Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Philip Odoemena, 59, the former owner/operator of Kingsway Medical Systems Inc., appeared this morning in federal court in Dallas and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma C. Ramirez to one count of health care fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
Odoemena, who has been in custody since his arrest in early May 2012, faces a maximum statutory sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution.
Sentencing is set for January 4, 2013.
According to documents filed in the case, from February 2005 to May 2012, Odoemena owned and operated Kingsway, a durable medical equipment (DME) company that was first located in Desoto, Texas, and then in Richardson, Texas.
He was approved by both Medicare and Texas Medicaid to provide durable medical equipment, including wheelchairs and accessories, adult incontinence supplies and enteral nutrition supplies (tube feeding) to Medicare beneficiaries and Medicaid clients.
Odoemena admitted that from May 2007 through March 2012, he ran a scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid by submitting fraudulent claims that falsely represented that legitimate and qualifying supplies were provided and that falsely represented the medical necessity of the supplies.
In one instance, for example, he billed Medicaid $870 for tube feeding supplies for a Medicaid client, when, in fact, he merely provided that client an oral nutritional supplement. Medicaid paid Kingsway $826 for that claim — funds that Odoemena used for his own personal benefit.
The case is being investigated by the FBI, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Inspector General, and the Texas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. To learn more health care fraud, please visit: http://stopmedicarefraud.gov.
The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian W. Portugal and Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine E. Pfeifle.
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