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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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TEACHER QUITS OVER SEX VIDEO

first_imgBut the letter did not indicate theteacher was remorseful, he said. The resignation was “effective immediately.” From what he had gathered, the teachergot the video (“A Girl’s Guide to 21st Century Sex 2018”) from popular videosharing internet application YouTube./PN Bermejo said DepEd has an accessibleportal for teaching materials related to sex education. Showing thevideo to minors was “a form of abuse,”said SB member Briones. The Iloilo schools division mayconduct a teachers’ seminar on this concern, said Bermejo. He also tasked the school principal tomake sure there’s a replacement for the resigned teacher. Local officials of Ajuy expressedindignation over the showing of the sex video to minors and the teacher wastold to appear at the Sangguniang Bayan on Monday next week. “The teacher wanted to have peace ofmind,” according to Bermejo. “As to the two Grade 10 classes thatwere shown the sex video, the Iloilo schools division deployed a registeredguidance councilor to Pili National High School to determine what interventionsare needed, if at all,” said Bermejo. He declined to divulge the report’scontents. Bermejo also said the schoolprincipal’s incident report would be forwarded to the DepEd regional officeeven if the department no longer has administrative jurisdiction over theteacher due to the resignation. Bermejo said the investigation wouldpush through and the focus would be on the appropriateness of the materialshown to the students. The school principal handed to Dr.Roel Bermejo, schools division superintendent, the teacher’s resignation letteryesterday morning together with the incident report. Impressionable youngsters could formsilly ideas from sex education materials not suitable for their age, he said. For his part, Mayor Jett Rojas said hehas no problem with sex education in schools but stressed the importance ofusing teaching materials suitable to the target learners. ILOILO – The outrage was too much forthe Biology teacher who showed to Grade 10 students of Pili National HighSchool in Ajuy, Iloilo a graphic sex instructional video. He quit. Theinvestigation of the Iloilo schools division, however, will continue. Teachers may use supplementarymaterials to enrich the students’ learning “but appropriateness should serve ascriteria in choosing the materials,” he stressed. The teacher was a Biology graduate,said Bermejo, and was accepted to teach in high school because under the K-12program, teachers needed for certain subjects such as Biology need not beEducation degree holders. Regarding the video in question, Rojassaid, “Kon tan-awon mo gid, pang-married couple ini nga ma-spice up ang ila sexual life. Ti, angaudience mo kabataan, suited bala ini sa ila?” The incident prompted an upset AjuySangguniang Bayan member Angel Briones, chairperson of the committee on publicorder and safety, to ask who, under DepEd’s guidelines, is the proper person tohandle sex education in schools – is it the science teacher or the guidancecouncilor?last_img read more