Articles Tagged with patient brokering

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Daniel-Kandler-169x300Mark Desimone of Delray Beach, David Remland of Boca Raton, and Daniel Kandler of Boca Raton, were arrested last week for allegedly bribing the owner of a rehab facility with over $150,000 to get his patients to undergo expensive drug screenings at their drug-testing laboratory.

Desimone, 61, Remland, 52, and Kandler, 41, all face charges for patient brokering. It is unclear whether Kandler is still booked, but Remland and Desimone were reportedly being held without bond as of last Thursday. News sources did not name attorneys for the three men.

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Raul-Castellon-252x300Hialeah police officer Raul Castellon was arrested on March 17 for allegedly using a confidential police database to take screen shots of people’s personal IDs, including Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses, and sharing them with Neilin Diaz in exchange for gifts.

Castellon, 38, faces charges for aggravated identity fraud, possession of unauthorized access devices, conspiracy to commit access fraud, and affecting commerce by extortion under color of official right.

He is being held in Miami on $50,000 bond and has reportedly entered a not guilty plea before a federal judge. News sources have not named an attorney for Castellon.

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Steve-Johnson-223x300Steve Johnson of Palm Springs, Florida was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force on March 1 on 48 counts of patient brokering. Johnson, 45, is the owner of a South Florida outpatient treatment center called Palm Beach Recovery & Wellness.

Johnson reportedly paid illegal kickbacks to sober home operators in exchange for referrals to recovering addicts with health insurance coverage. He runs the facility with his wife, Melissa Johnson, but she has not been charged in the case. Johnson is being held at Palm Beach County Detention Center. News sources did not say if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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Daniel-Kandler-169x300Daniel Kandler, the CEO of Chapters Recovery Treatment Center in Delray Beach, Florida, was arrested on Thursday for allegedly bribing his employees so they would bring patients to his rehab center for treatment. Kandler, 41, reportedly paid four of his employees over $325,000. He is being charged with 93 counts of patient brokering. News sources did not name an attorney for Kandler.

According to arrest records, Kandler used the same marketers as James Kigar, the owner of Whole Life Recovery in Boynton Beach. Kandler was arrested on similar charges last October.

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Amanda LaFranceAmanda LaFrance of Boynton Beach, Florida, was arrested on December 3 on multiple patient brokering charges. LaFrance, 25, is the eighth and youngest halfway house owner to be arrested by the Palm Beach County Sober Homes Task Force that’s investigating patient brokering cases in South Florida. She is being held in Palm Beach County Jail on $3,000 bond. The press did not name an attorney for her.

LaFrance’s halfway house, Saved By Grace, was implicated by Whole Life Recovery, a treatment center in Boynton Beach. James Kigar, the owner of Whole Life Recovery, and Christoper Hutson, the facility’s operations manager, were the first to be arrested by the task force on October 25. They reportedly paid illegal kickbacks to halfway-house managers like LaFrance for referrals of insured patients to their treatment program.

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