A 63-year-old man who was at the center of a multi-million health care fraud was sentenced to prison for five years, months after a San Diego Superior Court jury convicted him of 51 felony counts.Gilbert Paredes was the office manager of Advanced Radiology of Beverly Hills, a health care company that was owned by Dr. Ronald Grusd. Authorities said Grusd and Paredes orchestrated a scheme that paid illegal kickbacks to a San Diego-based chiropractor, and in exchange had patients referred to Advanced Radiology. The company then performed various medical procedures to patients, then billed workers compensation insurance companies. Prosecutors said Advanced Radiology paid more than $225,000 in kickback and billed insurance companies more than $5 million during the scheme.At trial prosecutors said Paredes helped negotiate kickback deals, processed invoices for the illegal payments and did other tasks central to the scheme. The case was part of a large crackdown on medical insurance fraud … [Read more...] about Man in health care fraud case sentenced to prison
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Updated 4:11 pm PDT, Thursday, June 13, 2019 FILE - In this May 9, 2017 file photo, signs are posted near the entrance to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Wash. A federal judge on Thursday, June 13, 2019 rejected the Trump administration's challenge to a Washington state law that makes it easier for former workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to win workers compensation benefits. less FILE - In this May 9, 2017 file photo, signs are posted near the entrance to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Wash. A federal judge on Thursday, June 13, 2019 rejected the Trump administration's ... more Photo: Manuel Valdes, AP Photo: Manuel Valdes, AP Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 FILE - In this May 9, 2017 file photo, signs are posted near the entrance … [Read more...] about Judge rejects federal challenge to Hanford workers comp law
Scott Rodd Stateline.org Published 12:04 AM EDT Mar 25, 2019 Sacramento, Calif. It started with installing some red and green LED lights. Then came the disco balls, neon eyeglasses and a gold Bluetooth karaoke microphone. Daniel Flannery had transformed the car he drives for Uber and Lyft into a party on wheels. “You put everything together, and it encourages people to loosen up,” he said. “Sometimes, I have people call me up and say, ‘We don’t want to go anywhere – we just want to drive around and sing.’” Flannery, who drives to supplement his retirement income, said he loves the freedom that comes with it – setting his own schedule and adding his own flair to what he dubs his “Swag Rides.” Much of that freedom comes from being classified as an independent contractor. But a 2018 California Supreme Court decision could change the nature of working in the gig economy while providing a model for other states. The … [Read more...] about Gig economy workers gain security, but at what cost?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Yvonne Abraham March 07, 2019 Something is seriously amiss if the Trump administration protects the rights of an undocumented worker better than the city of Boston does.Yet that conclusion is hard to avoid if one believes the allegations in a federal Department of Labor complaint filed last week. In it, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta accuses a South Boston employer of retaliating against a worker, badly injured on the job and seeking compensation, by trying to have the worker deported — with help from the Boston Police Department.Until the lawsuit was filed, labor and immigration advocates had no idea of the extent to which Boston police were involved in the case. They are shocked, and deeply troubled — especially given Mayor Marty Walsh’s repeated assurances that immigrants can trust police. Advertisement First, the case. The worker, Jose Martin … [Read more...] about Is Boston truly looking out for immigrants? Not in this case.
Paul Egan Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Feb 10, 2019 LANSING — The state Treasury Department fired Tamara Noe because she refused to work alongside a male employee she said was harassing and intimidating her. Three years later, that employee, Henry Ware, was forced to resign after he allegedly threatened to bring a machine gun to work and shoot his male supervisor, records show. But that didn't help Noe — whose complaints about Ware were not the first ones made about him by co-workers, and which were largely ignored. Noe still lost her job after working nearly five years for the state, with a spotless record, until she was transferred to Ware's work site at the state secondary complex in Dimondale. Noe sued Treasury over her firing, but the suit was dismissed by Eaton County Judge John Maurer. Last week, a three-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld that decision, dismissing Noe's suit on technical grounds. "This is a … [Read more...] about Firing of Michigan worker came too late for co-worker