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Vero Council election saga not over yet
week of November 8, 2018

Just when it seemed the Vero Beach City Council election mess couldn’t get any more baffling, a court order set this Tuesday’s election and would-be candidate Linda Hillman’s court case on parallel journeys – with a plot twist. Hillman sued to be included on the ballot as a candidate for City Council in a special election, claiming she was unfairly removed from Tuesday’s ballot. By the terms of the ruling, Tuesday’s regular city election omitting her was allowed to move forward, but voters were to have no clue if the results would ultimately count. The only thing known for sure was that the current five-member Vero City Council will remain in office until the mystery unravels and new members are seated. READ FULL STORY


Beaches back to normal after unprecedented red tide siege
week of November 8, 2018

The island’s ocean beaches are again open, the sea air is fresh and clean, and strollers on the Conn Beach boardwalk and sunbathers on the sand below are once more enjoying the best of what this seaside community has to offer. The noxious red tide that closed island beaches, caused respiratory problems, and killed tons of ocean fish is gone from Vero and the rest of Indian River County. But the local tourism eco- nomy was taken by surprise and hit hard by the toxic algae's totally unprecedented two-week siege. "It's safe to say losses are close to a million dollars for beachside hotels and restaurants," said Allison McNeal of the Indian River Chamber of Commerce Director of Tourism, who conducted a survey of local businesses. "They've all suffered losses." The Chamber is encouraging small businesses to apply for no-interest, short-term loans of up to $50,000 being offered by the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program in counties afflicted by the red tide. READ FULL STORY


New Shores Community Center coming along slowly
week of November 8, 2018

The original timetable for completing the Indian River Shores Community Center was overly ambitious. The project was slated to be done in time for Election Day, so that the center could be used as a polling place. Now the hope is it will be open by Valentine’s Day. Just to be safe, town officials are not booking any meetings, weddings or other functions into the facility until April 2019. The new center will replace a donated 1,200-square-foot modular building that had been on the site since 1982. Its sagging floor was in need of repair, and could have eventually become a safety hazard and a major expense. The old structure was taken down in April. A half-million dollars was budgeted for a modest 2,000-square-foot center, but after some debate over how large and elaborate a facility the town wanted and needed, the budget was upped to $800,000. Change orders have since added to that amount. When completed, the center will span 2,995 square feet under air, plus have a large covered patio and covered driveway, for a total of 4,326 square feet, according to engineering reports and contract documents executed with project contractor Summit Construction. READ FULL STORY


MLB seen making Vero hub of youth programs
week of November 8, 2018

Peter O’Malley's lifelong affection for Vero Beach and connection to Dodgertown has been well-chronicled, especially in recent years, as he fought to make sure Vero Beach's once-iconic spring-training complex didn’t dissipate into a foggy baseball memory. That’s why the former Los Angeles Dodgers owner rode to the county-owned facility’s rescue in 2011, putting together a five-way partnership that pumped money and life into the place, preventing it from being shuttered after Minor League Baseball failed to turn a profit and announced it was pulling out. That’s why O’Malley made it his mission last year to find a successor to take over Historic Dodgertown’s multi-sport operations, which county officials say has a $15 million annual impact on the local economy. That’s why O’Malley, at age 80, was genuinely thrilled to learn last week that his efforts to bring together the county and Major League Baseball were successful – that the two parties had agreed in principle on a long-term lease for Historic Dodgertown. READ FULL STORY


School district cheats employees on health insurance
week of November 8, 2018

When the county school district ran up a $7 million deficit in its self-insured employee health plan two years ago, the School Board imposed stiff rate increases on employees to make the fund solvent going forward, but pledged not to make workers pay off the shortfall, which had resulted from poor management. Now the outgoing School Board has reneged on that promise. At the time the $7 million deficit came to light, the teachers’ union tried to fight off stiff premium hikes, claiming the district had the cash to make the fund solvent, but lost that fight when negotiations ended up in impasse. The School Board imposed the rate hikes on 1,100 teachers and the rest of the district’s employees in December 2016. But in several public meetings, the School Board promised the premium hikes would only be used to cover current costs – not make up the deficit, which the School Board and the school district committed to paying off out of district funds over a four-year period. READ FULL STORY


Indian River Shores residents win battle to block sidewalk
week of November 8, 2018

The road through Indian River Shores might be repaved with good intentions, but not even the Florida Department of Transportation’s compromise proposal for resurfacing nearly seven miles of the A1A through the seaside town made everyone happy. Not yet, anyway. FDOT Project Manager Donovan Pessoa was cheered by the standing-room-only crowd gathered in a conference room at Vero Beach’s Holiday Inn Oceanfront when he announced, “The sidewalk on the east side is no longer.” He was referring to FDOT’s decision to remove from the $7.3 million project a planned sidewalk along the east side of A1A. The decision came in response to a flood of letters, emails and phone calls from town residents and elected officials who pointed out there’s already a not-much-used sidewalk along the west side of A1A in the project area. Under the compromise proposal east-side sidewalk construction will be limited to two short sections in relatively “commercial” areas. READ FULL STORY


Islander accused of murdering his wife struggles in court
week of November 8, 2018

Asbury Lee Perkins, who is representing himself in his first-degree murder case, hasn't gotten any more skillful at lawyering since his last court appearance year ago. At a hearing on Oct. 30, Judge Cynthia Cox rejected 10 out of 12 motions filed by Perkins, as he scrambles to find documents and evidence to build a defense against changes of premeditated murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife at her South Beach home on Seagrape Drive. Perkins, 60, was arrested Nov. 4, 2015, and charged with the shooting death of Cynthia Betts. 63. When Indian River County Sheriff Deputies arrived at the house in Oceanside, they found Betts’ body wrapped in carpet in the laundry room with multiple gunshot wounds. Deputies said at the time that Perkins admitted to killing her because she took money out of a bank account without his knowledge and said she continually nagged him. Perkins told investigators that he had planned to put his wife’s body in the trunk of the car and drive it into a lake, but ran into “complications with his plan,” according to the arrest affidavit. READ FULL STORY


No good outcome seen in bizarre Vero election saga
week of November 1, 2018

Circuit Judge Paul Kanarek could have quietly retired from 31 years on the bench on some easy, boring, low-profile case, but instead he got Linda Hillman’s bizarre election challenge related to a blank page missing a signature in her candidate qualifying packet. Hillman is asking for an emergency injunction to invalidate the Nov. 6 City Council election, claiming that she was wrongly removed from the ballot. Rich in small-town politics, the controversy dragged longtime city and county officials to the stand to be sworn in and cross-examined. Palace intrigue showed up, too, in Hillman’s seemingly wild speculation about whether or not her enemies on the City Council tampered with public records after hours. Last week’s drama dredged up players from the past like former councilman Randy Old, former Vero first lady Alla Kramer and even former councilman Bill Fish, bringing them back from the annals of city history to pack the third-floor courtroom. Though Hillman claims she’s always been a pro-electric-sale gal, the gallery was filled with people who opposed the sale of Vero’s electric utility to Florida Power & Light over the past decade, all their hopes poured into Hillman as the underdog bucking City Hall. READ FULL STORY


From the air, it looks great. But maintenance problems abound
week of November 1, 2018

Among the still-unresolved issues in the county’s efforts to convince Major League Baseball to take over operations at Historic Dodgertown is how much each side will contribute to renovate, upgrade and maintain the aging facility. It needs it more than most people realize. “Part of any deal we have with Major League Baseball is going to include who’s paying for what,” County Administrator Jason Brown said during a Vero City Council meeting last month, where the city rejected the county’s $2.4 million offer to buy the former Dodgertown Golf Club property adjacent to the sports complex. “I will acknowledge there are some deferred maintenance items there, and the county is going to be responsible for a significant portion of that in the deal,” he added. “But Major League Baseball is saying the place has to be up to Major League Baseball’s standards before they run anything there.” Apparently, that will take considerable work. READ FULL STORY


Rare jewelry heist in broad daylight jars The Moorings
week of November 1, 2018

Police continue to investigate last month’s theft of more than $50,000 worth of jewelry from a home in the Porpoise Bay section of The Moorings but so far have no suspects. The robbers struck in broad daylight while John and Jennifer Elmore, who own and operate Jennifer Elmore Interior Design and A Shade Better, were at work. The couple didn’t notice anything amiss when they returned home that evening. It wasn’t until the next day when Jennifer Elmore was getting ready for work that the theft came to light. She opened a dresser drawer to grab a piece of jewelry and noticed an entire section of her jewelry box was missing. “At first I thought I wasn’t seeing it right,” Jennifer Elmore said. “I was in disbelief. I was in shock that our house had been invaded.” She began yelling for her husband, who ran upstairs to see what was wrong. He quickly called the sheriff’s department. When police arrived, sheriff’s detective Ismael Hau noticed that a kitchen window was slightly opened and the latch that locks the window was missing. READ FULL STORY


School District once again has to borrow millions to pay bills
week of November 1, 2018

The School District, which gets nearly $280 million a year from taxpayers, has run out of money again, according to Superintendent Mark Rendell, who asked the School Board to approve a bridge loan of $10 million last week while insisting that the shortfall is not due to his mismanagement of school finances. Borrowing millions at the last minute to make payroll for October was the last action taken by the sitting School Board before three of its five members are replaced after the election. It is possible the new board, unlike the outgoing one, will refuse to rubber-stamp Rendell’s requests – like this one to take out a multimillion-dollar loan – without demanding evidence, analysis and prior notice. Financial expert and recent school district Audit Committee Chairman Bob Auwaerter was given three minutes to speak about the financial move at the Oct. 23 School Board meeting. “You’re missing the justification for it from a financial perspective,” he told the School Board, pointing out that documentation of what the money is needed for and a cash-flow analysis should be provided to the board and the public to show why the money is needed and prove the borrowed amount is correct. READ FULL STORY


Unlicensed building contractor charged for 3rd time
week of November 1, 2018

An unlicensed building contractor with a long history of swindling homeowners by taking payments and not doing the work is facing new charges. This time he is accused of trying to bilk a Vero homeowner out of more than $10,000. Richard Roy Bohlen, 52, has been in jail since June 6 for violating probation he received after entering a ‘no contest’ plea to Third Degree Grand Theft in May 2017 in a similar case. He was charged in September for the most recent incident. Bohlen was first arrested in 2015 for allegedly cheating homeowners. According to police reports, Vero Beach resident Jennifer Rotondo hired Bohlen and paid him a total of $16,800 to remodel her kitchen. After demolishing the kitchen and removing the granite countertops – which he said he was donating to someone in need – Bohlen never returned to do any more work. Bohlen entered a ‘no contest’ plea in that case and was sentenced in May 2017 to two days in jail and put on probation for 60 months. READ FULL STORY


Indian River Land Trust restoring 30 acres of habitat along U.S. 1
week of November 1, 2018

Driving south on U.S. 1 past Oslo Road, you may have noticed cleared land with scattered piles of debris on a former citrus grove on the east side of the highway. Relax. It is not the future site of a big-box retailer. You are looking at beginning stages of the Indian River Land Trust's restoration of 30 acres of the Coastal Oaks Preserve – a 220-acre jewel in permanent conservation extending from U.S. 1 to the Indian River Lagoon. Bounded roughly by the Grove Isles development to the north and Vero Shores to the south, the preserve envelopes a rich mix of habitats – wetlands, pine flat woods, mangrove forest and coastal oak hammock. The Land Trust acquired 190 acres of the property in 2011, followed by the 30 acres fronting the highway in 2016 – land that had been slated for construction of more than 500 homes. The Trust paid for the property with private donations as well as mitigation money from the St. Johns River Water Management District. READ FULL STORY


Red tide puts big damper on outdoor dining
week of October 25, 2018

The toxic red tide that has closed local beaches, killed thousands of fish and caused throat irritation and respiratory problems for some island residents and visitors has also left some beachside businesses wheezing – especially restaurants that offer outdoor dining. “I’d say my business is off about 80 percent every day,” Seaside Grill owner Dan Culumber said Monday from his open-air restaurant at Jaycee Park. “It’s very slow and it’s hurting us, but the whole beach area is going to be dead until the beaches reopen and people feel it’s OK to be out here again.” Lee Olsen, general manager of Waldo’s restaurant, offered a similar description of business at his oceanfront establishment since the red tide arrived in Vero Beach last week. Olsen said the red tide forced him to close down the restaurant’s deck area and offer only indoor dining – something that noticeably impacted his lunch receipts, which he said where down more than 75 percent on Friday. “We attempted to open the deck Thursday, when it seemed to back off a bit, and some people stayed out there,” Olsen said. “But a lot of my employees were wearing masks.” READ FULL STORY


No decision likely on Vero electric before New Year
week of October 25, 2018

The anticipated Oct. 1 closing date for the Vero electric utility whizzed by, but instead of opening their first Florida Power & Light bills last week, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores and Indian River County officials once again found themselves pleading for mercy from high rates before an unelected five-member panel of utility regulators 350 miles away in Tallahassee. All the arguments on both sides were tired ones at last week’s meeting, like a broken vinyl record, the needle stuck in one spot for nearly a decade. The parties have grown visibly weary of waging these battles. Reinforcements have been brought in, fresh blood on the Vero City Council, or new legal minds, but the core cast of characters is the same as when Florida Power & Light was first invited to the negotiating table in 2009. Utility activist Glenn Heran and state Sen. Debbie Mayfield testified about the rate disparity and how it hurts the community as a whole. Rep. Erin Grall addressed some of the political double-dealing that has played a part in keeping this historic sale of a municipal electric utility gummed up in the legal and regulatory morass. READ FULL STORY


Steward moving fast to replace top execs at Sebastian hospital
week of October 25, 2018

Steward Health is moving fast to replace top executives at Sebastian River Medical Center in the wake of several ousters and retirements. The chain, which took over the Sebastian hospital in May of last year, announced last week it had hired Kyle Sanders to replace Kelly Enriquez as president. Steward Regional President Daniel Knell subsequently announced that Ralph Taylor will replace Anna Brooks as Chief Nursing Officer, and will also serve as Chief Operating Officer. Taylor was chief nursing officer at the recently shuttered Northside Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio, a Steward Health hospital acquired at the same time as Sebastian River. Sanders was president of St. Vincent’s Health Partners, a physician hospital network in Jacksonville. “The first year is a big transformation for us. I know we’ve got the team in place, and we’ll have quality in place,” said Knell. “Steward has a high emphasis on quality and on safety.” Knell confirmed that Matt McGill, who served as senior director of operations, was asked to step down, as was Enriquez, for reasons Knell declined to specify. Brooks decided to retire, he said, and marketing director Donna Jones resigned. Jones’ assistant, Andrea Lundquist, is taking her place for now. READ FULL STORY


From Wabasso Beach Road, the proposed Orchid Publix may look like this
week of October 25, 2018

Having submitted its plans for a supermarket-anchored shopping area on State Road 510 in Orchid, Publix is asking the town to ease code restrictions limiting structure size, building height, signage and hours the businesses may operate. Publix has a contract to purchase a 7.21-acre parcel across the road from County Fire Rescue Station No. 11 from Vero Beach developer Ken Puttick. The company filed with the town last week the necessary applications, preliminary site plan and traffic study in hopes of building a downsized, 31,000-square-foot supermarket and five retail stores immediately west of Jungle Trail. Town Manager Noah Powers said Publix’s plans first will be reviewed by the town’s outside planners – the Fort Lauderdale-based Mellgren Planning Group – who then will provide a written recommendation to Orchid’s Local Planning Agency. “We’ll send it to the professional planners and have them look at it in the context of our code, and then it goes to our LPA,” Powers said. “I’m sure there will be some back and forth, even before we get to any public hearing.” READ FULL STORY


Island physician settles injury dispute with drilling company
week of October 25, 2018

An underground utility firm contracted by the City of Vero Beach for work along A1A has reached an out-of-court settlement with one of two island residents who filed separate lawsuits claiming they were injured due to the company’s negligence. Prominent podiatrist Keith J. Kalish, 57, and Coastal Drilling and Backhoe, Inc. of Jensen Beach, reached an agreement on Sept. 25, according to Indian River County court records. The case was scheduled for trial Oct. 16. No details of the settlement were disclosed. Kalish filed the suit after allegedly tripping over a coiled steel cable while jogging past Coastal Drilling’s workspace near the 900 block of A1A. During his pre-trial statement, Kalish said that he sustained serious and permanent injury to his right leg during the fall which occurred on Sept. 14, 2016. He contended that Coastal Drilling negligently maintained the worksite by placing the coiled cable partially in the sidewalk. Coastal denied the allegations and maintained that it was Kalish’s own negligence that caused the accident, claiming that he was running in the dark and not watching where he was going. A second lawsuit filed on Nov. 29, 2017 by William Borrow, 81, against the utility company is still pending. He was injured when he ran into a pipe on his bike near Bahia Mar Road. READ FULL STORY


Manned sub to dive to deepest spot in world’s oceans
week of October 25, 2018

Sebastian-based Triton Submarines next month will launch the world's first manned expedition to the deepest point in each of the world's five oceans. Over the next year, the company's brand-new two-person sub will dive to nearly 36,000 feet in the Pacific's Mariana Trench – the deepest spot in the world’s oceans – in addition to four other explorations to the bottoms of the Arctic, Atlantic, Southern and Indian oceans. A dive to the World War II wreck of the U.S.S. Indianapolis in the Philippine Sea also is planned. Along the way, the sub and its 224-foot support ship staffed by engineers and scientists will map the deep oceans and collect and analyze geological and marine life samples from the sea floor – all documented by a Discovery Channel crew for a series to air in 2019/2020. "It will do important work and have access to large swaths of the deep oceans we don't know anything about," said Triton president Patrick Lahey. "It's the greatest project I've ever had the privilege of being a part of in my life. It's the realization of a lifelong dream to build something like this." READ FULL STORY


Hospital District set to expand services at Gifford Health Center
week of October 25, 2018

For Gifford community advocates Freddie Woolfork and Tony Brown, the Hospital District staff and trustees lining the conference room at the Gifford Health Center offered hope that the clinic was destined to recover from a years-long drought of services – and patients. “This is history!” exclaimed Woolfork at the Oct. 9 meeting. “Somebody take a picture.” Nobody did. But the images evoked in that meeting – from feral cats to infant mortality to the story of a man who became a father at age 12 – likely stuck with Hospital District trustees Allen Jones, Ann Marie McCrystal and Marybeth Cunningham. Those discussions are sure to be shared with fellow members of the board in an upcoming collaborative effort that could bring multiple agencies into the Gifford center to provide a wide range of healthcare services now missing from the community. Last week a move to issue a Request for Proposal, or RFP, that was perceived by Gifford leaders as threatening to the longtime tenant at the clinic, the County Health Department, was shelved. READ FULL STORY


Four named to new school panel to resolve issues of racial inequality
week of October 25, 2018

Four members have been appointed to the newly created Equity Committee, which was formed in accordance with a federal court order to monitor and resolve remaining areas of racial inequality in the Indian River County School District, including the ongoing academic achievement gap between black and white students. The School Board and the NAACP each chose two members. A fifth person who is neither a school district employee nor NAACP member will be chosen by the four members to be chairman of the committee. The NAACP is the plaintiff in the federal court case that led to the desegregation order the school district has been laboring under for 51 years. The School Board decided a district-level employee and a school-level employee would provide needed perspectives to the committee. They chose Director of Assessment and Accountability Chris Taylor as the district-level appointee. Vero Beach Elementary Assistant Principal Rachel Moree was the School Board’s school-level appointee. The NAACP chose Dr. Jacqueline Warrior as a committee member. She has served as the organization’s education director and school-district liaison for four years. Willie Finklin, the NAACP’s second appointee, is CEO of PM3 Solutions, a nonprofit organization that raises money for at-risk students. READ FULL STORY


Lawnwood prepares to build an ER on the former site of the Quilted Giraffe
week of October 18, 2018

Relief for Indian River Medical Center’s crowded emergency department may be coming from an unlikely – and perhaps unwelcome – source. HCA, owner of Fort Pierce’s Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, is moving forward quickly with plans to invade Indian River County and build a freestanding emergency room. If completed – as soon as next summer, provided permits are forthcoming – it could become the only 24/7 healthcare facility in the county other than Indian River Medical Center and Sebastian River Medical Center. The facility also marks the entry of hospital giant HCA into the southern Indian River County market; currently HCA has no presence along the coast north of Fort Pierce until you reach Jacksonville. Last fall, HCA made it to the final round in the bidding to take over Indian River Medical Center. After entertaining Vero hospital leaders at its Aventura and Coconut Grove hospitals – Lawnwood was notably not on the tour – HCA lost out to Cleveland Clinic last January. Cleveland’s IRMC takeover has been approved by local hospital leaders and currently is moving through government regulatory hurdles. Cleveland also has announced plans to acquire the Martin Health System, which includes a hospital in Tradition just 15 miles on the other side of Lawnwood. READ FULL STORY


New Cleveland board to have familiar faces
week of October 18, 2018

In the historic vote to join Cleveland Clinic, the Indian River Medical Center board of directors was voting itself out of existence. That dissolution hasn’t happened yet, of course; the deal isn’t expected to be final until early next year. But at some point in the coming months, a new board will come into existence to govern Cleveland Clinic Indian River, the hospital’s future name. Meanwhile, the elected Hospital District Board will remain in place, its trustees serving as proxies for taxpayers in ownership of the hospital’s real estate. All concerned were warned in the partnering process that changeover in leadership would be challenging at points, but at least the new Cleveland Clinic Indian River board will have some familiar faces that could ease the transition. A point-by-point look at the makeup of the new board-to-be should reassure residents that Vero’s small-town hospital isn’t going to disappear, that familiar voices could still hold sway. Nor will the voting powers of certain members go away (was misstated in an earlier article), including those who will serve ex-officio – appointed as a result of their jobs. READ FULL STORY


Sebastian River hospital rocked by changes at top
week of October 18, 2018

As Indian River Medical Center officials celebrated a unanimous vote to become part of the Cleveland Clinic, Steward Health’s Sebastian River Medical Center has been in the throes of leadership upheaval this month, having to replace a quartet of top executives, endure a nerve-wracking accreditation inspection, and brace itself for the update on last May’s “F” safety grade. With CEO Kelly Enriquez stepping down unexpectedly, marketing director Donna Jones announced her resignation Oct. 8; she was gone a day-and-a-half later. By then, senior director of operations Matt McGill was also out, apparently with no notice at all. Another executive, chief of nursing Anna Brooks, had earlier announced she would be retiring in November. As for that safety report card, the release of the latest Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades has been delayed until November due to Hurricane Irma. Steward, though, had a chance to preview the grade – and the data that accounted for it – in the weeks before the door slammed behind the departing executives. READ FULL STORY


State to hold new hearings on A1A bike lanes, sidewalk Nov. 1
week of October 18, 2018

As it turned out, all those emails, phone calls, letters and petitions grabbed the attention of the Florida Department of Transportation, which is reconsidering its plan to construct a sidewalk along the east side of State Road A1A through Indian River Shores as part of a road-resurfacing project. Project Manager Donovan Pessoa said FDOT also will consider widening the road’s shoulders to accommodate safer bike lanes. Both matters will be discussed at a pair of public workshops scheduled for Nov, 1st at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront in Vero Beach. Two-hour sessions will be held at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. “We don’t operate in a vacuum,” Pessoa said. “We received a lot of feedback from the community.” The year-long project, which also includes traffic-signal and drainage improvements, was scheduled to begin next summer. However, Pessoa said work could be delayed for as much as a year if the plan is significantly changed. “We’d pretty much have to scrap the original proposal and start over,” Pessoa said. He said FDOT also might need to reapply for funding for the project, because he can’t simply use the sidewalk money to pay for widening the bike lanes. READ FULL STORY


Judge loosens bail conditions for acupuncturist Jaynes
week of October 18, 2018

Vero acupuncturist Jill Jaynes, facing multiple charges of fraud and racketeering, can remove her GPS monitor but remains banned from having any involvement with her once-booming clinic Absolute Integrated Medicine. Circuit Court Judge Robert Pegg rejected Jaynes’ request to return to work at the clinic during an Oct. 10 hearing. “My original decision forbidding her to work at, or in any way be involved with Absolute Integrated Medicine, stands,” Pegg announced in court. “However, she’s not forbidden to work someplace else as an acupuncturist – if anyone will hire her – and as long as she has nothing to do with insurance or billing.” The judge’s ruling appeared to confuse many of the 40 friends, patients and relatives of Jaynes who crowded into the small courtroom. Jaynes, 56, did not speak during the hearing and declined to comment after leaving court. She is facing five felony charges that she conspired with others to defraud an insurance company by submitting false or incomplete information, illegally waived patient copayments and deductibles, and unlawfully paid others who referred patients for treatment. READ FULL STORY