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    November 12, 2014

    Convicted Riverside CEO Tells His Side of the Story

    It's been two years since FBI agents burst into the Third Ward office of Riverside General Hospital's longtime CEO, Earnest Gibson III, and accused him conspiring to scam Medicare and Medicaid out of $158 million. Judge Lee Rosenthal ordered Gibson not to discuss Riverside business or speak to River ... More >>

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    October 21, 2014

    Riverside Hospital CEO Convicted of Fraud

    Earnest Gibson III, Riverside's General Hospital's CEO of more than 30 years, was convicted Monday of conspiring to buy and sell patients in a Medicare and Medicaid scam that siphoned $158 million from government coffers. Also convicted and awaiting sentencing are his son Earnest Gibson IV, Rivers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    Riverside General Hospital Heads Await Fraud Verdict

    Arguments in the trial of Riverside General Hospital administrators accused of pilfering millions in a federal healthcare scam concluded Monday as the jury left to decide whether Earnest Gibson III, his son and two other defendants bought and sold patients by the head to cash in on Medicare and Medi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2014

    Several Hospitals Make List for High Infection Rates

    The Centers for Disease Control said more than 1.5 million people get infections while they are in the hospital. As part of a program through the Affordable Care Act, hospitals that receive Medicare money will be hit with a penalty if they have too many people get sick while seeking treatment. A re ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    Drugmaker Will Pay $650 Million to Settle Pradaxa Claims

    The manufacturer of a blood thinner will pay $650 million to settle claims brought by 4,000 consumers and next of kin who claimed to have been injured by the drug. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, makers of Pradaxa, agreed on the settlement this week, resolving litigation that began in Novembe ... More >>

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    July 25, 2013

    Getting Stuck: Uninsured Patients Slammed with Lawsuits by Not-for-Profit Hospital

    Memorial Hermann treats patients without insurance, tells them not to worry about the cost and then sues them for thousands of dollars.

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    May 7, 2013

    Perry Spokesperson Welcomes Obama to Texas. Perry Himself? Not So Much

    Sometimes, silence truly is deafening. Rick Perry spends an awful lot of time engaging anyone who will listen around the country on why they ought to move to Texas. It's good for business. We got lots o' guns. We let you live the way you want to live. We don't have no dad-gum income taxes. We're jus ... More >>

  • News

    April 25, 2013

    Thieves' Bazaar: Medicare Fraud

    Hospitals, doctors and dealers have made Medicare the nation's sweetest crime. The feds are now trying to shutter the door.

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    October 11, 2012

    The Ten Most Corrupt Tax Loopholes

    If Mitt Romney won't tell you which need to be closed, we will.

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    August 27, 2012

    6 Songs for LBJ Day... One's About His Dick

    Today is officially Lyndon Baines Johnson Day here in the state of Texas. The late 36th president's birthday was hallowed in his home state after he died in 1973 of a massive heart attack at the age of 64. He would have been 104 today. Johnson ascended to the presidency from the vice-presidency aft ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    How to Speak Republican

    Leaked document reveals the secrets of the GOP's coded language.

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    August 23, 2012

    Your Gonzo Guide to the Republican National Convention

    From cash-hungry strippers to protesters dressed as vaginas.

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2012

    Jack L. Baker: Radiologist To Pay $650,000 To Settle Kickback Case

    A man described by prosecutors as "a prominent Houston radiologist" has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle claims that he provided kickbacks to get physicians to refer business his way. Jack L. Baker of the Fairmount Diagnostic Center in Pasadena entered into the agreement today, settling claims file ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Ike Odelugo: Concert Promoter Gets Six Years for Medicare Fraud

    Aghaegbuna "Ike" Odelugo of Sugar Land is a concert promoter, we're told, but that can be a rough business to make a buck in these days. Ripping off Medicare, however, can be a breeze -- until you get caught. Odelugo, 39, was sentenced to six years in federal prison today on health care fraud and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Jodi Leonore Latson: Quite the Alleged Medicare Defrauder

    Houston makes the fraud lineup.​If you're going to defraud the U.S. government, go big. It's not like they're going to miss a stray $62 million or so. Thus was the thinking of Houstonian Jodi Leonore Latson, 45, who -- unfortunately for her -- ended up as one of the bigger fish caught in a na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    If The U.S. Defaults: 5 Alternatives to Government Checks

    We still don't know whether a deal will make it through Congress or whether instead the Tea Party will drive the nation off the economic cliff. If the U.S. defaults and all of a sudden can't write checks, things could get....interesting. Fortunately, there are back-up plams. 5. Social Security ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Christina Clardy: West U Doctor, Two Others Convicted in $30 Million Medicaid Fraud

    Christina Clardy among those convicted.​Christina Clardy, a 61-year-old West U doctor, was convicted with two other people of running a massive Medicaid-and-money-laundering scam that somehow involved Nigerian tankers, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today. Kenneth Anokam, 56, and Niger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Doris Vinitski: Paid $1,000-Per-Patient Kickbacks To Recruit For Medicare Fraud

    Calling all "patients"​How lucrative can ripping off Medicare be? Lucrative enough that one scamster was offering up to $1,000 a patient to "recruiters" who sent customers her way. Doris Vinitski, 46, the owner of Onward Medical Supply, signed up the patients and then started billing Medicare ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    U.S. Attorney Charges Ten with Sex-Trafficking at Local Bars

    U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno announced two indictments this afternoon.​U.S Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today an indictment against ten defendants allegedly involved in a human trafficking ring at a local nightclub and restaurant. The defendants, who include the owners and several ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Patrick Ita: The Genius Who Combined Medicare and Katrina Fraud

    Like combining chocolate and peanut butter​In the Southern District of Texas, U.S. Attorneys often deal with two kinds of fraud: scams involving a) Medicare, or b) Hurricanes Katrina or Rita. It takes a special genius to combine the two, and apparently Patrick Ita is that man. Prosecutors un ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 16, 2010

    Third World

    Problems n a First World country

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    December 2, 2010
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    December 2, 2010
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    December 2, 2010

    Ruth Netscher: Whistleblower Claims UT-Health Science Center Used Mental-Health Patients As Guinea Pigs

    Research done without consent, suit says​A former doctor and faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston claims that she was fired because she blew the whistle on other doctors who used mental health patients as research guinea pigs without proper or legal consent. ... More >>

  • News

    October 28, 2010

    For Five Bucks I'd...

    What Texans would do for a Lincoln

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    October 20, 2010

    Tea Party: Coming Soon To Texas License Plates?

    Courtesy MyPlates.comJust a historical reference, nothing political​Texas -- ever eager to do its part to foment rightwing nuttism -- may be giving official state sanction to the Tea Party, via license plates.New proposed license plates from are out for review, and they include the "D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Sandra Thurman Patino: Motorized Wheelchair Scam FAIL, Loses $1M & A Cadillac To Feds

    The "Jazzy" model, no kidding​Sandra Thurman Patino, 46, had a pretty good deal going with a Medicare scam involving motorized wheelchairs, but now she's headed to federal prison for four years.Plus she's giving up the $1.1 million she had in the bank, and a Cadillac, to the feds.Patino was senten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Good Lord, Was Tom DeLay Drunk On Hardball?

    Sugar Land's Tom DeLay has wormed his way back into the spotlight lately via the announcement he'll be on Dancing With The Stars.He showed up on Chris Matthews' Hardball the other day, and we've got to ask: Was he drunk? (DeLay, not Matthews.)Check out the video for yourself.Visit for Brea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    It's Only Going To Get Hotter In Houston, Group Says

    ​Think it's hot in Houston now? Just want for....(switch to stentorian voice)...The Future!!!!That's the word from Climate Central, a non-profit scientific group that apparently believes all this climate-change mumbo-jumbo the socialist-fascists are trying to throw at us when they're not trying to ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Houston Is Epicenter Of Big Medicare-Fraud Sweep

    ​Houston is at the center of a big sweep against Medicare fraud announced today by the feds. A grand jury here issued indictments involving more than $16 million in fraud, and agents went out today and arrested 32 people in Houston, New York, Boston and Louisiana.Sayeth the feds: The Strike Force ... More >>

  • News

    July 16, 2009

    Cover Me

    Kathern Cathey thought she had an insurance policy that would save her life. Not exactly.

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    March 26, 2009

    Methodist Hospital Gets Hit For Medicaid Fraud

    Usually when the Justice Department announces the settlement of a Medicaid-fraud case, it's a small-time operation dealing with wheelchairs or even adult diapers.Not today.Today they've nabbed a nearly-$10 million settlement out of Methodist Hospital here for defrauding the federal program.The US At ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Out On A Limb Over Rosharon, For A Good Cause

    If you happen to be driving through Rosharon Saturday and see 50 skydivers headed toward you, don't panic - it's not Red Dawn come to life. And don't freak out over the fact that they all just happen to be amputees, 'cause it's not a coincidence: It's the second annual Airborne Amputee Skydive, spon ... More >>

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    November 27, 2008
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    November 3, 2008

    Gloom And Doom For Uninsured Texas Children

    There are two solutions to help the population of uninsured children in Texas, according to a Houston pediatrician: Pray for change or move to Canada. That's overstating it a bit, but Dr. Ana Malinow, a pediatrician and co-founder of the advocacy group Healthcare for All Texas, tells Hair Balls that ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008

    Whistleblower Wins Suit, Even Without Feds' Help

    Usually, when the federal government refuses to join in your whistleblower suit, you give up. (Unless, of course, you're talking about whistleblower suits against the federal government.) A pair of local attorneys decided to stick with their so-called "qui tam" (legalese for "whistleblower") suit, ... More >>

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    August 26, 2008

    Texas Continues To Shine At Being Uninsured

    Texas is at the top of the heap again – this time we are the most uninsured state, health care-wise, in the country. Woo hoo! Oh, snap, wait, that’s not a good thing, is it? The U.S. Census Bureau released a report today stating that the number of uninsured in America was down to just 15.3% in ... More >>

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    May 3, 2007

    Mail Call

    Unhappy Customer

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    July 14, 2005

    A Gap in Coverage

    Critics of GoldStar ambulance service say it's late to emergencies, cares for profits over patients, and doctors its books. But without it, there's nothing.

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    April 28, 2005

    Million-Hour Madness

    Religious charities discover state welfare reform savings are based in part on their backs

  • Calendar

    September 9, 2004

    Women's Movement

    Ladies take the lead in Houston Ballet's Women@Art

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    March 25, 2004

    Moby for Veep

    John Kerry should hit the decks for his running mate

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    March 4, 2004

    Advantage: MILFs

    Women 35 and up serve it up

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    November 13, 2003
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    November 22, 2001

    Letters, Week of November 22

    Fed Up with Feds, Still Reeling, Diabolical Docs

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    October 11, 2001

    Paying the Price

    Hospital district officials wanted a simple one-sentence policy on immigrant health care. What they got instead was a criminal probe and plenty of politics.

  • News

    April 27, 2000

    Methadone Meltdown

    Dr. Amos and Cecilia Ozumba ran Houston Maintenance Clinic for four years. Have they finally run it into the ground?

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    August 12, 1999
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    July 17, 1997

    Holistic Touch

    Some ex-patients credit the mind-body therapy of New Age healer JoAnne Mandel with saving their lives. Others say her compassion stopped at the bottom line.

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