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Texas Hospice Owner Accused of Texting Execution Orders for Patients

Novus Health Care Services CEO Brad Harris.

Novus Health Care Services CEO Brad Harris.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The owner of a Texas Hospice is accused of ordering nurses to kill patients who have “been on the hospice service for too long,” the FBI alleges.

Brad Harris, owner and CEO of Novus Health Care Services, is accused of texting execution orders to nurses, The Daily Beast reports.

“You need to make this patient go bye-bye,” Harris texted one his nurses, according to an FBI search warrant affidavit.

Harris said of another patient, “If this fuck would just die,” according to the Feb. 5 affidavit.

The FBI alleges that Harris ordered nurses to administer overdoses to four patients who had “been on the hospice service for too long.”

In one text to a nurse, Harris allegedly instructed a nurse to increase “the patient’s medication dosage to approximately four times the maximum allowed.”

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Feds Bust 94 in Largest Health Care Fraud Takedown Since Strike Force Created

health care
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The feds on Friday said 94 people were charged in schemes to collect more than $251 million in Medicare claims, calling it the largest health care fraud takedown since the Medicare Fraud Strike Force was created in 2007.

Federal authorities alleged that the suspected cheats took part in schemes to submit bogus Medicare claims for treatments that were were medically unnecessary and often never provided, according to the Justice Department.

“With today’s arrests, we’re putting would-be criminals on notice: Health care fraud is no longer a safe bet,” Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said in a statement. “The federal government is working aggressively—and collaboratively—to pursue health care criminals around the country and to bring these offenders to justice.”

The fraudulent claims involved physical therapy and occupational therapy schemes, home health care schemes, HIV infusion fraud schemes and durable medical equipment (DME) schemes, authorities said.

Earlier on Friday, 36 defendants were arrested in Miami, New York, Baton Rouge and Detroit.

FBI Arrests 64-Year-Old Man in Wash. State For Threatening Senator Over Health Care

Sen. Patty Murray/official photo

Sen. Patty Murray/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a 64-year-old man on Tuesday morning at his home outside Yakima, Wash.,  for allegedly threatening Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in response to the health care vote, the FBI said.

Authorities charged in a criminal complaint that Charles Alan Wilson of Selah, Wash.,   made a series of threatening calls to the senator’s office in Washington between March 22 and April 4 office, which  included the remarks that Murray “had a target on her back” and “I want to (expletive) kill you.”

“Free speech is the cornerstone of our democratic process, and we are a country of vigorous debate,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Greenberg in a statement. “However, threats of violence have no place in that debate. The threats here crossed the line, and violate the law.

Authorities said Wilson allegedly made the calls from a telephone with a blocked number, but subpoenaed phone records show the calls came from his home.