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Russian Diplomats Scammed Medicaid For Years

From an unfazed ABC News:

Russian Diplomats Scammed Medicaid for $1.5 Million, Complaint Claims

By AARON KATERSKY and CHRISTINA NG | December 5, 2013

Four dozen Russian diplomats and their spouses have fraudulently been using Medicaid to cover the costs of pregnancy and child birth over the last decade, costing American taxpayers $1.5 million, the FBI said today in a criminal complaint.

The complaint unsealed today claims that from 2004 to 2013 there were 63 births to Russian diplomats stationed in New York, and 58 of them were paid for by Medicaid…

Medicaid is designed to help low-income individuals and families afford health care. Recipients must generally be U.S. citizens or qualified immigrants, the complaint explains. Diplomats, including their spouses and children, are not considered to be qualified immigrants.

However, proof of U.S. citizenship is not required for pregnant women completing an "Access NY Healthcare" application, according to the documents, because the unborn child is presumed to acquire citizenship when they are born in the country.

If that’s true of New York, it’s probably true everywhere. So how come we have never been told about this exception before? Instead, all we hear is that illegal aliens using Medicaid is myth promulgated by crazy right-wingers.

By the way, does a fetus’s presumed ‘citizenship’ also mean that Medicaid will pay for abortions, too?

Federal prosecutors allege the diplomats under-reported their incomes on the applications in order to qualify for Medicaid benefits.

The complaint states that before, during and after receiving Medicaid benefits those same diplomats "spent tens of thousands of dollars" on luxury goods at Swarovski, Tiffany & Co., Bloomingdale’s and Jimmy Choo…

The goods included luxury watches, clothes, shoes, jewelry, electronics, concert tickets and robotic cleaning devices, the complaint said…

Don’t worry. That could never happen with non-diplomats.

The complaint asks that 49 accused Russian diplomats and spouses be arrested, but because of diplomatic immunity for embassy officials none have been arrested…

Hey, we don’t arrest illegal aliens for such small potatoes, either.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, December 6th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Russian Diplomats Scammed Medicaid For Years”

  1. Astravogel

    Russians are not “qualified immigrants?” Why not? Mexicans are.

    • yadayada

      Because, Astra- they are too small of a voting bloc. (and possibly because most of them are old enough to remember the feelings and effects of socialism and would not likely vote for it)

  2. Everyone but you and me is scamming the Federal Government and I’m starting to wonder about you ..

    • captstubby

      LOL

      Maid: He’s crazy!

      Martin: They’re all crazy. They’re all crazy except you and me. Sometimes I have my doubts about you.

      Maid: Yes.

      Dracula 1931

  3. USSFreedom

    $$$$$$$ — 1.5 Million just a drop in the largest septic tank on the planet compared to the border hopping Senoritas dropping the anchor babies paid for by US taxpayer monies. I have long realized it’s futile to moan about cash taken from us in the form of taxes upon taxes stacked upon taxes then bundled and distributed willy-nilly among various groups of non-citizens and programs that only created more taxes to keep them afloat. We are never going to get it back so, ” F[orget] It!” Find a way to give them less, as so many have in the past. Barter, trade and live a bit more in the shadows as the mounting National debt climbs beyond a level of sustainability of even paying the interest on it. Prepare for a collapse of the system and make sure you can defend those dear to you.




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