Friday, August 09, 2013

Federal Gov't Probes Planned Parenthood for Fraud

In the wake of the Planned Parenthood Texas affiliate paying a $4.3 million settlement for Medicaid fraud, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) has begun to investigate how Planned Parenthood spends over half a billion dollars of taxpayer money annually.

For background, read Planned Parenthood Fined $4.3 Million for Medicaid Fraud in Texas and also read Planned Parenthood Faces $5.5 Billion (with a "B") Fine for Fraud in Iowa as well as Planned Parenthood Found Bilking Medicaid in Washington

Bottom line: Planned Parenthood's Goal is to Defraud Taxpayers

In addition, read Taxpayers Provide 46% of Planned Parenthood's $Billion$

UPDATE 2/8/14: Planned Parenthood Pays $2M to Hide Wrongful Death

-- From "GAO opens investigation into Planned Parenthood's use of taxpayer money" posted at 8/8/13

. . . The GAO’s investigation is in response to a request made by more than 50 members of Congress in February who asked for a detailed report on how money is being used by Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers across the country.

Specifically, lawmakers want to know what procedures and services they provided and the number of people who were served and how much it cost.

Casey Mattox, a lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative organization that has filed lawsuits against Planned Parenthood and is providing free legal assistance to former workers-turned-whistleblowers at Planned Parenthood, told Fox News that the group is surprised at how little media attention the fraud story has received.

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From "GAO to Audit Planned Parenthood, Abortion Providers That Receive Taxpayer Funding" by Melissa Barnhart, Christian Post Reporter 8/8/13

Michael J. Norton, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, which has filed lawsuits against Planned Parenthood, told the CP on Wednesday . . . "We have been focusing on Planned Parenthood's waste, abuse and potential fraud, and to identify Planned Parenthood as significantly taking advantage of well-funded, poorly addressed family planning programs in particular," Norton said. "Audits and other reviews of Planned Parenthood affiliates' financial data and practices – as well as 45 audits of state family planning programs and one audit of a family planning organization – found more than $108 million in waste, abuse and potential fraud. Taxpayer money is only supposed to be used responsibly and for the common good."

Norton added that he believes these cases [such as in Texas] are "the tip of the iceberg," and might lead to finding a widespread scheme and potential fraud throughout the country.

Other lawsuits that ADF has filed against Planned Parenthood include one in Iowa that was brought by a former Planned Parenthood clinic manager who claims the abortion provider was over-billing of oral contraceptives and emergency contraceptives. Similarly, a lawsuit filed in Seattle, Wash., was brought by a person who investigated and allegedly found that Planned Parenthood committed fraud in connection with the emergency contraceptive program.

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