… from Press TV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: You just can’t make this stuff up. I mean in this day and age you would think they would have fraud software to trigger uncovering any anomalies much sooner than this, especially for any new billable medical items, and even moreso when they came in under the evaluation testing threshold.
I don’t see the word court-marshal used anywhere in the story below. What’s up wid dat? I thought the military always made examples of their crooks, At $300 a month in kickbacks per soldier that had to involve lot of people to run up $65 million scam bill.
The $2.7 trillion major bread missing in the last big audit also has not generated the court-marshal word being used in any of these stories, an indication that the “Doo doo happens” fairy is able to make the whole story disappear after a few days.
Meanwhile no one in Congress posed the obvious parry to the problem, “No more money until you find out what happened to the missing dough, or that no retirement time would accrue until the money was found …Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … February 12, 2019 –
The US military has been caught up in yet another embarrassing gaffe, this time wasting more than $65 million on fake scar creams.
The scheme involved a former member of the US Marine Corps, several doctors and health workers as well as a pharmacy in the state of Tennessee, who exploited a loophole in the TRICARE insurance to sell veterans $30 tubes of scar healing cream for a whopping $14,500.
Two doctors and a nurse at a Tennessee clinic have already pleaded guilty to defrauding the military insurance service for more than $65 million since 2015.
Court documents revealed that former Marine Joshua Morgan, “targeted Marines around Camp Pendleton, often by convincing the Marines they were joining a drug trial for the pain and scar creams. Marines were paid about $300 in illegal kickbacks each month.”
“The Marine was being paid to get medicine he didn’t need. A Tennessee doctor he had never met wrote him a medicinal cream prescription, which was being filled by a pharmacy in Utah. The military covered the bill and the Marine got a cash kickback from somebody,” according to the Nashville Tennessean, which first uncovered the scheme.
Cream That Nobody Needed Cost Military $65 Million https://jezebel.com/fake-scar-cream-that-nobody-needed-costs-military-65-m-1832510145 …
Aren’t we sick of this? This massive corruption and theft from society for DECADES, NOTHING is done. And YOU cant have medicare.
“cream costs $30 on Amazon, but for the military, a tube of cream is $14k”
Fake Scar Cream That Nobody Needed Cost Military $65 Million
A tube of Mederma scar cream costs around $30 on Amazon, but for the military, a tube of scar cream runs $14k and doesn’t actually treat scars.
Joshua and his accomplices made a fortune by using a TRICARE loophole concerning “compounded” medications which rely on mixing several medicines into a single treatment.
TRICARE fully covers such medicines even if their effectiveness has not been certified by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The news comes only days after a US military contractor admitted that he had tricked the Pentagon into buying used or fake electronic parts that ended up being installed on the US Air Force’s strategic B-2 nuclear bombers.
Rogelio Vasquez, the owner of California-based PRB Logics Corporation, pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit military chips and fuses that were old, used or discarded from China and selling them to the US military by deceptively marking them as brand new.
“Some of the counterfeit parts in this case were installed in military applications, which means the trafficking of these circuits posed a threat to national security,” Nick Hanna, US Attorney for the Central District of California, said in a statement.
The Pentagon has been accused of wasting large chunks of its roughly $700 billion budget every year on bogus parts coming from China and other countries.
Last year, the first-ever audit of the of the $2.7 trillion enterprise that is the Pentagon identified widespread problems in the way the money was spent, concluding that trillions of dollars in the Defense Department’s budget remained unaccounted for.