Medicare fraud costs U.S. taxpayers an estimated $60 billion a year. One third of Medicare fraud prosecutions take place in south Florida. Six of the top ten Medicare-fraud fugitives from U.S. justice are thought to be hiding in Cuba. Needless to add (except in order to enlighten leftists), one doesn’t just “sneak” into a Communist police-state from an “enemy” nation, and “blend” into the crowd. Six such “blendings” by high-profile “sneakers,” seem peculiar indeed.
These peculiarities recently caught the eye of Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Last week the Dept. of Health and Human Services was testifying before the Senate Finance Committee and Senator Grassley took this occasion to ask the HHS Inspector General Daniel Levinson if he’d looked into evidence that Castro could be “facilitating” some of this fraud.
"We’ll have to get back to you on the particulars," replied Mr Levinson.
Senator Grassley’s alarmed query was prompted by a blockbuster report by Vanessa Lopez of the Univ. of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies that fell under his eye. The report, titled “The Cuban Government and Multi-Million Dollar Medicare Fraud in South Florida,” needless to add, has been completely “overlooked” by the “watchdogs” whose legs would normally twitch with tingles at such an expose’. Its findings, you see, have troublesome implications for the Obama team’s fetish to (further) open travel and cash-flow from the U.S. to Castro’s terrorist-sponsoring fiefdom.
Not all the Medicare fraudsters managed to slither back to Cuba. Take the case of Lieut. Col. Rodriguez-Fleitas serving 3 years in U.S. Federal prison after conviction last year in Miami. Here was a Lieutenant Colonel in Castro’s Army who “battled” Jonas Savimbi’s forces in Angola (where the U.N. documented Cubans using Sarin gas against defenseless Angolan villagers, btw) living in the U.S. and repeatedly traveling back and forth to Cuba on “family visits.” One such lasted 8 months.
Small wonder President Bush put a crimp on such “family travel” back in 2004, only to see Obama again open the floodgates in April 2009, and again in January 2011.
Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit www.hfontova.com.