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Kenyan who defrauded US Medicaid of Sh85 million gets suspended sentence

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A Kenyan-born businessman in the United States who three years ago was accused of fraudulent defrauding US’s Medicaid claims amounting to Sh85 million ($815,588) has been sentenced to two years in prison, with the entire sentence suspended.

Francis Kimaru, 44, who is the owner of Compassionate Homecare Inc, was sentenced to two years last week after pleading guilty in the Worcester Superior Court to two counts of filing false Medicaid claims and one county of larceny of more than Sh25,000 ($250).

The fraudulent billing is alleged to have occurred from 2011 to February of 2016.

According to local media in Massachusetts, Kimaru will be placed on administrative probation during the two year suspended sentence.

Compassionate Homecare Inc, which is based in Worcester but also has branches in West Springfield and Lawrence, was indicted along with owner Kimaru and in 2016 on five counts of filing false Medical claims.

The US attorney general’s office said the company defrauded the taxpayer-funded MassHealth, which provides Medicaid to the poor and low income in the state, of Sh85 million ($815,588) through several fraudulent schemes.

Kimaru was charged with the offenses along with the company’s chief operating officer, Wilberto Rodriguez and Deborah Giordano, a company administrator.

The attorney general’s office said that between 2011 and 2016, Compassionate Homecare billed MassHealth through several fraudulent schemes, including recruiting patients who did not need health services at all.

FORGED SIGNATURES

Prosecutors also said the company “routinely and knowingly” billed MassHealth “for services that had not been authorized by a doctor; in several instances, the company allegedly altered records to make it appear that patients who had been denied care by a doctor had been approved,” according to the telegram.com.

In some cases, prosecutors said, the company forged doctors’ signatures after they refused to authorize questionable services.

Giordano and Rodriguez’s cases ended on Wednesday without pleas or finding under an agreement between prosecutors and their attorneys.

They were both placed on pretrial probation for two years, and their charges will be dismissed after two years if they do not get in trouble with the law.

Giordano was ordered to pay $2,400 in restitution. She agreed to not work in any capacity that will involve her submitting claims to MassHealth for a period of six months.

Rodriguez was ordered not to violate any MassHealth regulations as a condition of his pretrial probation, reports telegram.com.

Kimaru and Rodrigez are scheduled to appear in court again on November 14th for a restitution hearing, which will determine how much restitution if any they will pay.

By Nairobi News

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VIDEO: Raila declares his wealth on National TV, says he is worth Shs 2Billion

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ODM leader Raila Odinga has revealed that the Odinga family is worth Sh2 billion, denying claims that the family has exploited its big influence in politics to make a huge financial fortune.

The former Prime Minister further denied claims that the ongoing Building Bridges Initiative consultative forums have cost the taxpayer Sh10 billion.

The ODM leader clarified that the Odinga family wealth is more in terms of properties the family has acquired over time and the shares they have invested in several companies in the country.

“I am not rich. I am just about Sh2 billion which we own collectively as the Odinga family,” he said, when challenged to declare his wealth.

“The wealth is in terms of property and investment in shares,” he added, pointing that the family is doing anything for the benefit of the People of Kenya and not the luo community.

He denied suggestions that the Odinga family had used its influence to create wealthy for themselves, pointing out that his siblings, just like other Kenyans, are earning salaries from their jibs which they got competitively.

“Our father Odinga died a poor man. There is nothing we inherited from him as his children. It must be remembered that throughout his life that he was in government for only two and half years.”

He was speaking on Sunday during a live interview with the NTV’s Consulting editor Joseph Warungu at his Karen home.

The interview touched on Mr Odinga’s relationship with DP William Ruto, the relationship between the Odingas and Kenyattas, the ongoing debate on the Building Bridges Initiative and his role in the politics beyond 2022.

However, the former PM, who has emerged as the public face of the BBI campaigns, took on the media which he accused of developing a counter narrative on the process, especially the cost incurred so far on the BBI process since it started early last year.

IN particular, he appeared pricked by suggestions that the process has so far gobbled up to Sh10 billion, which he said was propaganda propagated by the media to demonise the process.

“Where is this Sh10 billion,” he asked Mr Warungu, even as he appeared to be agitated. “Who has spent this money and where is it coming from?”

“I sometimes think the media should be bold enough to explain where they get this kind of information of figures from.”

He insisted that the BBI regional campaigns have been cheap as they only require a podium and a public address system.

“People will come on their own as they don’t need to be bused to the venues.”

On Mr Ruto, the former PM said he had no personal problem but revealed that he does not like the DP’s modes operandi, especially in terms of the huge amounts of money he donates to fund raisers every weekend.

He also rejected claims that BBI is an enterprise whose purpose is to sideline Mr Ruto or that he is interfering in decision making in both Jubilee and government.

“I am not in government and therefore the question of interfering does not arise,” he said, dismissing assertion that he maintains a great influence in the manner in which President Kenyatta makes decisions.

“I don’t know about influence because I don’t make decisions in government. In fact I don’t discuss government issues or Jubilee party with the President because he is competent to make such decisions.”

The two were members of ODM during the grand coalition government of between 2008/13 but fell out over the issues related to the indictments related to the 2007/08 post elections issued by the international criminal court.

During the interview Mr Odinga revealed they had fallen out after he, as PM, tried to suspend Mr Ruto over the scandal involving the sale of maize from the National Cereals and Produce Board.

A probe conducted by an audit firm Price Waterhouse had indicted Mr Ruto, then Agriculture Minister, for the scandal in which Mr Ruto had authorized the NCPB to dish out maize to MPs friendly to him who later sold to the Millers, triggering the rise of retail price of maize flour.

However, the suspension was rejected by President Kibaki on the account that he had not been consulted.

“Our relationship is cordial only that he does things that are contrary the known ways of doings things,” he said,

He said the large contributions the DP makes are dubious and only corrupts the national politics.

-Nation.co.ke

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Rashid Abdalla in mourning

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Lulu Hassan’s husband Rashid Abdalla has remembered his late father in a touching post.

The father of three shared an old photo of him, his dad and siblings and captioned it

#sisemikitu THE TURNING TIDE. INSHALLAH SEE YOU IN PARADISE DAD. #imissyou #theredindian #smilewiththeangels #continuerestinginpeace.

Rashid Abdalla
Rashid Abdalla with his late father and siblings

Apart from Rashid Abdalla, other celebrities who’ve lost their fathers include; Kambua, Timeless Noel, Kanze Dena, Daddy Owen, Esther Wahome just to mention but a few.

Gospel artiste cum pastor Esther Wahome lost her father to cancer in July last year and in a lengthy post, she wrote,

RIP my loving dad EV. William Wahome Gikonyo
My dad,my mentor, my spiritual cover, my prophet, my friend, my greatest fan,my cheer leader.
Today is the second day since you were transferred to heaven, and though I know you are in a better place, the pain is unbearable.
You taught me the word, you taught me to be a prayer warrior,you made me understand my kingdom mandate, you taught me music, you taught me how to proclaim and possess all that is my portion, you taught me how to pull down strongholds, you taught me how to take charge! You taught me resilience, You taught me kingdom mysteries, You raised a kingdom giant in me!!!
You released a grace for nations upon me, and nations and kings received me.
Though we have walked a painful journey this year as you battled cancer, I never heard you complain a single time!! you said God is great and good all the time, and those were the words you uttered with your last breath
Iam grateful to have spoken to you in your last minute,to have been there holding you, and to have had you pass on a mantle to me, before you crossed over.
Rest in Paradise great revivalist. RIP Baba Esther Wahome, as you preferred to be called.
RIP EV. William Wahome Gikonyo.

By Mpasho

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VIDEO: Pomp and colour as Real Estate Developer ‘Mahiga Homes Ltd’ celebrates 2nd Anniversary

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ADVERTISER’S MESSAGE: Your number one most trusted real estate developer in East and Central Africa Mahiga homes Ltd celebrated 2nd anniversary in pomp and colour, the event was marked with jubilation as every speaker praised the developer for the great achievements in just two years.

The developer has built and handed over 4 housing projects namely;

*Cornerstone I Estate
*Cornerstone III Estate
*Cornerstone IV Estate
*Kamulu Cornerstone Gardens
The celebrations were attended by several guests and clients who have invested with Mahiga homes.
Kikuyu Diaspora Media CEO Jeremy Damaris and Finance Director Josephine Wairimu graced the event.

Jeremy Damaris had this to say, ‘when Ruhiu told me that he has a project I listened to him and trusted him as my brother, its two years down the line and have never heard any complains from any client.
Mahiga homes Directors thanked and appreciated all the clients from believing in the developer.

Here are the current affordable houses that the developer is selling,
Rockvilla Annex located just 400 meters off tarmac at Joska long kangundo road, Kangundo rd is under construction to upgrade to dual carriageway,Spacious 3 bedroom bungalows master ensuite on plot size 40 by 80 kes 3.95m deposit kes 1.6m then pay the balance in 12 monthly instalments.

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