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Scientologist chiropractors James and Jeffrey Spina charged with Medicare fraud

Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by The Wrong Guy, Sep 2, 2018.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    FEDS CHARGE SCIENTOLOGISTS IN NEW YORK FOR $80 MILLION MEDICARE SCAM

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, September 2, 2018

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    On Thursday, Geoffrey S. Berman, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, unsealed an indictment of two Orange County, New York chiropractors and two additional people who work in their office, accusing them of defrauding Medicare of more than $80 million.

    The two chiropractors, James “Jay” Spina, 59, and his brother Jeffrey Spina, 56, are longtime Scientologists who have been big supporters of the Scientology front group Foundation for a Drug-Free World, which we’ve told you for years spends its time infiltrating New York City schools with the help of the NYPD.

    The Spina brothers have worked as chiropractors in Middletown, New York for many years. They called their clinic Spina Chiropractic — which was listed as a World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE) business in 1999 — then Dolson Avenue Medical until it was raided last year by the FBI and changed its name to Pain Relief and Wellness Center.

    WISE is a Scientology front organization that targets chiropractors, dentists, and veterinarians with L. Ron Hubbard’s business administration ideas as a way to bring them into the church itself.

    According to Scientology’s own publications, Jay Spina went “Clear” in 1990, did the expensive L10-L12 Rundowns at the Flag Land Base in 1990-91, finished OT 7 in 2003, and completed the “Havingness Rundown” just last year. His brother Jeffrey went Clear in 1990, did the L’s in 1990-91, OT 3 in 1994, and the Purification Rundown (again) last year.

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    Until recently, the Drug-Free World New York Chapter listed Dr. Jay Spina as its Orange County Director.

    That organization, which has renamed itself the Americas Chapter of Drug-Free World, is run by Queens dentist Bernard Fialkoff and his daughter Meghan. They won Scientology’s highest honor, the Freedom Medal, at the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) gala in 2016.

    Speaking of the IAS, in 2010 Jay Spina was listed as a “Patron With Honors” donor for having given a total of at least $100,000. He was also listed as a $35,000 donor to Scientology’s “Super Power” Building project.

    In other words, the Spina brothers are about as involved in Scientology as you can get, and have been for many, many years.

    They’ve each been charged with one count of conspiring to commit health care fraud and one count of health care fraud, which each carry maximum sentences of 10 years in prison. Two people who work in their office — bookkeeper Andrea Grossman, 59, and Jeffrey and Jay’s sister Kim Spina, 54 — have also been charged with those counts. The Spina brothers have also been charged with a count of obstructing a federal audit, carrying a maximum penalty of five years.

    A physician associated with their clinic, Charles Bagley, 69, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and is facing 10 years in prison.

    According to the US Attorney’s Office, the Spinas conspired to overcharge Medicare through the use of their clinic, Dolson Avenue Medical (DAM), and several other “Associated Businesses” that they controlled.

    [The Spina brothers] went to great lengths to conceal their control and ownership of DAM and the Associated Businesses. In particular, JAMES SPINA and JEFFREY SPINA recruited medical doctors and other professionals to serve as the nominee owners of DAM and the Associated Businesses. JAMES SPINA and JEFFREY SPINA further concealed their ownership of DAM and the Associated Businesses by transferring revenues of these companies into other companies they owned. To further disguise these transfers, JAMES SPINA and JEFFREY SPINA drafted fake lease and marketing agreements between DAM and the Associated Businesses and purported real estate and marketing companies they owned and referred to the payments as “rent” or “marketing fees.” The defendants also used phony and non-existent addresses for the corporations so that it would appear that DAM and the Associated Businesses were operating out of separate locations.

    Investigating the alleged scam drew on the resources of several different federal and state agencies. “An alleged theft of this magnitude is appalling when so many hard-working people experience rising health care costs. Now, their alleged scams have been exposed, thanks to my partnership with U.S. Attorney Berman, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office,” said New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

    But the Spina brothers are not folding their tent. Their attorneys told the Times Herald-Record in Middletown that they would keep their clinic open and continue working, even as they face trial for fraud.

    “Dr. Jay Spina pled not guilty, and we’re going to continue to fight these charges,” the newspaper was told by White Plains attorney Michael Burke. Goshen attorney James Monroe, who represents Jeffrey Spina, said that his client “remains committed to practicing chiropractic and taking good care of his patients.”

    Hey, that’s the Hubbard spirit.

    Here’s the indictment itself:

    More at https://tonyortega.org/2018/09/02/feds-charge-scientologists-in-new-york-medicare-scam/
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  2. Incredulicide Member

    Bookkeeper Andrea Grossman, 59, completions: http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/a/andrea-grossman.html
    THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THOUGHT COURSE | Freewinds 89 | 2012-04-01

    I think that's a bit of an oddly low level course to do on the Freewinds. I wonder if she was made to do that Scientology course as an employee while her bosses did higher level courses onboard. Given her age and relatively short time in might she do a plea deal defecting from Scientology turning prosecution witness?
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  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    How a Scientology-run business preyed on Silicon Valley icons in the name of ‘wellness’

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, September 13, 2018

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    Today we have a remarkable account from a woman who asked not to be named. We’re also not identifying by name the business she has written about. But considering stories we’ve done recently (and some in years previously), we feel that her narrative is very timely and provides a really stunning look inside a Scientologist-run business operating on Scientology principles and interacting with some of this country’s biggest and most important corporations. For years, we’ve written about businesses run by Scientologists that are involved in the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE), a Scientology front that tends to target chiropractors, dentists, and veterinarians. Here’s a look at one WISE clinic that is pulling millions out of Silicon Valley firms in the name of “wellness.”

    Continued at https://tonyortega.org/2018/09/13/h...silicon-valley-icons-in-the-name-of-wellness/
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  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    New York Scientologist chiropractor pleads guilty in $80 million Medicare scam

    By Tony Ortega, The Underground Bunker, May 8, 2019

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    Chiropractor James “Jay” Spina of Middletown, New York entered a guilty plea last week in an $80 million Medicare scam we told you about in September.

    Spina initially filed a not guilty plea when the indictment was first announced, and his attorney told a local newspaper “we’re going to continue to fight these charges” as Spina’s business, renamed “Pain Relief and Wellness Center,” remained open.

    But now Spina, 61, joins a physician caught up in the scam, Charles Bagley, who previously pleaded guilty to the same charge, conspiracy to commit health care fraud. The charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years, and Spina’s sentencing has been scheduled for September 17.

    Also charged in the case were Spina’s younger brother, Jeffrey Spina, as well as two employees at their chiropractic clinic — bookkeeper Andrea Grossman, 59, and Jeffrey and Jay’s sister Kim Spina, 54 — who all entered not guilty pleas.

    Jay and Jeffrey Spina are longtime Scientologists and big supporters of the Scientology front group Foundation for a Drug-Free World, which we’ve told you for years spends its time infiltrating New York City schools with the help of the NYPD.

    The Spina brothers have worked as chiropractors in Middletown, New York for many years. They called their clinic Spina Chiropractic — which was listed as a World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE) business in 1999 — then Dolson Avenue Medical until it was raided in 2017 by the FBI and changed its name to Pain Relief and Wellness Center.

    WISE is a Scientology front organization that targets chiropractors, dentists, and veterinarians with L. Ron Hubbard’s business administration ideas as a way to bring them into the church itself.

    According to Scientology’s own publications, Jay Spina went “Clear” in 1990, did the expensive L10-L12 Rundowns at the Flag Land Base in 1990-91, finished OT 7 in 2003, and completed the “Havingness Rundown” in 2017. His brother Jeffrey went Clear in 1990, did the L’s in 1990-91, OT 3 in 1994, and the Purification Rundown (again) in 2017.

    In 2010 Jay Spina was listed as a “Patron With Honors” donor for having given the church a total of at least $100,000. He was also listed as a $35,000 donor to Scientology’s “Super Power” Building project.

    In other words, the Spina brothers are about as involved in Scientology as you can get, and have been for many, many years.

    According to the US Attorney’s Office, the Spinas conspired to overcharge Medicare through the use of their clinic, Dolson Avenue Medical (DAM), and several other “Associated Businesses” that they controlled.

    Continued at https://tonyortega.org/2019/05/08/n...r-pleads-guilty-in-80-million-medicare-scame/

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