Articles Tagged with Bribes

college admissions chargesParents of college-bound students have been accused of being involved in a college admission scheme worth millions, including two prominent actresses, Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. This scheme was set into place in the hopes of helping ensure their children had a better chance of getting into prominent universities by fabricating their credentials and arranging brides for athletic directors and test administrators.

While parents were responsible for paying for these fraudulent actions, the person running the scam was an individual named William Rick Singer. Singer is a California resident who owned and operated Edge College of Career Network LLC, as well as stood as acting CEO of the non-profit charity corporation Key Worldwide Foundation. With these two organizations under his control, he was able to act on the parent’s wishes to improve their child’s chances of entrance into desirable universities while using KWF as a way to move shady funds around as charitable donations. Clients of Singer, including the two well-known actresses, would pay anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million for his services.

“These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege,”, Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, stated. “They include, for example, CEOs of private and public companies, successful securities and real estate investors, two well-known actresses, a famous fashion designer, and the co-chairman of a global law firm.”

Pharmacy fraudHolly Blakely, a former San Antonio pharmaceutical rep in Texas, plead guilty and confessed her involvement in an $8.8 million healthcare fraud scheme.

Initially, Holly Blakely was charged in a 30-count indictment. This allegedly means that she paid more than $400,000 in bribes and kickbacks to clinicians for prescribing compounded medications. Compound medication is basically personalized medications produced in order to fit an individual’s exact medical needs. In this case, these compound medications, in particular, were designed to ease pain, but the people these were being given to did not require them.

Blakely confessed that she worked with two compounding pharmacies in order to push prescriptions for compound drugs. The pharmacies would then submit claims to health plans such as Tricare. In exchange for her part of the fraud, Blakely was paid $1.15 million.