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Sunday, July 01, 2018

When the deep state is good

When the deep state is good, the nation benefits. And so it did in busting James Burkhart, a former CEO of American Senior Communities of Indiana. He and three cronies used that company to fleece insurers and gain kickacks from vendors so the could live the Lifestyles of the Rich and Crooked.

Now he will spend the next 9 1/2 years in a federal prison. When he gets out, fines and restitution will leave him impoverished.

United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced the sentencing.

"In spite of receiving a salary of over $1 million, Burkhart abused his official position of trust to steal tax payer dollars intended to benefit this community’s sick, elderly and mentally challenged. Because this thief was motivated by nothing other than corruption and greed, we sought a justifiably harsh sentence. Hopefully, the sound of the prison door slamming shut on this 9.5 year sentence will deter other officials from the culture of corruption and greed we see in this district," he said.

The kickbacks came from contractors providing home health or hospice company, landscaping, electrical generators, employee uniforms, patient gifts, American flags, furniture, heating and air conditioning, wound care creams, medical supplies, air fresheners, speech therapy, pharmacy services, and food services.

John Gotti was a piker. 

The investigation began during the Obama administration. Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Health and Human Services worked together to bust these animals. The latter agency's involvement stems from its administration of Medicaid and Medicare.

Lamont Pugh III, the special agent in charge of HHS's Inspector General's ofice, said in the same press release, "Health care fraud is fueled by greed and is perpetrated by criminals with the intent of concealing their acts and securing financial riches at the expense of taxpayers.

"Mr. Burkhart spun a web of deceit through side deals, inflated invoices and shell companies in order to pilfer funds from Medicare and Medicaid which ultimately led him to the doorstep of law enforcement and prosecutorial authorities. The OIG will continue to work with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to uncover these schemes and hold those who execute them accountable."

Medicaid and Medicare are a trillion-dollar entitlement. The money attracts roaches like Burkhart.

In this case the deep state was our RAID!

Federal law enforcement should stick to this and leave politics alone.

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5 comments:

  1. That's law enforcement doing its goddam job Don, instead of trying to influence the outcome of a presidential election.

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  2. I don't think "Deep State" means what you think "Deep State" means.

    This is a case of government following and enforcing the law. Not flouting and rejecting the law.

    Way2opinionated

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    1. I agree; Don, this isn't what is meant by "Deep State."

      The Deep State is mostly composed of bureaucrats in goverment and intelligence agencies, many appointed to their positions, who undermine the correct functioning of their department or agency. They do this to accomplish their own illegitimate agenda instead of the valid work their department is supposed to accomplish.

      Thus for example we have State Department employees who undermine the decisions of the legitimate SOS, Michael Pompeo, who was appointed by President Trump, in order to carry out the agenda of globalism, or to advance the ideals of Obama or Clinton instead of our president's.

      Their aim is to control state policy from behind the scenes; they have been found out (e.g. Agent Strzok & his mistress,) and hopefully they will be indicted and then imprisoned!

      The investigation you discuss isn't the Deep State at all; it's the proper functioning of the FBI & other departments involved. It's undercover, but it's not Deep State.

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  3. The amount of theft from the government indeed makes the mob look like pikers.

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  4. Not sure that’s Deep State.

    Looks more to me like Untouchables doing their job.

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