The home healthcare industry, a rapidly growing segment of our system of healthcare, is wrought with fraud. Nevada's leading GOP legislator-cum-soft porn star, cum-gun nut is up to her bra holsters with charges of fraud and tax evasion with her own home healthcare business.
Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, who received $6 million in Medicaid funding during a five-year period, has refused to allow state inspectors to review her records and could have her license to operate revoked, sources confirmed this week.
During the last few weeks, state health inspectors have conducted unannounced visits, as prescribed by regulations, to look at Fiore's records of her home health care businesses. The first time, I'm told, her mother, who helps her run the business, refused to allow the inspectors to do their job. The second time, Fiore rebuffed the inspectors and, according to a knowledgeable source, threatened to pass legislation to prevent them from coming back.
Fiore's business already has been in trouble with the IRS, which filed millions in liens against her for improperly not passing withholdings from her employees on to the government. Fiore's Medicaid payments (she opposed expanding Medicaid as a legislator) from the state averaged more than a million dollars a year over a five-year period and are detailed below. The inspections are designed to ensure proper records are kept by state providers.
The home healthcare industry has been known to be defrauded, and Fiore is one of many who are trying to profit off shady practices in the business. She may very well be on the radar of the Federal Government who is actively looking into her type of fraudulent activity.
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced today a nationwide sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in 17 districts, resulting in charges against 243 individuals, including 46 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $712 million in false billings.
The legislator appears to be in deep trouble, because she likely believes that the rules for others don't apply to her. She refused comment when asked. Stay tuned for more updates on this colorful, drama-ridden Nevada Republican.