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Caregiver and his employer charged with Medicaid fraud

first_imgA joint investigation by the Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, has resulted in a caregiver and his employer being charged with billing Vermont Medicaid for services that were never provided. Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Donald Crawford, age 48, of Bellows Falls, Vermont, and Jessica Kingsbury, 33, were each arraigned on September 28, 2010, in Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, Windsor County, on one felony count of Medicaid Fraud.According to papers filed in court, Mr. Crawford is accused of invoicing ARIS Solutions, the agency that processes timesheets for Vermont Medicaid waiver services, for services that were not provided, resulting in payment to him in an amount of $14,769.04 from the Vermont Medicaid Program. Ms. Kingsbury is accused of aiding and abetting Mr. Crawford in the filing of the fraudulent invoicing. Both parties each face a potential fine of up to $1,000.00 or an amount equal to twice the amount of payments obtained, or up to ten years in prison, or both. The court imposed standard conditions of release that govern the parties’ conduct while their cases are pending.Source: Attorney General, September 29, 2010last_img read more

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Vineyard Wind Wins Offshore Connecticut

first_imgThe Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has selected Vineyard Wind to advance to contract negotiations for its 804MW Park City Wind project as part of the state’s Request for Proposals (RFP).The Park City Wind project will now enter into contract negotiations with the state’s two electric utilities, The United Illuminating Company and Eversource Energy, for a contract with a 20-year term.The resulting contracts will be subject to review and approval by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA).According to DEEP, Park City Wind is offered at a price lower than any other publicly announced offshore wind project in North America.It also includes an estimated USD 890 million in direct economic development, including Bridgeport Harbor and the local supply chain. Vineyard Wind estimates 2,800 direct full-time employment years will be created in Connecticut through the project.The selection of the project, which will provide the equivalent of 14% of the state’s electricity supply, is said to represent the largest purchase of renewable energy in Connecticut’s history.“Vineyard Wind is proud that our Park City Wind proposal was selected in this competitive process and we are excited to work with Governor Lamont and DEEP to deliver jobs and economic development opportunities to the Bridgeport region and meaningful reductions in harmful carbon emissions,” said Lars Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind.“We look forward to building on the work already underway with a network of project partners, local officials, the maritime community, other developers, and all stakeholders involved to make Connecticut a hub for the offshore wind industry in the United States for decades to come.”To remind, DEEP launched the RFP for up to 2,000MW of offshore wind power in August, which represents the U.S. state’s first solicitation dedicated specifically to offshore wind development.Vineyard Wind revealed shortly after that it had submitted a proposal that comprises a set of bids, including a required 400MW plan and options to develop projects that will generate 800MW, 1,000MW and 1,200MW of offshore wind capacity.The joint venture of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid Renewables proposes to construct the project in one of its two federally designated lease areas located south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket on the east coast.last_img read more

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Censor pushes for govt to consider more regulation of online porn

first_imgStuff co.nz 22 January 2016The deputy chief censor wants the Government to put more options on the table for regulating online pornography.In an article for the censor’s website, deputy chief censor Jarred Mullen detailed the harm that increasingly extreme pornography that can cause, and outlined some possible steps towards regulating it.These steps could include an ISP level ban, where pornography viewers have to “opt in” to viewing pornographic content, similar to that of the United Kingdom’s.The call comes as the pornography world is still reeling after high profile male star James Deen was accused of raping several female costars.“Given New Zealand’s acknowledged problems with sexual and family violence and the demonstrated harm caused by pornography that degrades, dehumanises and demeans people (particularly women), the choice for Government and regulators, must be about how far we are willing to intervene — rather than whether we are prepared to intervene at all,” he wrote.http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/76165875/Censor-pushes-for-government-to-consider-more-regulation-of-online-porn?cid=app-iPhoneKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Varoufakis advises Turnbull on debt

first_imgYanis Varoufakis, Greece’s much maligned/celebrated/misunderstood/visionary former finance minister (delete as appropriate), offered his thoughts on the priorities for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this week, as the Coalition embarks on its leadership of Australia’s 45th parliament.Speaking to the ABC, the globe-trotting Varoufakis, who spent the 1990s teaching economics at the University of Sydney, said Mr Turnbull needed to “overcome the fixation with public debt [and] concentrate on the real issue: private debt that has gone beyond the pale”.The ex-SYRIZA minister said private debt was “maintaining a bubble and the deception and the illusion of ‘the lucky country’”.Mr Varoufakis urged Mr Turnbull to “concentrate on how to start making things again, instead of shuffling things around while private debt is exploding”.Turning his attention to Australia’s immigration policy, Varoufakis said that the new Coalition government had a duty to review and reform its asylum seekers policy.“Australia in the 1990s led the world into misanthropy regarding refugees. The ‘Australian solution’ has now been transplanted to my neck of the woods in Europe,” he said. “Maybe Australia could start a renaissance in this realm by altering its attitude to refugees. I’m hoping the tail will wag the dog once more, but this time in a beneficial manner.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more