They scammed pregnant Mexicans and now they will pay dearly

A Latino couple scammed pregnant Mexicans and now they will pay dearly. Both came up with a plan to use expectant mothers with the idea o...

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  • A Latino couple scammed pregnant Mexicans and now they will pay dearly.
  • Both came up with a plan to use expectant mothers with the idea of ​​defrauding more than a million dollars from California’s public health insurance.
  • Scammers charged pregnant women a premium for bogus insurance ranging from $ 1,200 to $ 3,000.

A Latino couple scammed pregnant Mexican women and now they will pay dearly for it. Both came up with a plan to use expectant mothers with the idea of ​​defrauding more than a million dollars from California’s public health insurance.

This Monday, Melissa Álvarez Torres, 33, and José Luis Olmos Hernández, 36, pleaded guilty to two counts: conspiracy to commit wire fraud and fraud against the California public health service (MediCal), according to San Diego Union Tribune.

He scammed pregnant Mexicans and now he will pay dearly

He scammed pregnant Mexicans and now he will pay dearly
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How did they operate? The couple, a California resident, were targeting pregnant women living in Mexico, who had tourist or work visas and who wanted to give birth to their babies in the United States. To do this, they were offered private health “insurance”.

However, these women ended up using the public health care service that runs on state and federal funds. The idea of ​​this program is to help California mothers who due to their income cannot cover childbirth and postpartum services.

American Pregnancy Insurance?

He scammed pregnant Mexicans and now he will pay dearly
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According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), the couple used Facebook to falsely promote their American Pregnancy Insurance in publications where they affirmed to future mothers that they could have their babies legally in the United States and that this would not put their valid visa at risk.

The indictment, filed by the prosecution in September 2020, specifies that the scammers charged pregnant women a premium for bogus insurance that ranged from $ 1,200 to $ 3,000.

MediCal fraud

He scammed pregnant Mexicans and now he will pay dearly
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In addition to capturing naive Mexican mothers, the couple set about presenting forged documents from the women for their applications to be approved. In these files they lied about the mothers’ residence and included job letters that were not real.

Álvarez and Olmos, operated between January 2016 and September 2020. In that time, the couple managed to submit more than 250 applications to MediCal and most of them were approved, reported the EFE news agency.

Great punishment for great fraud

He scammed pregnant Mexicans and now he will pay dearly
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In their scam, the couple managed to defraud more than a million dollars from the program that gave them the money for the mothers’ medical expenses. Now, they will have to return 1.5 million dollars to the state and pregnant women, according to what they agreed to in the fraud case.

But it is not all, since the couple could be sentenced to pass up to 20 years in prison, although they will have to wait until next October when they pronounce their sentence. He scammed pregnant Mexicans and now he will pay dearly.

They accuse a woman for fraud of more than $ 12 thousand in Medicaid and ‘food stamps’

Medicaid and food stamp fraud
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This is not the only case of public health fraud that the authorities have detected, as they recently arrested and charged a woman for allegedly committing fraud of more than 12 thousand dollars through the social programs Medicaid and ‘food stamps’, as food stamps are known.

The newspaper Villages News reported that a Fruitland Park woman identified as Vergillian Gaddy, 35, has been charged with committing $ 12,407 Medicaid and food stamp fraud.

Medicaid and food stamp fraud

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Vergillian Gaddy was arrested Thursday on a Lake County warrant charging her with welfare fraud, a third-degree felony, the newspaper said.

The woman is charged with obtaining public assistance benefits between 2016 and 2020 while working at Lady Lake NH LLC and earning biweekly wages of between $ 880 and $ 1,831, according to an affidavit from the Department of Financial Services’ Department of Public Assistance Fraud. from Florida.

He took advantage of Medicaid and ‘food stamps’ and committed fraud

Vergillian Gaddy. Photo posted by Villages News

Vergillian Gaddy received gross wages of more than $ 165,000 during that period. It also raised $ 9,616 in food stamps and $ 2,791 in Medicaid benefits, according to the affidavit cited by Villages News.

Following an investigation, Florida authorities detained and charged the woman because she did not disclose her income and received more benefits than she was legally entitled to receive. Vergillian Gaddy was arrested and booked into the Lake County Jail. She was later released after posting a $ 2,000 bond, the Villages News newspaper reported in its report on Sunday.

Food stamp benefits will continue until December 31 in Pennsylvania

On the other hand, about 1.8 million Pennsylvanians celebrate the extension of ‘food stamps’. Pennsylvania Acting Human Services Secretary Meg Snead reported last week that the breakthrough was made after reaching an agreement with President Joe Biden’s Administration.

Eligible Pennsylvania residents will be able to get the enhanced food assistance benefits they have been receiving since last year at least until December 31, 2021, it reported. Penn Live.

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