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DME Owner Heads to Prison for Multiple Counts of Health Care Fraud

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON – Andrea Michelle Tellison, 47, was ordered to federal prison for eight years following her convictions of 14 counts of health care fraud and seven counts of aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. A jury convicted Tellison April 2, 2014, following three days of trial and less than two hours of deliberation.

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Houston-area Diploma Mill Shut Down

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The Texas attorney general’s office resolved the state’s enforcement action against an “academy” that falsely claimed to be an accredited educational institution.

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Corpus Christi Doctor Heads to Prison for Fraudulent Health Care Billing Scheme

Texas Business reports: CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas—Roque Joel Ramirez, 48, of Robstown, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of mail fraud in connection with his scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid through fraudulent billings, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. 

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In Power Line Dispute, Rancher Questions Wiggle Room

RHOME — Johnny Vinson is not your typical underdog. At 82, he is a rancher who has sold more land than most rural Texans could imagine owning. And he has plenty left to stand on, including more than 3,500 acres in Wise County that have ample room for dozens of gas wells, grazing cattle, a ranch house and staff living quarters. 

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Former Employee at Desoto’s Medistat Group Associates Sentenced for Role in Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

Texas Business reports: DALLAS — Jerry C. Bullard, 57, of Mesquite, Texas, was sentenced this afternoon, by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay, to 33 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $317,779 in restitution, following his guilty plea in February 2012 to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.  Bullard worked in the durable medical equipment department of Medistat Group Associates, Inc., an association of health care providers in Desoto, Texas. 

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Regulations Could Harm Texas' Bid for Tesla Plant

Gov. Rick Perry, far from shy in his efforts to reel in jobs from other states — especially California — often declares Texas “wide open for business.” 

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Trinity East Sues Dallas for Denying Drilling Rights

An oil and gas producer is suing the city of Dallas, which denied the company drilling rights to mineral interests it leased from the city.  

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Keystone XL Southern Leg Nears Activation

Time is quickly running out for Texans fighting the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline.

As its operator prepares to start pumping crude oil underground from Cushing, Okla., to refineries on Texas’ Gulf Coast, citizen activists are calling for more testing of the line, saying that months-old warning letters sent by federal regulators to the pipeline's operator provide reason for concern about the line’s integrity. 

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North Texans Challenge Drillers Over Royalties

Chesapeake Energy’s mark on Fort Worth is hard to miss.

The company’s 20-story office building is a prominent fixture of the Fort Worth skyline. And Chesapeake, the second-biggest driller in the Barnett Shale in North Texas, owns many of the hundreds of drilling pads nestled among the city’s homes, schools and playgrounds.

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Perry Misses Deadline on Red River Boundary Issue

Gov. Rick Perry doesn't appear to be in a hurry to address the confusion swirling around Texas’ border with Oklahoma.

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NFWF Announces $8.8 Million for Gulf Restoration Projects in Texas

Texas Business reports: WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced $8.8 million for five Texas projects that address high priority conservation needs. 

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Trio Ordered to Prison for Health Care Fraud

Texas Business reports: McALLEN—Two former clinic staffers and a physician assistant’s wife have all been ordered to prison for conspiracy to defraud Medicare and the Texas Medicaid program in the operation of the Mission Clinic and La Hacienda Family Clinic, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.


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Houston Woman Sentenced to Prison for Health Care Fraud

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Comfort Gates, 48, was sentenced by U.S District Judge David C. Godbey, to 72 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $830,000 in restitution following her conviction at trial in April 2013 on charges stemming from her involvement in the operation of Euless Healthcare Corporation (EHC) and Medic Healthcare Incorporated (Medic). 

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McAllen Area Ambulance Company Owner and Former Biller Indicted on Multiple Health Care Crimes

Texas Business reports: McALLEN -‐ Frank Gonzalez, 30, and Graciela Escamilla, 51, both of Mission, have been charged in a federal indictment for their alleged roles in a scheme to defraud Medicare and Texas Medicaid through fraudulent billings, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson and the Texas Attorney General's Office.  

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Sugar Land Physician Sentenced to Federal Prison for Diagnostic Testing Scam

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Donald Gibson II, 57, of Sugar Land, is headed to prison following his conviction for conspiracy to commit health care fraud relating to medically unnecessary diagnostic testing and physical therapy, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced.

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Two Grand Prairie Men Convicted of Health Care Fraud in Case Investigated by State and Federal Officials

Texas Business reports: DALLAS — A federal jury has convicted two local men on conspiracy and health care fraud charges related to their operation of a physician house call company in North Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. 

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Fougera Pharmaceuticals resolves Texas civil Medicaid fraud drug pricing investigation

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—The Texas Attorney General’s Office announced the resolution of a civil Medicaid fraud investigation that returns more than $10 million to the State of Texas. 

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Lawmaker Defends Prada Marfa Against Permit Questions

The uncertain future of Prada Marfa, an art installation erected eight years ago outside the tiny West Texas town, is drawing the attention of the Texas Legislature. 

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Former Exel Transportation Services Employees Sentenced In Federal Corporate Hacking Case

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Joseph Roy Brown, 39, of Collierville, Tennessee, and John Michael Kelly, 43, of Plano, Texas, were sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis, to twelve months and one day in prison, and a 12-month term of probation, respectively, following their guilty pleas earlier this year to their roles in a corporate hacking conspiracy. 

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Dallas Hair Braider to Sue Over Regulations

Isis Brantley has been braiding hair for more than 30 years, and she wants to pass her trade on, teaching others the techniques she has used on clients ranging from musician Erykah Badu to homeless Dallas residents. 

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Two USA Dry Van Trucking Company Ex-Executives Convicted in $26 Million Fraud Scheme

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Aurelio “Jim” Aleman, 59, and Oscar Barbosa, 50, have been convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Aleman was the former chief operations officer of USA Dry Van Logistics (USADV), a cross-border trucking company that services the maquiladora industry. Barbosa was the former controller of the company. 

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Attorney General’s Office Shuts Down Unauthorized Austin-Based Immigration Consultant

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—The Texas Attorney General’s Office secured an agreed final judgment and permanent injunction against Austin-based nonprofit Cristo Vive for providing unauthorized legal services in the Travis County area. 

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Two Robstown Women Convicted of Health Care Fraud

Texas Business reports: CORPUS CHRISTI—Sylvia Salinas Ramirez, of Driscoll, and Debra Jean Velasquez, of Robstown, have been convicted of wire fraud and conspiring to do so as part of a scheme to defraud the Texas Medicaid program through fraudulent home health billings, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced.

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Former Texas Fruit Cake Bakery Executive Accused of Stealing $16.6 Million

Texas Business reports:  CORSICANA, Texas—Sandy Jenkins, 64, of Corsicana, Texas, was arrested by special agents of the FBI earlier this week on a federal criminal complaint charging mail fraud. Jenkins allegedly defrauded the Collin Street Bakery of $16.6 million. 


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Gulf Chemical’s Freeport Facility to Pay $7.5 Million for Violating Texas Environmental Laws

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The Texas Attorney General’s Office resolved the state’s environmental enforcement action against Gulf Chemical & Metallurgical Corporation (GCMC).

Under an agreed judgment negotiated by the state, GCMC must pay Texas $7.5 million for its Freeport industrial manufacturing facility’s failure to comply with state environmental quality laws.

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Texas Attorney General’s Office Files Action to Halt Practices of Senior Dating Service

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The Texas Attorney General’s Office obtained a temporary restraining order and asset freeze against a specialized dating service that targeted senior citizens, disabled Texans and veterans. 

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OSHA Cites Brownsville’s National Electric Coil for Failure to Monitor Asbestos Exposure

Texas Business reports: BROWNSVILLE, Texas—The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited National Electric Coil Co. LP in Brownsville with eight safety violations, including one willful and one repeat violation, with proposed penalties totaling $120,000. 

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Dallas-Area Durable Medical Equipment Company Sentenced for Defrauding Medicare and Medicaid

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Philip Odoemena, 60, the former owner/operator of Kingsway Medical Systems, Inc., (Kingsway) was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 35 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $483,995 in restitution, following his guilty plea in September 2012 to one count of health care fraud. 

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Beaumont Orthodontist Guilty Of Health Care Fraud Violations

Texas Business reports:  BEAUMONT, Texas—A 70-year-old Beaumont orthodontist last week pled guilty to  health care fraud violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales. 

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Houston Man Arrested in Health Care Fraud Scheme

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Mathew U. Okorocha, 63, has been indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. 

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SEC Charges Two Executives in Ponzi Scheme At Dallas-Based Medical Insurance Company

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The Securities and Exchange Commission charged two executives at a Dallas-based medical insurance company with operating a $10 million Ponzi scheme that victimized at least 80 investors.

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OSHA cites oil and gas industry pressure pumping services company for safety and health hazards at Valley View, Texas, work site

Texas Business reports: VALLEY VIEW, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited PumpCo Energy Services Inc. for 14 safety and health workplace violations for exposing workers to hazards at the company's maintenance facility in Valley View. 

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U.S., Arkansas File Joint Complaint Against Texas-based ExxonMobil for Pegasus Pipeline Oil Spill

Texas Business reports:  IRVING—Today the United States and the state of Arkansas filed a joint enforcement action against ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and Mobil Pipe Line Company (ExxonMobil) in federal district court in Little Rock, Ark. 

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Ryan Law Acquires Brusniak & Associates

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Ryan Law, a national firm specializing in state and local tax, acquired Brusniak & Associates, a Texas property tax law firm.  

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Former Vice President of University Medical Center in Lubbock Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Mail Fraud

Texas Business reports:  LUBBOCK—Robert Gregory Bruce, aka Greg Bruce, 46, appeared in federal court before U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings and pleaded guilty to an information charging one count of mail fraud and aiding abetting, stemming from a fraud scheme he ran while he served as a vice president of University Medical Center (UMC) in Lubbock. 

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Stafford DME Owner Heads to Federal Prison for Health Care Fraud and Identity Theft

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Abdul Waheed Alex Shittu, 55, a naturalized United States citizen from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been sentenced to 81 months in federal prison following his convictions of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and aggravated identity theft, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced. 

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OSHA Cites Timpson, Texas, Sawmill After Worker Killed

Texas Business reports:  TIMPSON, Texas—The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Nix Forest Industries Inc. in Timpson, Texas, with 17 safety and health violations, including one willful, after a worker was killed in December 2012 when he was struck by a broken band saw blade and other workers were exposed to hazards at the sawmill. 

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Parkland Memorial Hospital Pays Nearly $1.4 Million To Resolve Allegations It Submitted Improper Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation Claims

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Dallas County Hospital District d/b/a Parkland Health and Hospital System (Parkland) settled allegations it violated the civil False Claims Act and Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. 

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Houston-area Doctors Ordered to Pay More than $37 Million in Restitution in Health Care Fraud

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Doctors Arun and Kiran Sharma, two Houston-area physicians previously sentenced for defrauding Medicare, Medicaid and more than a dozen private insurers, have appeared in federal court for a resentencing hearing on restitution and forfeiture issues, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced. 

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Mid-Sized Investment Advisers Shifted to State Oversight

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—Texas Securities Commissioner John Morgan recently announced a report documenting the successful completion of the transfer of mid-sized investment advisers (IAs) from federal to oversight by state regulators. 

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AG’s Office Secures Asset Freeze, Temporary Injunction against Couple Charged with Scamming Timeshare Contract Customers

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—A state district court in Dallas issued a temporary injunction and maintained an ongoing asset freeze against a local firm charged with defrauding timeshare customers. 

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Fraudulent “Notarios” and Unauthorized Immigration Consultants Shut Down in South Texas

Texas Business reports: MCALLEN – The Texas Attorney General’s Office shut down three fraudulent “notario” operations in the Rio Grande Valley. 

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Texas Files Suit Against BP for Damages Caused By 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The State of Texas filed a lawsuit against BP America and other defendants for their role in the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon offshore oil spill. 

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Dallas Woman Who Caused Credit Union Insolvency Sentenced to 78 Months, Ordered to Pay Approximately $3.43 Million Restitution

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—Theresa Portillo, 44, of Dallas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 78 months (six and one-half years) in federal prison and ordered to pay $3,431,000 in restitution, following her guilty plea in January 2013 to a felony information charging one count of embezzlement of funds from a credit union. 

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Dallas Residents Affiliated with Bridgemark Investment Group Plead Guilty

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—On the day before their trial was to begin in federal court, Dallas residents Eric Damon Johnson and Tracie Elaine Stenson pleaded guilty to their roles in a mortgage fraud conspiracy that they ran in Dallas, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. 

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Bryan Chiropractic Clinic Owner Convicted in $3 Million Automobile Insurance Fraud

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—The owner of a now defunct chiropractic clinic in Bryan has pleaded guilty to engaging in a conspiracy to defraud various automobile insurance companies of more than $3 million, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. 

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Unlawful Legal Services Provider Shut Down

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN – The Texas Attorney General’s Office resolved the state’s enforcement action against Austin-based legal services provider Just for People Inc. 

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Texplainer: Who Oversees Texas' Fertilizer Plants?
Hey, Texplainer: Which state and federal agencies were responsible for overseeing and regulating the fertilizer plant in West that exploded last week, killing 14 and injuring at least 200? Full Story »
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What Went Wrong in West, Texas — and Where Were the Regulators?

A week after a blast at a Texas fertilizer plant killed at least 15 people and hurt more than 200, authorities still don’t know exactly why the West Chemical and Fertilizer Company plant exploded.


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West Explosion Raises Regulatory Questions

Recovery efforts continued Friday in West, two days after the town was devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion. And as investigators search for the cause of the explosion, environmentalists said that the situation highlighted lax regulations in Texas for plants handling dangerous chemicals.

 
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Attorney General's Office Secures Asset Freeze Against Dallas ‘Debt Management’ Firm

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The Texas Attorney General’s Office charged a Dallas-based debt management firm with defrauding its customers. 

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Amarillo Doctor Ordered to Prison for Health Care Fraud Following State and Federal Probe

Texas Business reports: AMARILLO—Michael David Goodwin, 63, an orthodontist who practiced in Amarillo and Crown Point, Indiana, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson to 50 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $1,810,960 in restitution, following his guilty plea in December 2012 to one count of health care fraud related to the Texas Medicaid program. 

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OSHA cites Tricon Precast in Houston for exposing workers to health hazards

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Tricon Precast Ltd. with 21 alleged serious violations and three other-than-serious violations following an October 2012 complaint inspection for exposing workers to struck-by, electrical, fall hazards and numerous other unsafe working conditions at the company's Henry Road facility in Houston. 

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Trio Convicted of Health Care Fraud in State and Federal Probe

Texas Business reports: DALLAS — Following a seven-day trial, before U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey, a federal jury convicted three defendants on health care fraud and related charges stemming from their involvement in the operation of Euless Healthcare Corporation (EHC) and Medic Healthcare Incorporated (Medic), announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. 

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Former Doctor Pleads Guilty in $19 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Donald Gibson II, 56, of Richmond, was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud relating to medically unnecessary diagnostic testing and physical therapy, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced.  

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Bio-Diesel Fuel Company Owner Sentenced To 188 Months In Federal Prison On Wire Fraud, Money Laundering And False Statements Convictions

Texas Business reports: LUBBOCK, Texas — Jeffrey David Gunselman, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 188 months in federal prison, fined $175,000 and ordered to pay $54,973,137 in restitution, following his guilty plea in December 2012 to an Indictment charging 51 counts of wire fraud, 24 counts of money laundering and four counts of making false statements in violation of the Clean Air Act. 

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TCEQ Fines I.E. Dupont de Nemours

Texas Business reports: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today approved penalties totaling $1,175,956 against 78 regulated entities for violations of state environmental regulations. 

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