Miami is an epicenter of fraud related to government-run healthcare programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Each year, we see medical facility and pharmacy owners, doctors, and even hospital systems wrapped up in fraudulent billing or referral practices. Just this summer, there have been two major fraud-related crackdowns that have affected a wide network of assisted-living facilities here in Miami. These stories show the intricacies and details of how serious this issue is here in South Florida.
At the height of the "pill mill" crisis in Florida, we saw an increase in dependency and deaths related to opioid addiction, primarily addition to certain prescribed painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and morphine. Florida was ground zero for the consumption and black market of these drugs. Otherwise law-abiding citizens were caught up in the illegal sale and consumption of dangerous prescribed painkillers, constantly seeking the euphoric high associated with these drugs.
Recently, the news reported that the U.S. Coast Guard seized 150 pounds of cocaine off of a fishing boat. The boat came into the RMK Merrill-Stevens Shipyard in Miami from Nassau, Bahamas, and the drugs were found during a routine inspection. Authorities in connection with the drug smuggling detained five people.
Attorneys for the defendants in a Miami Medicare fraud case are seeking to have charges dismissed against their clients after evidence implicating federal prosecutors have come to light.
Dan Bilzerian, a professional poker player who has been called the "King of Instagram" for his 7.1 million followers will not face any significant consequences for two legal matters that arose in December of last year.
On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, former Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) employee, Shani Smith was surrendered to police. She is facing six felony counts of official misconduct. The charges stem from a case Smith worked in that began in November 2012, in which a mother, Catalina Bruno, was charged with driving under the influence and child neglect.
When you choose to walk down the aisle with the man or woman of your dreams, everything seems like it will be perfect forever. You are happily in love, full of energy, and anxious to start a new life together. While many marriages start and end with joy, one-half of all US marriages end in divorce. That startling and sobering statistic points to the importance of pre and post nuptial agreements in a marriage.