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: HOUSTON—Abdul Waheed Alex Shittu, 54, a naturalized United States citizen from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been charged in a 21-count indictment with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced.
Shittu was arrested this morning and will make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Milloy later today. The United States is expected to seek detention of Shittu pending further criminal proceedings.
The sealed indictment was returned July 19, 2012, and unsealed upon his arrest.
According to the indictment, between Dec. 1, 2008, and Sept. 30, 2009, Shittu - the owner of S & S Medical Supply Etc. in Stafford, Texas - engaged in a scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid. The indictment alleges Shittu purchased physician orders from recruiters and marketers that contained forged physician signatures. He allegedly submitted claims to Medicare and Medicaid for durable medical equipment (DME) and orthotic devices that were not delivered, not wanted and not needed by Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries and not based on orders written by physicians who saw and evaluated the beneficiaries.
The aggravated identity theft charges are the result of the alleged unauthorized use of the National Provider Identification and Universal Provider Identification Numbers of at least four physicians to submit claims to Medicare. The wire fraud charges stem from the actual electronic filing of the claims and receipt of electronic payments from Medicare, according to the indictment. During the alleged conspiracy, Shittu submitted approximately $1,267,882.50 in fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid and received $414,516.61 for those claims.
The possible punishments upon conviction for conspiracy to commit health care fraud and health care fraud are up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, while a conviction for wire fraud carries a possible punishment of up to 20 years in prison. If convicted of aggravated identity theft, Shittu faces an additional possible two-year mandatory minimum imprisonment term which must be served consecutively to any term of imprisonment imposed for the underlying crime.
The investigation is the result of a joint investigation conducted by agents from the Department of Health and Human Services-Office of the Inspector General and the Attorney General’s Office – Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Assistant United States Attorney Julie Redlinger is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.
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