Category Archives: Entitlements

July 21, 2017

Feds arrest Muslim doctors in one of largest Medicare fraud schemes in Detroit history (Video)

“If he was ever arrested, he would have a plane ready to take him outside the United States,” Foster said. “(Rashid) also stated to this witness that he has storage units full of cash that are maintained in others’ names.”

A lavish 10,000-square-foot $6.8 million home under construction and golf trips by private jet are just a few of the luxuries enjoyed by Mashiyat Rashid, the ringleader of what is being described as one of the largest Medicare fraud schemes in Detroit history.

Rashid, 37, who came to the United States from Bangladesh when he was 3 years old, is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and is married, with two young children. He is now facing up to life in federal prison for orchestrating a $132 million health care fraud conspiracy.

The Detroit News reported that the scheme has been going on since 2008 and involves a “web of companies controlled by Rashid,” along with six other individuals.

Charges against them include recruiting homeless people as patients, sending fraudulent claims to Medicare, giving unnecessary back injections to drug addicts, and prescribing pain medications that were then sold on the streets.

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July 20, 2017

Arizona Democrat Who Opposed Welfare Fraud Reforms Busted For Food Stamp Fraud

“It is appalling that an elected official representing the people of Arizona would steal from the poor, while consistently saying she is trying to help the poor,” Kern told Fox News.

An Arizona Democratic lawmaker who once voted against welfare fraud protections in her state has been indicted on felony charges of defrauding the food stamp program.

According to the indictment unsealed earlier this week, state Rep. Cecilia Velasquez was charged with three felony counts: unlawful use of food stamps, fraudulent schemes and practices, and theft.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security began investigating Velasquez in 2014. According to the Arizona DES, Velasquez fraudulently used $1,726 worth of food stamps between 2013 and 2015.

This past February, Velasquez had voted against a bill aimed at giving the same state agency stronger anti-fraud tools – a program that could have quickly detected her alleged fraudulent activity.

Arizona state Rep. Anthony Kern, who sponsored the House bill, called the indictment “sad.”

“It is appalling that an elected official representing the people of Arizona would steal from the poor, while consistently saying she is trying to help the poor,” Kern told Fox News.

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July 16, 2017

Europe’s Unsustainable Welfare State

Unless the EU politicians change their mindset of a model built on massive taxation and bureaucracy and start putting at the forefront of policy cutting taxes, slashing red tape, more open business, more economic freedom, focusing on job creation and attraction of capital, the welfare state will implode.

Angela Merkel used to say that “the European Union is about 5% of the world’s population, about 25% of its GDP, and about 50% of global welfare spending”:

The real data is more concerning.

The European Union is:

7.2% of the World Population.
23.8% of the World’s GDP.
58% of the World’s Welfare Spending.

Something has to give.

The EU average tax burden on workers is 44.9%. The average worker in the EU spends half a year working for the tax man.

Taxation accounts for 41% of the euro area GDP.

Ease of doing business remains below the leading economies of the world.

Bureaucracy is asphyxiating. The EU approves on average 80 directives, 1,200 regulations and 700 decisions per year.

The main EU economies remain significantly below the leaders in economic freedom.

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July 14, 2017

Half of Turks in Germany Do Not Work, Majority ‘Not Interested in a Job’

Figures show that almost every second Turk of working age in Germany is “economically inactive”, meaning they are either not in work or officially registered as unemployed.

The latest data from European statistics bureau Eurostat shows that 43 per cent of Turks living in Germany are economically inactive, a figure which rises to 48 per cent according to the country’s Federal Statistics Office.

A report in Die Welt concerning the data explains there are a number of reasons why so many people with Turkish backgrounds aged between 15 and 64 are not in work. stating that around a third are undertaking education or training, while almost one in five retired early for health reasons. A further one in 10 said family duties make holding down a job impossible.

“The vast majority of the [Turks who are] economically inactive declare that — at least for the moment — they are not interested in a job,” the German broadsheet reports.

The difference in employment rates between Turks and natives is particularly stark among women, with just a third of Turkish women in work across Europe, the Eurostat data shows.

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July 13, 2017

GOP Rep Steve King: Use Food Stamp, Planned Parenthood Funding to Build Border Wall (Video)

“We’ve got to put America back to work. This administration will do it. And we’ve got to let — we’ve got to free them up so that they can and support the right agenda for this country.”

Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day,” Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was asked by show co-host Alisyn Camerota if he was “comfortable” holding up funding for the federal government if it did not include money for the border wall.

King said that he was, but suggested taking it a step further by adding money earmarked for food stamps and Planned Parenthood to fund the wall.

Partial transcript as follows:

CAMEROTA: And it’s $1.6 billion. I mean, that’s what might be holding up, you know, the funding for the government. But are you comfortable, Congressman, with providing $1.6 billion of taxpayer money, not from Mexico, to build that wall?

KING: Absolutely yes, and more, and I’d throw another $5 billion on the pile and I would find a half of a billion dollars of that right out of Planned Parenthood’s budget. And the rest of it could come out of food stamps and the entitlements that are being spread out for people that haven’t worked in three generations.

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July 5, 2017

Facebook’s Zuckerberg and Wife Help Illegal Immigrants with College Tuition

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have donated millions of dollars via the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative to TheDream.US, a program that will award over 100 college scholarships to illegal immigrants in the Bay Area.

The donations have been spread out over the past several years, and the 139 scholarships given out are part of a concerted effort to ensure that 400 young illegals will attend college in the region by 2020. The “dreamers,” as they are commonly known, are not eligible for federal financial aid, private scholarships, or other grants, so cannot generally afford college. TheDream.US believes that it is a shame to “waste [their] talent.” Tania Wilcox, the program’s director for college partnerships, said that the organization “truly believes that an education is so important for people to be able to contribute to this community and this nation.”

Mary Papazian, the president of San Jose State University, argued that the illegal students have a “real sense of drive and purpose… with just a little support, it’s really incredible what they can do.” San Jose State is set to receive more than 40% of the scholarship recipients this year. The organization has also assisted universities in sharing information in how to support these students, which Pablo Reguerin, the assistant vice provost for student success at UC Santa Cruz, said made people feel “better equipped to address the changing demographics and the varying needs that students bring in.”

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June 28, 2017

Lakewood rabbi, others arrested in alleged million-dollar welfare fraud

Public assistance fraud on a scale rarely seen before in New Jersey.

A prominent rabbi and several others were arrested in simultaneous federal and state raids Monday morning on charges related to alleged public assistance fraud on a scale rarely seen before in New Jersey.

Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin, who runs the synagogue Congregation Lutzk and businesses linked to the synagogue, was taken into custody Monday and is facing charges of theft by deception in Ocean County Superior Court.

Also arrested in the sting headed by the FBI, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and other agencies were Zalmen’s wife, Tzipporah Sorotzkin, and married couple Mordechai and Jocheved Breskin. The three also face state criminal charges, according to a source close to the case who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.

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June 27, 2017

Lakewood couples earned millions and still cheated welfare, officials say

“Financial assistance programs are designed to alleviate family hardships for those truly in need,” Coronato said. “Those who choose to ignore those warnings by seeking to illegally profit on the backs of taxpayers will pay the punitive price of their actions.”

The arrest Monday of four couples, including four people who had earned millions of dollars, may just be the start as officials crack down on welfare fraud in this Ocean County community.

Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin, 39, of Congregation Lutzk, and his wife, Tzipporah, 35; and Mordechai Breskin, 37, and his wife, Jocheved, 35, were arrested on charges filed by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office.

The FBI, meanwhile, arrested Rachel Sorotzkin, 32, Mordechai Sorotzkin, 35, Yocheved Nussbaum, 40, and Shimon Nussbaum, 42, on federal charges of conspiring to steal federal funds.

Authorities said the families, some of whom owned businesses and lived in large homes, collected Medicaid and subsidized housing benefits and food stamps.

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato said that his office warned religious leaders two years ago about the risk of abusing financial assistance programs.

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June 24, 2017

Legal Immigrant at Southern Border Hates Socialist Attitude of Illegal Aliens

Gimme, gimme, gimme.

The Epoch Times has highlighted several Americans who live at the southern border and got their first-hand account of what it’s like to live where the illegal action is. One of the women interviewed is an immigrant herself who came to the U.S. legally from Britain in 1946. She has lived near the Rio Grande ever since.

Pamela Taylor, 89, is known by Border Patrol agents because illegal immigrants must pass by her home to get to the fence. Though Taylor obeys the laws and never harbors the lawbreakers or allow them phone calls, she does leave stocked coolers of water outside for any who need them, including the agents. She’s also been known to hand out food to the agents and to illegal families crossing. Taylor has also found illegals using her home for showers and food without her permission. However, Border agents are close enough that when they hear her dogs barking, they know there’s trouble.

But putting her care for her fellow man aside, Taylor said she’s pretty upset by the attitude she sees among aliens who cross into America illegally.

“Once they cross that river, they have broken the law,” she said. “When I came to America, they told me to walk the fine line, that if I did anything, I would be sent back. So they’ve already broken the law.”

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June 21, 2017

Which Are Death Spiral States?

Does your state have more takers than makers? Check it out.

California has a powerful economy, with 14 million private-sector jobs. It also has burdens: welfare recipients (12.6 million), generously paid government employees (2.1 million) and people collecting government pensions (1.3 million).

Add up the numbers. There are 114 clients drawing from the government for every 100 people chipping in by working outside the government and paying taxes. We’re calling this the Feedme Ratio. Six states have a number over 100.

These states are at risk of going into a downward spiral in the next recession. The burdens will remain but too many of the providers—employers in the private sector—might shrink or decamp. Why add jobs in a state that asks each productive worker to carry not just his or her own weight but also the weight of one other person?

New York is on the list of at-risk states, with a Feedme Ratio of 108. New Mexico is in the worst shape, with 143 government clients for every 100 private-sector workers.

The three other states with Feedme Ratios over 100: West Virginia at 116, Mississippi at 111 and Arkansas at 103. You can check your state on this map.

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