand about the relationship, or lack of, between Google and Lumen. I am only concerned that Lumen still has that fake court order up there. Being up there gives it a sort of false credence.

2- I'm not concerned about the Google ranking.  I'm not even concerned that the urls are up at Lumen database

3- It would be great to have the whole report removed. But in lieu of that, at least having the court order, and transcript excerpt of it on that page, removed would be greatly appreciated. By it being there, Per Wickstrom could possibly use link & document to try and get other sites ( especially review websites where a RFTTP url may be linked ) to remove content that refers to the urls there. Its a ludicrous fake court order injunction but could be believable to a site owner who would remove the content just because he/she does not want to have trouble. We have seen this before.

4- I am not sure exactly at this point, so let me think about it.

Not sure if this is an area where web activism would be interested in helping but as a FYI:

One of the big issues we and the public have encountered are what we call fake rehab referral sites. These sites are set up to procure people to send to Narconon and related programs without identifying that they are run by Narconon or Per Wickstrom. They pretend to be an independent referral resource, connecting the victims up with a sales person who then sells them the program, often without the person knowing what program they are really buying. These  sites are in fact run by staff of Scientology based programs or by commissioned Field Staff Members, as they are called, who earn a % of the sale and who only refer only to Narconon programs unless they have no other choice but to send elsewhere ( usually for lack of money to pay for the expensive programs).

The video in this article shows how Per Wickstrom's salesmen pretend and then mock a poor woman looking for help.
http://narcononreviews.net/narconon/insurance-coverage-collection-issues/
 
And this article on sales scripts leaked to me some years back can give you an idea of the shenanigans we deal with.

LEAKED: Scripts Spell Out How Scientology Directs the Unsuspecting to its Rehab network
http://tonyortega.org/2013/03/11/leaked-scripts-spell-out-how-scientology-directs-the-unsuspecting-to-its-rehab-network/

Here are all 10 of scripts leaked to me
https://www.scribd.com/collections/4145377/Narconon-Leaked-Sales-Documents

Unfortunately, most people fail to recall what website they went to at first. I and others, however, try to track it down... we keep running lists of these things.. and not when possble the url in lawsuit and other complaint pages on Narconon Reviews. There are hundreds of fake rehab referral websites run or managed to refer to Narconon & Per Wickstrom's unbranded Narconon programs on the internet. The name Narconon will not be found on any of them, a deceptive trade practice in itself, in addition to the telephone fraud the occurs subsequent to a site contact.

In recent times, we are now finding intervention sites that only refer to these programs. The 'interventionist' is often a former staff member or a graduate of the program. The sites do not say they are exclusive to Narconon programs but they are.

We are are not organized well on keeping up with them all as they come about but I try. This may not have anything to do with your group mission but I just thought I would mention this... I will think about your offer... and get back to you. PS: you should be hearing from someone by email soon regarding possibly taking over the website :)

Have a great week!
Mary

Hi Mary,

1- The documents still showing at Lumendatabase, and publicly discredited, is actually a good thing. It does more good to this website than harm. However, if you want us to remove it, I'll ask the team to take it down immediately.

2- Copy that. I'll ensure that it is removed.

3- Copy that.

4- Okay


Why don't you start a Naming and Shaming campaign ? I know it sounds easier than it actually is, but we've seen that a public naming-and-shaming campaign gets noticed more than a few op-eds. There are a few projects and campaigns we've participated in, and that experience and tech can come in quite handy in your mission.  Can we take this to private messaging instead of discussing this on the thread ?
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Thank you, Miss Fortune! Yup, Per's gone Gangsta
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Hi Mary,

Let me explain -

1- The pages at Narcononreviews.net and Reachingforthetippingpoint.net have NOT been removed because Google rejected the alleged fake court order after we pointed it to them. Hence you do not see any URL removed. If you type it in Google search, the URLs show up on its results.

Lumendatabase is not owned by Google. It is a privately managed database and does not show the internal legal updates. So there is no need to be concerned at all.

2- If the URLs at narcononreviews.net and reachingforthetipingpoint.net ranks have gone down recently, it is because of Google Search Updates. It is an SEO problem and not entirely any manual (legal) action by Google. I strongly suggest updating wordpress @ narcononreviews.net , migrating to a different forum software (xenforo) for reachingforthetippingpoint.net and adding SSL certs to both sites.

3- We can contact our friends at LumenDatabase and ask them to remove the transparency report if you want. Plz let us know.

4- How can we help your fight against Scientology/Narconon ?

Hi again and thank you for your patience.

1- I know the pages have not been removed at Google Search. I appreciate what you have done there! I also understand about the relationship, or lack of, between Google and Lumen. I am only concerned that Lumen still has that fake court order up there. Being up there gives it a sort of false credence.

2- I'm not concerned about the Google ranking.  I'm not even concerned that the urls are up at Lumen database

3- It would be great to have the whole report removed. But in lieu of that, at least having the court order, and transcript excerpt of it on that page, removed would be greatly appreciated. By it being there, Per Wickstrom could possibly use link & document to try and get other sites ( especially review websites where a RFTTP url may be linked ) to remove content that refers to the urls there. Its a ludicrous fake court order injunction but could be believable to a site owner who would remove the content just because he/she does not want to have trouble. We have seen this before.

4- I am not sure exactly at this point, so let me think about it.

Not sure if this is an area where web activism would be interested in helping but as a FYI:

One of the big issues we and the public have encountered are what we call fake rehab referral sites. These sites are set up to procure people to send to Narconon and related programs without identifying that they are run by Narconon or Per Wickstrom. They pretend to be an independent referral resource, connecting the victims up with a sales person who then sells them the program, often without the person knowing what program they are really buying. These  sites are in fact run by staff of Scientology based programs or by commissioned Field Staff Members, as they are called, who earn a % of the sale and who only refer only to Narconon programs unless they have no other choice but to send elsewhere ( usually for lack of money to pay for the expensive programs).

The video in this article shows how Per Wickstrom's salesmen pretend and then mock a poor woman looking for help.
http://narcononreviews.net/narconon/insurance-coverage-collection-issues/
 
And this article on sales scripts leaked to me some years back can give you an idea of the shenanigans we deal with.

LEAKED: Scripts Spell Out How Scientology Directs the Unsuspecting to its Rehab network
http://tonyortega.org/2013/03/11/leaked-scripts-spell-out-how-scientology-directs-the-unsuspecting-to-its-rehab-network/

Here are all 10 of scripts leaked to me
https://www.scribd.com/collections/4145377/Narconon-Leaked-Sales-Documents

Unfortunately, most people fail to recall what website they went to at first. I and others, however, try to track it down... we keep running lists of these things.. and not when possble the url in lawsuit and other complaint pages on Narconon Reviews. There are hundreds of fake rehab referral websites run or managed to refer to Narconon & Per Wickstrom's unbranded Narconon programs on the internet. The name Narconon will not be found on any of them, a deceptive trade practice in itself, in addition to the telephone fraud the occurs subsequent to a site contact.

In recent times, we are now finding intervention sites that only refer to these programs. The 'interventionist' is often a former staff member or a graduate of the program. The sites do not say they are exclusive to Narconon programs but they are.

We are are not organized well on keeping up with them all as they come about but I try. This may not have anything to do with your group mission but I just thought I would mention this... I will think about your offer... and get back to you. PS: you should be hearing from someone by email soon regarding possibly taking over the website :)

Have a great week!
Mary
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http://glisteningquiveringunderbelly.blogspot.com/2017/03/homes-boy-national-cherry-festival.html

A gated waterfront estate in Safety Harbor, Florida that hit the market last October was snapped up this past January by Michigan's Per Wickstrom for $6.9 million, making it the most expensive home in Pinellas County.

Also interesting is the fact Wickstrom's plush Florida pad is managed by his newly-formed Michigan LLC, Truman Management Company, LLC. Truman is the trustee of  “The GMEN Revocable Trust”, and the home's owner. Additionally, Wickstrom recently changed the ownership on both a Torch Lake, Michigan home and a Pennfield Township home to “The GMEN Revocable Trust”.
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Hi webactivism, sorry for the lag in response. This is terrific news. Do you know what the annual fees for domain & privacy are for renewal on it? I may have someone....

FYI, all the DMCA & fake court order stuff I wrote about earlier and we discussed here are back up at Lumendatabase.org with no notation of being 'under review' as of last mention here. Is there anything I can do to get them removed?




This is wonderful news all around! On the 'no renewal fees' for taking over the site; and on the cooperation and subsequent change in urls by Ed Magedson at Rip Off Report so that the previously falsely DMCA'd Rip Off Report pages can be found on Google Search again.  That was a very smart suggestion!

However, will this page of Narconon Reviews and Reaching For The Tipping Point urls and it's attached fake court order ever be removed from Lumen Database? The urls are Google searchable but the page at Lumen gives legitimacy that the fake court order injunction is real. 
https://lumendatabase.org/notices/12987034#

It was previously mentioned here
http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,13005.msg37075.html#msg37075

Is there any way to get Google to tell Lumen Database to remove it? Lumen says Google has to inform them.

You have been much help to us here and to the many victims of these programs by helping get their complaints back into Google search. I love what you and your fellow anons are doing at WebActivism. I'm in the process of getting ready to post on Narconon Reviews about some new lawsuit complaints we have received, and writing articles about them. I will include a mention about your group's efforts in helping us keep the information available to the public when they search for information.

I will email you after the weekend regarding the site offering.

Cheers back to you, too!

Hi Mary,

Let me explain -

1- The pages at Narcononreviews.net and Reachingforthetippingpoint.net have NOT been removed because Google rejected the alleged fake court order after we pointed it to them. Hence you do not see any URL removed. If you type it in Google search, the URLs show up on its results.

Lumendatabase is not owned by Google. It is a privately managed database and does not show the internal legal updates. So there is no need to be concerned at all.

2- If the URLs at narcononreviews.net and reachingforthetipingpoint.net ranks have gone down recently, it is because of Google Search Updates. It is an SEO problem and not entirely any manual (legal) action by Google. I strongly suggest updating wordpress @ narcononreviews.net , migrating to a different forum software (xenforo) for reachingforthetippingpoint.net and adding SSL certs to both sites.

3- We can contact our friends at LumenDatabase and ask them to remove the transparency report if you want. Plz let us know.

4- How can we help your fight against Scientology/Narconon ?
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Hi webactivism, sorry for the lag in response. This is terrific news. Do you know what the annual fees for domain & privacy are for renewal on it? I may have someone....

FYI, all the DMCA & fake court order stuff I wrote about earlier and we discussed here are back up at Lumendatabase.org with no notation of being 'under review' as of last mention here. Is there anything I can do to get them removed?


There's no fee involved at all. The domain and hosting is provided by webactivism for no charges. We are reimbursed by nearly a dozen free-speech hosting services and orgs :) http://www.webactivism.com/solutions/ . The website (domain and lifetime hosting) is yours if you want it.

All the fake DMCAs and Court Orders have been reviewed ans rejected already. We worked wiht Eugene Volokh and Paul Alan Levy to ensure that none of the fraudulent DMCAs were accepted. The few that slipped through were for RipoffReport.com which we worked around with the website owner http://www.webactivism.com/ripoff-report-wipes-google-removals-stroke-of-genius/ .

Cheers !

This is wonderful news all around! On the 'no renewal fees' for taking over the site; and on the cooperation and subsequent change in urls by Ed Magedson at Rip Off Report so that the previously falsely DMCA'd Rip Off Report pages can be found on Google Search again.  That was a very smart suggestion!

However, will this page of Narconon Reviews and Reaching For The Tipping Point urls and it's attached fake court order ever be removed from Lumen Database? The urls are Google searchable but the page at Lumen gives legitimacy that the fake court order injunction is real. 
https://lumendatabase.org/notices/12987034#

It was previously mentioned here
http://forum.reachingforthetippingpoint.net/index.php/topic,13005.msg37075.html#msg37075

Is there any way to get Google to tell Lumen Database to remove it? Lumen says Google has to inform them.

You have been much help to us here and to the many victims of these programs by helping get their complaints back into Google search. I love what you and your fellow anons are doing at WebActivism. I'm in the process of getting ready to post on Narconon Reviews about some new lawsuit complaints we have received, and writing articles about them. I will include a mention about your group's efforts in helping us keep the information available to the public when they search for information.

I will email you after the weekend regarding the site offering.

Cheers back to you, too!

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