Jodi Leonore Latson: Quite the Alleged Medicare Defrauder

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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 nationwide Medicare crackdown announced today.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Latson gathered up names of potential Medicare beneficiaries, set up a boiler-room operation to recruit them via telemarketing calls, and then sold the info "to 100 different home health care agencies in exchange for illegal payments."

The 100 companies submitted bogus Medicare reimbursement requests using the info totaling $61.5 million.

Another Houstonian was also netted in the operation, but he was a two-bit $700,000 player, so therefore brought only shame on our city's big-time swindler rep.

The operation resulted in the arrest of 91 people responsible for $295 million in fraudulent billing, the Department of Justice announced. The most well-represented area of the country was the Medicare promised land of South Florida.

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karMan
karMan

I hope Jodi reads this: Proverbs 16:8...

that's what you get, Jodi
that's what you get, Jodi

I'm glad they caught this fraud. When I was a waiter for Landry's, I waited on Latson and some of her "employees." She offered me a job in "marketing." When I told her I had no experience in that field, she said she'd teach me what I needed to know. At first, I even had my own office, but eventually I was "moved" to the floor in what seemed like a telemarketing scheme. They were always telling us to make sure we never refer to people's Medicare number as their SSN. Fishy! My paycheck was a handwritten check from a regular checkbook. What made me even more suspicious was when our phones got disconnected. I didn't even get paid for my last two weeks there although I was paid by the hour. The TWC ruled in my favor, but she weaseled her way out of paying me. She stood flat-footed and told me, "I'm not gonna pay you." Well, revenge is a mofo, but karma is a b!+c#!

Gary Packwood
Gary Packwood

Quoting ::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.::Exactly. These criminals must have given up any smarts they had at one time.

Perhaps after several years of pulling off this fraud you get hungry for power and the cops know that.

They just wait until you do yourself in.

Amazing.

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