The Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) released its final major audit over the weekend, delivering quite a bottom line: it cannot say how much U.S taxpayers lost while trying to rebuild Iraq, but it was a lot. The U.S. government Iraq relief and reconstruction program had serious internal control weaknesses that put billions of American taxpayer dollars at risk of fraud, waste, and abuse. The precise amount lost to fraud and waste may never be known, but SIGIR’s audits and investigations have demonstrated that the amount could be substantial.Read more »
GlaxoSmithKline Plc, the British drugmaker, has agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor criminal charges, and pay $3bn to settle what government officials described as the largest case of healthcare fraud in US history. Monday's agreement , which still needs court approval, would resolve allegations that the British drugmaker broke US laws in marketing two popular drugs for unapproved uses and to failing to disclose important safety information on a third. The three billion dollar combined criminal-civil fine will be the largest penalty ever...Read more »
A research director for Pfizer was positively buoyant after reading that an important medical conference had just featured a study claiming that the new arthritis drug Celebrex was safer on the stomach than more established drugs. “They swallowed our story, hook, line and sinker,” he wrote in an e-mail to a colleague. The truth was that Celebrex was no better at protecting the stomach from serious complications than other drugs. It appeared that way only because Pfizer and its partner, Pharmacia, presented the results from the first six months of a yearlong study rather than the whole thing.Read more »
IRS will file late returns automatically forcing extortion victims to pay regardless and polishes the turd by calling it a ghost return, as if the .gov needed more unaccountability, watch out for the ghost return.Read more »
Suspicions of fraud surrounded missing precincts in Clark County that, regardless of the various deadlines, had not reported when they were supposed to, and in fact, underwent a number of recounts, some of which took place behind closed doors.Read more »
Six senators introduced legislation that would make selling fake maple syrup a felony offense leading to fines and up to five years in prison.Read more »
Paying to use a debit card was unheard of before this year and is still a novel concept for many consumers. But several banks have recently introduced or started testing debit card fees. That's in addition to a spate of other unwelcome changes checking account customers have seen in the past year.Read more »
Angry women's groups said last night that it would be the children at the centre of the disputes who would suffer most if money were paid back.
In each case the duped men were able to prove beyond doubt in the courts they were not the fathers using DNA paternity testing.
In the biggest case, Queensland man Ken Rodgers obtained orders for the repayment of $60,000 after making child support contributions over a decade to a woman who refused to even send him a photograph of his alleged child.
Making mothers pay back child support was last night condemned by women's groups.Read more »
...I do some Googling around and confirm that in some multi dwelling units they run fiber to the building but not to the apartments. They use VDSL and the existing phonelines to get the data connection to the unit. I ask the installer why not use the existing coax. Especially since they had to run it anyway and it is spec’ed appropriately. He didn’t know.Read more »
How many people in a household are eligible to receive food stamps in Missouri? The answer is at least 31 recipients — totaling $2,476 in payments in a month — according to an investigation of the welfare program.Read more »
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