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A Blatant Admission to Medicaid Fraud by Intercept?

15 Mar

Those of you who are following this news blog, know that we have reported from time to time on the malicious victimization of foster children by some group home operators and Arlington DHS to shift costs for foster care from themselves to Medicaid.   They do this by having the child as having special needs, and then applying for Medicaid to pick up the tab.

Intercept Youth Services is one of those operators who Arlington DHS has used to accomplish this fraudulent deed.   In an incriminating interview with the Chesterfield Observer Mark Bogart, the owner and executive director of Intercept boasted about using this money shifting strategy:

“We haven’t been in the news because we are good operators and keep a low profile,” said Mark Bogert, owner and executive director of Intercept. “We strategically locate to have low impact on neighbors. We avoid locating in bad neighborhoods with bad schools for the sake of the kids and the Commonwealth.”

….Funding for group homes comes from local, state and federal governments. “When we pioneered a federal program that bills Medicaid, we saved the Commonwealth millions of dollars,” explained Bogert. He declined to give further financial information.

Arlington DHS, stop the Medicaid fraud and stop victimizing our kids and their families.

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Arlington County DHS Continuing to Violate Civil Rights of Families

28 Sep

There Arlington Department of Human Services goes again….A new civil rights case was recently filed by Lucienne Moolenaar against the Arlington County Department of Human Services, Jason McCandless, Karen Grane, Tammy Freytag, Aaron Whitehead, Devanshi Patel,  Arlington PD Officer A. Hagg, B. Madgucci, Bruce Benson, and Magistrate Jason Brayton-Lewis,   According to the detailed complaint, after finding herself unemployed in 2012, Ms. Moolenaar found herself in need of housing and other services — all of which Arlington failed to provide.   Seeking to correct the situation, Ms. Mooenaari sought to relocate her family in the Virgin Islands, where her mother lived and she could get support from her family.

Instead of supporting Ms. Moolenaar’s efforts, Arlington CPS began “harrassing” her with complaints — based on hearsay.   After forced entry into Moolenaar ‘s home, “refusing to leave, physically detaining her in her own apartment, intimidating and illegally obtaining coerced information, physically stalking Moolenaari,” Arlington County CPS, and Jason McCandless Assistant County Attorney crafted a second set of allegations of inadequate supervision/neglect to further “their corrupt and deceptive plan of criminal charges and foster care for Complainant’s children.”     They then had a the JDR Court rubber stamp a removal order and placed her children in foster care.

Arlington DHS, with the same employees, followed the same playbook when they illegally and fraudulently removed Ashlie and other children in Arlington from their families.

The US Attorney General must bring charges against Arlington DHS to stop their systematic destruction of poor and minority families to benefit developers in Arlington.   This is corruption of the worst form.  Arlington DHS is using the “child protection laws” to engage in economic and racial cleansing that is repugnant to the US Constitution and the Virginia Constitution — all at wasted taxpayer expense.

Read the entire complaint here.

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Read more about the Ashlie Case here and here, and about the Nancy Hey case here.

Why Arlington Judges Can Get Away With What They Do

28 Jul

Compared to other counties like Fairfax, Arlington Courts are very small, with only three circuit judges and two family court judge, one circuit court judge is the chief judge.   The small size makes for an incestuous relationship between the members of the Arlington Bar and the few judges before which their members regularly appear.

Got a bad judge?  Too bad.  Not much you can do about it.   Judges are immune from being sued.   You can file a complaint with the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission but you will soon find that was a waste of time.   They rarely, if ever, discipline any judges.  [See, if you can find any opinions of judges being disciplined in Virginia…]

A case is going to the US Supreme Court on this very topic.   It seems a family court judge in Detroit, had sex with a witness for one of the parties.   Wayne County Circuit Judge Wade McCree testified during his misconduct hearing about his affair with Geniene La’Shay Mott who appeared as a witness in a child-support case in his court.  (Hear her interview here)  Judge McCree ultimately ruled against the opposing party.  When the losing party attempted to sue in federal court, the court of appeals dismissed citing judicial immunity.

Up until now, the high court essentially has held that anything a judge does in his or her capacity as a judge is covered under the immunity clause. But if, for example, a judge unlawfully fires someone, that’s not covered because because hiring or firing is not considered a judicial activity.

Only a handful of judges nationwide have been successfully sued for civil rights violations. One such case involved a Tennessee juvenile court judge who was accused of violating the civil rights of three women by sexually assaulting them and threatening to take their kids away if they didn’t give in. In 1996, the 6th Circuit denied him judicial immunity from civil liability.

In Arlington, some judges have regularly violated the US Constitution, placing children in psychiatric facilities at Medicaid expense without required due process, denying foster care children their own counsel, holding trials where the parties could not see the witnesses on the witness stand, violating the freedom of speech of litigants without due process, and prohibiting litigants from freely consulting with legal counsel, but nothing happens to these judges.

The outcome of the McCree case could have significant impact on Arlington County judiciary, allowing litigants to sue some of very bad behavior of some if the family court and circuit court judges.

Read more: Detroit Free Press

Must-See Documentary On Flawed US Foster Children System — Taking Away Children From Loving Families

19 Jun

Watch this short version of the documentary, “Place-to-Place” that uncovers the disasters that the foster care system, like the one in Arlington Virginia, are creating at a cost of $8 billion dollars a year, creating homelessness, unwanted teen pregnancies, overdrugging of children, and worst of all, a void in their lives of being with the love of their families.    We hope that every Arlington DHS employee, every family court judge, every legislator, and every GAL watches this and decides, finally, to push for a change in the way they do business and the value (or to this point lack of value) they place on keeping families intact and the love those families provide.

There are 423,000 foster children in the USA.

The USA spends about $8,000,000,000 (eight BILLION) dollars annually on foster “care.”

Twelve million Americans have been in foster “care.” (myself included)

Thirty thousand young people age out of foster “care” each year in the USA.

1 in 7 former foster children (aged out) are homeless at some point before age 21.

Half of all former foster children will be unemployed at some point before age 21.

71 percent of all female former foster children will become pregnant before they are 21.

77 percent of all male former foster children will be arrested prior to their 21st birthday.

A few quotes from the film:

“[If] you set out to design, intentionally, the worst possible child welfare system, it would look like the system we have.” — From Place to Place, anon.

“We move them from a situation of risk, to one of danger, when we place them into these temporary systems…” — From Place to Place, anon.

“The system can never provide real love: real heart-bonded love like a mother has.” – Codie, in From Place to Place

“I needed somebody who gave a damn, and not because they were getting paid to give a damn.” – , in From Place to Place

“How we care for young people in this country really defines the strength of us as a country, and it matters.” – From Place to Place, anon.

“It breaks you down, makes you hurt, tears your heart, kills your belief, and your vigor for life. Rejection hurts. It’s absolutely hell to grow up switching place to place.” – Kirsten, in From Place to Place

“Human beings are very deeply geared towards attachment. We cannot tolerate loneliness. We cannot tolerate being by ourselves. We cannot tolerate being just flecks of dust traveling through the universe. We need to be connected. And of course, our most natural connection system, are our families.” – Bessel Van Der Kolk, founder of The Trauma Center, (Credited with diagnosis of PTSD)

Learn more: Fight CPS

Watch the full length version of the Place to Place documentary on Hulu