A Heartless & Criminal Ear Care Scam Erupts in Dallas

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The Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, just announced one of the country’s largest Medicare frauds in recent history. The announcement was made on June 22nd, 2016. The fraud was an ear care relate scam that targeted senior citizens more than any other generation. The scam spans throughout the country, though the epicenter is Dallas, Texas.

 

The Culprits

There are plenty of people to blame, and the Attorney General is making sure that everyone who is guilty is indicted, but there is one couple that is taking most of the heat in Dallas. That couple is Harlan R. Hill and Latecia P. Hill, though the Latecia’s mother was also indicted. Harlan is 52 years of age and is the owner of Total Senior Ear Care while his wife was the administrator of the company. Latecia is 50 years of age. Her mother is 71, and she was in charge of running day-to-day operations and marketed the company to nursing homes around Dallas.

The entire family was indicted with 15 counts of health care fraud. As of right now, the investigations have exposed that the couple stole more than 5.1 million dollars from the defendants that are suing. This does not include the people who have not come forth.

 

The Scam

The scam consisted of several deceptions and wrongdoings that are simply malicious to say the least. It seems that Latecia, along with the rest of her family, told nursing homes that their company was able to provide on-site ear care to their elderly residents. The company promised a comprehensive evaluation by professional ear, nose, and throat doctors. Total Senior Ear Care hired several physicians and medical assistants whenever a nursing home hired them to provide complete care to the facilities. The contracted physicians and medical assistants were told to complete an entire sweep of the facility, leaving no person untreated. The company ensured that every patient was treated, even if ear-related services were not required.

The company would sometimes report seeing about 100 people in just one day. The visits usually took about five minutes, though the time reported to Medicare was much longer. Latecia and her mother told their staff to see a patient even if the patient was unconscious or not moving. Apparently, the daughter and mother would instruct their staff that a mere eye movement should be interpreted as consent for some of the following:

  • Ear exam
  • Ear cleaning
  • Ear-probe testing

The fraudulent family ordered staff to check for ear wax on patients and claim that an ear wax cleaning was performed, even though these services were not provided. The company also diagnosed most patients with the same ailment, which was sensorineural hearing loss. This condition was not diagnosed in any way by a medical professional. Many of their medical assistants were asked to performed unnecessary hearing-related screenings to write even more fraudulent bills.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations has seized the Hill’s home, which is worth about 400,000 dollars and two relatively new Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Hopefully, the victims see this family pay for all of their wrongdoings.

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Dallas is a major city in the state of Texas and is the largest urban center of the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. The city proper ranks ninth in the U.S. and third in Texas after Houston and San Antonio. The city’s prominence arose from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries, and its position along numerous railroad lines. The bulk of the city is in Dallas County, of which it is the county seat; however, sections of the city are located in Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties. The city is the largest economic center of the 12-county Dallas Fort worth Arlington metropolitan area.

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The most famous event held in Dallas is the State Fair of Texas, which has been held annually at Fair Park since 1886. The fair is a massive event, bringing in an estimated $350 million to the city’s economy annually. The Red River Shootout, which pits the University of Texas at Austin against The University of Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl also brings significant crowds to the city. The city also hosts the State Fair Classic and Heart of Dallas Bowl at the Cotton Bowl. These events are worth enjoying for.

Other well-known festivals in the area include several Cinco de Mayo celebrations hosted by the city’s large Mexican American population, and Saint Patrick’s Day parade along Lower Greenville Avenue, Juneteenth festivities, Taste of Dallas, the Deep Ellum Arts Festival, the Greek Food Festival of Dallas, the annual Halloween event “The Wake” featuring lots of local art and music, and two annual events on Halloween include; a Halloween parade on Cedar Springs Road and a “Zombie Walk” held in Downtown Dallas in the Arts District.

The Dallas Museum of Art is another place that one must visit while there stay at Dallas. It is a major art museum located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, along Woodall Rodgers Freeway between St. Paul and Harwood. The museum collection is made up of more than 24,000 objects, dating from the third millennium BC to the present day. It is also defined by its dynamic exhibition policy and award-winning educational programs.

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Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge another best thing in Dallas which gives best view to the visitors. The gleaming, unearthly optics of this newly-opened bridge 56 central cables is best viewed driving the vehicle-only link between Dallas’ wealthy downtown and rising neighborhoods, but the structure, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava’s creation amazes even when viewed from far and wide.