Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 25 @ 12:00pm Pamela Good: Beyond Basics
(Johhny's Italian Steakhouse, 33103 Hamilton Ct, Farmington Hills, MI 48334)

Wednesday, October 2 @ 12:00pm Donation Day!
(Johhny's Italian Steakhouse, 33103 Hamilton Ct, Farmington Hills, MI 48334)

Wednesday, October 9 @ 12:00pm Christine Greig: State Representative
(Johhny's Italian Steakhouse, 33103 Hamilton Ct, Farmington Hills, MI 48334)

This week we held our annual Goodfellows Appreciation Luncheon, our largest meeting of the year. Originally, a group of "fellows" in the Farmington Exchange Club decided to combine forces with other service clubs in the Farmington area to provide assistance to needy families around Christmas time. The results of the first year were gratifying, and the Goodfellows movement was on its way! This week we celebrated the hard work of this 60 year old community service organization.

Until 1973, our club sponsored the Goodfellows, and our members continue to be a driving force behind the program. The Farmington Area Goodfellows are now a separate organization but have the same objective, "No Child or Senior without a holiday".

Nothing says Happy Holidays like lunch with an IRS Criminal Investigator. That's why our guest for lunch this week was IRS Criminal Investigations Agent Erick Martinez. Recently acknowledged for his role in bringing a Highland Park School Board member to justice for (allegedly) stealing over $125,000 from the district.

Erik's group has also been involved in the current investigation into alleged malfeasance in the city of Detroit. The case is currently in court, and we've all been hearing the stories of bribery and contract rigging. Many of these are investigated by the IRS, where Erik and his staff use forensic auditing techniques to trace the transactions, text messages, emails, documents and more.

The IRS is often the agency of last resort when other investigative groups believe criminal activity is taking place, but cannot prove it. More often than not, these activities result in significant monetary transactions that the IRS is able to identify in the course of their investigations.

Our guest this week was Nolan Finley, the Editorial Page Editor of The Detroit News, a position he's held since May of 2000. He directs the expression of the newspaper's editorial position on various national and local issues, and also writes a column in the Sunday newspaper.

Nolan Finley joined The Detroit News staff as a copy boy in 1976 while he was still a student. He navigated the positions of reporter, deputy managing editor, business editor, city editor and opinion leader to eventually become the editorial page editor.

With Finley at the helm, the newspaper has attracted awards with its massive projects, such as the crash of Northwest Flight 255, Kmart’s slow descent, and Kirk Kerkorian’s play for the Chrysler Corporation. He was also one of the first to cover the globalization of the auto industry.

More recently, under his leadership, the editorial page launched The News multimedia website, “Michigan View,” which serves as a magnet and springboard for politics, automobiles and more. And Finley’s work at “Am I Right?” a news and events talk show at Detroit Public Television, led to a series of statewide debates and nightly newscasts.

Our guest for lunch this week was Dennis Pheney Jr., Michigan Assistant Michigan Attorney General for the Health Care Fraud Division. Dennis talked with us about the Health Care Fraud Division of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. He prosecutes Medicaid Fraud on behalf of the Department of Community Health, which oversees the Michigan Medicaid Program. Providers such as medical doctors, pharmacies and home health providers can be prosecuted for filing false claims.

Healthcare fraud and abuse affects all of us. Healthcare fraud significantly impacts the Medicaid program by using up valuable public funds needed to help vulnerable children and adults access health care.  Everyone can take responsibility by reporting fraud and abuse. Recent cases were cited in which false billing by unscrupulous criminals resulted n millions of dollars being paid out for services that were never performed.

Since its inception, the Health Care Fraud Division has obtained criminal restitution orders totaling $7,401,187.70; civil judgments totaling $11,082,643.53; and settlement agreements providing for the recovery of $3,137,154.65 to the Medicaid Program. In total, the HCFD has obtained court orders and settlements requiring the return of $21,620,985.88 to the Medicaid Program. Additionally, the HCFD has collected $1,131,397.15 from Medicaid providers to offset the HCFD's investigation and prosecution costs.

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