Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Your Tax Dollars at Work


The taxpayer funded, government program for military personnel, their dependents and retirees.

Seems $100,000,000 of our money is missing.

The Associated Press has caught up with a "little-noticed investigation" of the U.S. military's health insurance program in the Philippines, where some veterans have teamed up with doctors, hospitals and clinics to swindle more than $100 million through phony claims.

Little noticed investigation.

Curious wording. Who failed to notice $100M in missing money?

"There just seemed to be so many possibilities for abuse of the system, and there were so few controls in terms of monitoring," said former U.S. Attorney Peg Lautenschlager, who oversaw prosecutions in the late 1990s.

So many possibilities for abuse.

So few controls.

This is comforting.

A Pentagon spokesman for Tricare told AP the fraud has been hard to prove because of language barriers, a lack of cooperation from providers and limited law enforcement resources. He said that controls have been added and that Tricare is working to stop fraud.

Lack of cooperation. I am appalled.

Working to stop the fraud. In other words, it still exists.

Well that is certainly comforting.
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