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Friday, August 24, 2012

Orange County Hospital Chain Treating Made-up Aliments

Everyone across the country has been infatuated with the state of healthcare since the Supreme Court agreed to hear National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (also known as the Obamacare case). However, this week an Orange County hospital chain took center stage.

Hospital (Photo credit: José Goulão)
Pacific Health Corp., an Orange County-based hospital chain agreed to pay $16.5 million to the government. The settlement came after the hospital chain was accused of conspiring to defraud government insurers Medicare and Medi-Cal. The hospital-chain recently admitted that between 2003-2008 it recruited homeless people from Skid Row in Los Angeles to undergo uncalled for medical treatment that was later billed to the government. Pacific Health paid more than $2.3 million to recruiters who sent the homeless men and woman to the hospitals.
The homeless recruits were usually admitted based on fabricated medical forms. The patients would stay to be “treated” for a few days before being released back to Skid Row with $20 cash for their trouble. The hospitals, doctors, and staff would then bill for their services.
Pacific Health issued a statement on Thursday saying, "We are pleased that we will now be able to put these matters behind us and focus exclusively on our primary mission – providing excellent and compassionate care to the communities we serve. We believe that ultimately our hospitals will be stronger as a result of this agreement. PHC's new leadership team reaffirms its unwavering commitment to ethical business practices and full compliance with the law."
The government noted that although Pacific Health is being criminally charged, the settlement calls for the charges to be dropped after six years if Pacific Health abides by the agreement. Pacific Health has also reached a “corporate integrity agreement” with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which will be overseeing the hospital.

If you face a criminal charge in Orange County, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you in fighting your charges and/or reducing your sentence.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Justice for Murdered Orange County Millionare

Official seal of City of Newport Beach
Official seal of City of Newport Beach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A story that has haunted Orange County for almost twenty years came to an end this week. Eric Andrew Naposki, 45, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole- plus five years in state prison. Naposki had been convicted earlier this summer of killing wealthy Newport beach businessman Bill McLaughlin in 1994.

Although Naposki has maintained his innocence throughout the judicial process the evidence brought justice to the day. It is believed that Naposki, a ex-NFL linebacker for the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts, murdered McLaughlin in 1994 to steal his money.

In 1994, Naposki was 27-years-old working as a nightclub doorman. Naposki was essentially broke renting a small Tustin studio apartment. While McLaughlin was a 55-year-old-millionaire, earning more than $100,000-a-month off his business.

The link between these two men had been a 29-year-old woman known as Nanette Johnson who had been romantically linked to both men. The prosecution argued that Johnson and Naposki had co-conspired to kill McLaughlin for his money.

The case had been cold for years until new evidence came to light in 2009 bringing justice to McLaughlin’s family. Kimberly McLaughlin, Bill McLaughlin's daughter said in a victim-impact statement presented in court that "Our dad planned his life around family time: Sunday brunches, family dinners and family vacations. Any excuse to enjoy each other and get that quality time together. And because of Eric's selfish reasons, he decided to take my dad away from us. Thankfully, there is one thing that [he] cannot take from us no matter what. That is the intense and abundant amount of love my dad gave us all the years we got to spend with him."

Johnson, now Nanette Packard, 47, of Ladera Ranch, was also convicted and sentence to life without the possibility of parole earlier this year.

An Orange County Superior Court jury found Naposki guilty on July 14 of one felony count of special circumstances murder for financial gain with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon.

If you face a criminal charge in Orange County, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you in fighting your charges and/or reducing your sentence.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Altercation in Orange County Ends in Fatality

A altercation between two teens ended in a fatality this week. Fountain Valley police were called to the scene of a 7-Eleven parking lot on Monday afternoon following reports that two teenage boys had been fighting.

 Fountain Valley police Sgt. Kurt Ulrich informed reporters that one of the boys had been shot during the fight. According to Ulrich, the first officer to arrive at the 7-Eleven, located on the 1600 block of Harbor Boulevard, found a teenager suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck. The teen, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

 The police arrested a suspect as well as discovered a firearm at the scene. The suspect, 18-year-old Reda Safieddine of Fountain Valley, has been taken into custody and arrested on suspicion of murder. Investigators believe that the victim and Safieddine had known each other. Although the authorities have declined to explain what sparked the confrontation, it is believed the shooting was a result of an argument. "It had been an ongoing problem between the shooter and the victim," Fountain Valley police Lt. Jim McNeff said.

Authorities are asking anyone who witnessed the shooting to call the Fountain Valley Police Department Investigation Bureau at 714-593-4484 or Det. Dave Steele at 714-593-4465.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

UC-Irvine Professor Denied Bail for Violent Emails

Hundreds of excited Batman fans packed a movie theater on July 20th in Aurora, Colorado to see the last installment of Christopher Nolan’s famed Dark Knight trilogy. The aftermath of the atrocities that the alleged shooter, James Holmes, committed that night has left the nation stunned and horrified.

In the wake of that deadly shooting, evidence has come to light that Holmes’ psychiatrist at the University of Colorado, where he had been a graduate student until he suddenly dropped out of school earlier this summer, was aware of his depraved plan. In fact, the psychiatrist had alerted the University’s “threat assessment team.” However, as Holmes had already dropped out of school, the University took no action against Holmes.

Had the University acted with more sincerity, perhaps innocent movie goers would not have been placed in such danger. As a result, universities across the nation have been reacting to potential threats with significantly more attention. Here in Orange County, the University of California- Irvine is no different.

Last week, Orange County police arrested Rainer Reinscheid, a UCI professor of pharmaceutical studies, while he was attempting to set a small fire. While investigating the arson, Irvine police discovered alarming emails Reinscheid had sent from his UCI email account to his wife and himself.

The emails detailed a violent plan of revenge for those he believes are responsible for his teenage son’s suicide earlier this year. It is alleged that his son, Claas, committed suicide after being disciplined by the assistant principal at his high school. Reinscheid’s emails alluded to killing 200 students at University High School, raping the school counselor, and killing the assistant principal. The emails, which were filed in court today, quote “I will make him cry and beg, but I will not give him a chance, just like he did to Claas. I will make him die, slowly, surely. Next I will set fire to Uni High and try to burn down as much as I can, there should be nothing left that gives them a reason to continue their miserable school.”

Although Reinscheid never acted on his abominable plan nor is he being charged with anything related to the private emails, the news has left the local Irvine community in shock and horror. While some claim that Reinscheid is just venting his anger to his wife others, such as Orange County District Attorney spokeswoman Farrah Emam, are concerned that he is a serious threat to the safety of the community.

In fact, yesterday, Orange County Superior Court Judge Craig Griffin denied bail during a hearing for Reinscheid’s arson arrest as a result of the emails contents.

If you face a criminal charge in Orange County, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you in fighting your charges and/or reducing your sentence.

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