Saturday, May 13, 2017
Thursday night Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. invited all twelve Bronx Community Board members to a celebration of the members volunteer work for their respective community board. There are twelve Bronx Community Boards which can have up to fifty members which include the local City Council members (in a non voting position) if their council district overlap a community board.
There was a good turnout of Bronx Community Board members, and there were special treats for the board members to taste from various Bronx eating establishments.
Above and Below - BP Diaz Jr. took some photos with board members who arrived before the ceremony.
Above - Members from Community Board 7.
Below - Members from Community Board 8.
Above - BP Diaz Jr. speaks with his coordinator of Bronx Community Boards Mr. Tom Lucania as the BP enjoys a piece of delicious Lloyd's Carrot Cake, one of the special treats of the night.
Below - Members of the Star of the Sea Cadets get ready to present the colors as the ceremony is about to start.
Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces $5.9 Million Settlement Against Real Estate Corporations Alleged To Have Laundered Proceeds Of Russian Tax Fraud
Defendant Prevezon Holdings Ltd. Agrees to Pay $5,896,333.65, Triple the Fraud Proceeds Alleged to Be Directly Traceable to the Defendants
Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that the United States has settled a money laundering and civil forfeiture action against assets of 11 corporations, including some that own luxury residential and high-end commercial real estate in Manhattan. The Government’s complaint alleged that the defendant corporations laundered some proceeds of a $230 million Russian tax refund fraud scheme involving corrupt Russian officials that was uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who died in pretrial detention in Moscow under suspicious circumstances and was posthumously prosecuted by Russia.
Owner Of Utah-Based Pharmaceutical Wholesale Distributor Sentenced To 60 Months In Prison For Role In $100 Million Black Market Medication Scheme
Hamlet Peralta Told Investors He was Financing Large Wholesale Liquor Purchases, and Instead Used Money to Fund His Lavish Lifestyle and to Pay Back Other Investors
A.G. Schneiderman Announces Joint $54 Million Settlement With Carecore Resolving Allegations Company Submitted Millions In False Claims To Medicaid
NY’s Medicaid Program To Receive Over $7.6 Million In Restitution As Part Of Joint State-Federal Settlement
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today that New York, along with 20 other states, has reached an agreement in principle to join the federal government in a settlement with CareCore National LLC (CareCore), now part of eviCore healthcare that was unsealed today. CareCore provides utilization management services including determinations of medical necessity to New York Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). The agreement settles allegations that CareCore instituted a scheme to auto-approve or “Process As Directed” (“PAD”) hundreds of radiology service requests on a daily basis, deeming those diagnostic services as reasonable and medically necessary, even though there had been no evaluation of those cases by the appropriate medical personnel. CareCore will pay the federal government $54 million, of which $18 million will go to the state Medicaid programs, to resolve allegations that CareCore’s fraudulent “PAD” program caused false claims to be submitted to government health care programs. Of the $18 million, New York’s Medicaid Program will recover over $7.6 million.
“Companies that overbill Medicaid are undermining efforts to help some of our neediest citizens. Since 2011, my office has secured over $1 billion in restitution for Medicaid, and we will continue to vigorously safeguard the integrity of this incredibly vital program,” said Attorney General Schneiderman.
Specifically, the agreement in principle resolves allegations that from January 1, 2005 through June 13, 2013, CareCore developed and implemented the “PAD” program through which CareCore improperly approved over 200,000 prior authorization requests which CareCore initially determined could not be approved based on the information provided. The states’ settlement in principle mirrors the federal settlement agreement regarding CareCore’s conduct that is the subject of the settlement. The federal settlement agreement was filed in federal court and contained CareCore’s admissions and acceptance of responsibility for conduct including:
- Starting in at least 2007 through June 13, 2013, CareCore developed the “PAD” program, and thereafter the “PAD” Program consisted of its Clinical Reviewers improperly approving certain prior authorization requests awaiting physician review on the Medical Queue without having obtained any new objective medical information about the requests, and without a Medical Director having independently reviewed the prior authorization requests.
- From 2007 through June 13, 2013, these “padded”requests were then transmitted to CareCore’s client insurers, including MCOs, as preauthorized requests.
- From 2007 through June 13, 2013, when CareCore approved these padded requests, CareCore made a representation that it had appropriately reviewed the requests when it knew it had not. Thus, those padded requests incorporated CareCore’s false representation that it had approved a case after completing the required review process.
The settlement in principle resolves claims that CareCore auto-approved the requests in an effort to keep up with the volume of preauthorization requests for diagnostic radiology services and to avoid a contractual monetary penalty per case for untimely reviews. The settlement in principle also resolves claims that this practice caused false or fraudulent claims to be submitted to and reimbursed by the State’s Medicaid program, including through its contracted MCOs, for diagnostic procedures that were not properly authorized as medically reasonable or necessary in a manner consistent with the policies and procedures set forth by New York’s Medicaid program and its contracted MCOs, using federal and state funds provided through Medicaid Managed Care.
The settlement in principle resolves allegations asserted in a qui tam action brought by a whistleblower in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. A multi-state team, which included New York’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, participated in the investigation and conducted the settlement negotiations with CareCore on behalf of the states. The team also included representatives of the Florida, Georgia and Ohio Medicaid Fraud Control Units. The states coordinated their investigation in conjunction with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
A.G. Schneiderman Announces $4.19 Million In Settlements With Six Companies That Illegally Purchased And Resold Hundreds Of Thousands Of Tickets To Concerts And Other NY Events
Five of the Companies Regularly Used Illegal Bots To Procure Tickets For Sale On The Secondary Market
One Broker Purchased 1,012 Tickets To A U2 Concert At Madison Square Garden In 1 Minute
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced settlements with six ticket brokers that illegally purchased and resold hundreds of thousands of tickets in New York State since 2011, including on popular ticket resale platforms like StubHub and Vivid Seats.
Five of the companies – Renaissance Ventures, LLC (d/b/a Prestige Entertainment) of Connecticut, Ebrani Corp (d/b/a Presidential Tickets) of New York, Concert Specials, Inc. of New York, Fanfetch Inc. of New York and BMC Capital Partners, Inc. of New York – violated New York’s ticket laws by using illegal software (known as ticket “bots”) to purchase large numbers of tickets on websites such as Ticketmaster.com before the tickets could be obtained by consumers. After obtaining the tickets illegally, resellers then resold them at a large profit to New York consumers, among others. Five of the companies – Prestige Entertainment, Presidential Tickets, Concert Specials, Fanfetch and JAL Enterprises, LLC (d/b/a Top Star Tickets) of Massachusetts – each illegally sold tickets to events in New York over the last several years without first obtaining the required license.
The settlements require that the companies and their principals maintain proper ticket reseller licenses if they wish to resell tickets to New York events, abstain from using bots, and pay penalties for having operated illegally. The settlements require the six companies to pay a combined total of $4.19 million in disgorged profits and penalties to the State.
The Attorney General also announced a settlement with a seventh company, Componica, LLC of Iowa, that developed software libraries used by ticket bots to try to get around tests that websites use to determine if a user is a human or a bot (often referred to as “CAPTCHA” tests). Componica has agreed to not develop or use software to bypass security measures on ticketing websites.
“Unscrupulous ticket resellers who break the rules and take advantage of ordinary consumers are one of the major reasons why ticketing remains a rigged system,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “We will continue to fight to make ticketing a more fair and transparent marketplace, so fans have the opportunity to enjoy their favorite shows and events. Anybody who breaks the law will pay a steep price.”
Attorney General Schneiderman’s investigation found that Prestige Entertainment ran one of the largest ticket purchasing and reselling operations in the United States. Prestige Entertainment used at least two different bots and thousands of credit cards and Ticketmaster accounts to purchase tickets to New York shows. Prestige Entertainment also bought IP addresses from online IP proxy services to evade detection of its bots by retail ticket marketplaces such as Ticketmaster.com. Prestige Entertainment used all of its illegal advantages to great effect, purchasing huge quantities of tickets to popular shows. For example, Prestige Entertainment purchased 1,012 tickets to a 2014 U2 Concert at Madison Square Garden in 1 minute.
Prestige Entertainment paid $3,350,000, Concert Specials paid $480,000, Presidential Tickets paid $125,000, BMC Capital paid $95,000, Top Star Tickets paid $85,000, and Fanfetch paid $55,000.
Since releasing its report on the concert and sports ticket industry titled Obstructed View: What’s Blocking New Yorkers From Getting Tickets in January 2016, the Attorney General’s office has now announced settlements with 15 businesses involved in the illegal ticket trade, including resellers, facilitators, and software developers, for a total of $7.1 million. The office’s broader investigation into the secondary ticketing industry remains ongoing.
In 2016, New York enacted legislation called for by Attorney General Schneiderman that added criminal penalties for bot use to the existing civil penalties. That law took effect in February 2017. The settlements announced to date involved misconduct committed before the new law took effect.
Deputy Chief of Strategic Enforcement/Intergovernmental Relations Division and Chief of Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Bureau
Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that Carmen J. Facciolo has joined the Office as Deputy Chief of Strategic Enforcement/Intergovernmental Relations Division, and Rachel Ferrari will be Chief of the Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Bureau.
District Attorney Clark said, “These new additions to our Office bring a scope of experience that will enhance our excellent staff and help us to give the people of the Bronx the criminal justice system they deserve, with intelligence-driven prosecutions, collaboration with our law enforcement partners and criminal justice stakeholders; and pursuing justice for the most vulnerable and traumatized victims.”
In his new position, Mr. Facciolo will collaborate with federal, state and local agencies on crime strategies and will develop partnerships with criminal justice advocates.
His most recent position was as a senior policy advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he helped manage the DOJ’s efforts to support prosecutors, law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies. He directed DOJ’s Violence Reduction Network efforts in Compton, CA.
Ms. Ferrari will head the Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Bureau, in the Special Victims Division, when she joins the Office later this month.
Her most recent position was Deputy Chief of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Child Abuse Unit, where she supervised and trained attorneys on child abuse cases, oversaw caseloads and investigations and advised on legal and ethical issues, among other duties.
Ms. Ferrari served for 15 years in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, prosecuting approximately 30 trials, including murder, rape and long term sexual abuse of children. In her 10 years in the Child Abuse Unit, she prosecuted felony cases of sexual and physical abuse of children and conducted long-term investigations of abuse at schools, institutional caretakers and religious organizations.
BAHSID MCLEAN INDICTED FOR ASSAULTING CORRECTION OFFICER AFTER HIS CONVICTION FOR MURDERING, DISMEMBERING MOTHER
Defendant Slashed CO at Rikers While Waiting to Be Sent to Prison for Over 25 Years
Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that Bahsid McLean has been indicted on Attempted Assault for stabbing a NYC Department of Correction officer at Rikers Island, where McLean was waiting to be sent to state prison for killing his mother and severing her head.
District Attorney Clark said, “This defendant continued his vicious ways behind bars, assaulting a Correction Officer. If he is convicted of this brutal crime, we will ask that he serve the maximum 15 years, to run consecutively to his 25 years-to-life sentence for murdering his mother.”
District Attorney Clark said McLean, 26, was arraigned yesterday before Bronx Supreme Court Justice William Mogulescu and is due back in court on July 10, 2017. McLean was indicted on Attempted Assault in the first degree and related charges. If convicted on the top charge, McLean could face up to 15 years in prison. He also has a pending assault case involving the slashing of an inmate at Rikers.
According to the investigation, the incident occurred in the West Facility of Rikers Island on December 14, 2016, when McLean used a small weapon to stab Correction Officer Matthew Hines near the eye. Hines sustained a laceration near the eye, briefly lost consciousness and sustained other injuries in the ensuing assault, including a fractured nose.
At the time, McLean was being held at Rikers after being convicted on November 4, 2016, of fatally stabbing his mother, Tanya Bird, on February 25, 2013 and dissecting her body. McLean took “selfie” photos with the victim’s severed head. He was sentenced on that case on December 5, 2016, to 25 years to life in prison for the murder and one and one-third years for the dissection to run consecutively.
An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.
Prestigious Bronx Business
And Leadership Opportunity
For the first time, Members and Friends of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce have the opportunity and are requested to nominate successful professionals to serve on the Board of Directors of The Bronx Chamber of Commerce.
The members of the Board of Directors are prominently featured for special recognition in the Annual Bronx Business Directory & Resource Guide with their name, title, company, and photo. The members of the Board of Directors are also listed on the official stationery and website of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce.
The Board of Directors of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce is the policy making body of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce. The members of the Board of Directors are prominent individuals and professionals in the business community and highly recognized for their business acumen, integrity and ethics.
Following are specific duties and responsibilities of the members of the Board of Directors:
I. Serve as an Ambassador and promote membership to the Bronx Chamber of Commerce to business associates, colleagues, and vendors with the clear understanding that a strong and successful Bronx Chamber of Commerce directly benefits each individual member and the entire business community of The Bronx.
II. Attend at least 2 quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors which usually take place in conjunction with another event sponsored by the Bronx Chamber of Commerce such as a Heritage Luncheon, Business Expo or Annual Holiday Party.
III. Serve as an example to the membership by attending networking events, greet attendees and speak highly of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce.
IV. Serve on at least one or more committees of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce to interact with fellow members to share ideas, common interests and promote the Strategic Plan of the Bronx Chambers of Commerce.
V. Provide financial support to the Bronx Chamber of Commerce as a Corporate Sponsor or Small Business Sponsor and/or encourage other members to be a Corporate Sponsor or Small Business Sponsor.
To process your nominations, please forward name, contact information and biography up to 150 words for each nominee before.
Please forward your nominations to Nunzio Del Greco, President and CEO via email: Nunzio@BronxChamber.org
The Bronx Chamber of Commerce is one of the most influential, professional and successful organizations and voice for over 30,000 businesses in Bronx County. Professionals and companies are drawn to the successful companies and active members affiliated with The Bronx Chamber of Commerce. Membership includes businesses ranging from large corporations, Cultural Institutions, Universities and Colleges, Hospitals and Medical Centers, non-profits, and mid-sized to small companies.
I look forward to receiving your nominations!
Nunzio Del Greco
President and CEO
Bronx Chamber of Commerce
President and CEO
Bronx Chamber of Commerce
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