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Archive for February 17th, 2017

Attorney General Madigan: Walgreens Must Pay $50 Million for Unlawful Prescription Marketing Scheme

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CHICAGO, IL─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced Illinois has joined at least 30 other states and the federal government to settle allegations that Walgreen Co. unlawfully solicited and persuaded Medicare and Medicaid recipients to enroll in its “Prescription Savings Club” in order to gain more profitable customers, which was in violation of federal and state anti-kickback laws.


Walgreen Co., headquartered in suburban Deerfield, enticed Medicare and Medicaid patients with savings, coupons and other offers to join the company’s prescription savings club, which amounted to an unlawful marketing scheme. Walgreens will pay the states and the federal government $50 million, of which nearly $8.5 million will go to state Medicaid programs. The remaining portion of the settlement is attributed to Medicare and Tricare programs. Illinois will receive more than $740,000 in restitution and other recoveries from the settlement.


“Walgreens disregarded the law when the company targeted Medicare and Medicaid recipients,” Madigan said. “This kind of blatant corporate misconduct will not be tolerated.”


The investigation resulted from a false claims action originally filed in January 2012 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York under the federal False Claims Act and various state false claims statutes.


Deputy Bureau Chief Heather Tullio D’Orazio with Madigan’s Medicaid Fraud Bureau led a National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (NAMFCU) team that participated in the investigation and conducted the settlement negotiations with Walgreen Co. on behalf of the states. Other members of the team included representatives from the following attorneys general offices: California, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan and New York. Madigan’s office works in conjunction with the Illinois State Police Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau to investigate and prosecute civil and criminal cases of Medicaid Fraud.



Collins: Boxing in Chicago Won’t Solve the Violence

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Sen. Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago, issued the following statement following the governor’s budget address, in which he called for more State Police to patrol the highways surrounding the city of Chicago.

“Without a budget, the state loses $11 million a day. That cost is too high a price for our students and our seniors to pay,” Collins said. “In three years, we have yet to see a balanced budget from the Governor. The issues of term limits and worker’s compensation have nothing to do with proposing and presenting a budget.

“The State of Illinois is teetering on financial ruin and instability. It is the Governor’s duty under the Illinois Constitution to present a budget. The rhetoric espoused by the Governor today originated in an alternative universe peppered with alternative facts.

“Governor Rauner’s proposal does nothing to address the violence within Chicago, but simply seeks to wall it off from the outside. It’s a tone-deaf move that further distracts from the fact that the Senate continues to do his job for him. It is his duty under the Illinois Constitution to present a budget, not the Senate’s.”

U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush to Host Forum on Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Policies and Propaganda

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WASHINGTON, D.C. As the nation braces itself  against  sustained attacks on immigrant families from the Trump White House, Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL01) today announced plans to host an immigration policy forum entitled, “Navigating Today’s U.S, Immigration Policy.” The forum will be held Thursday, Feb. 23rd at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), 10 W. 35th Street at 5:30 p.m.  The announcement was made in support of “A Day Without Immigrants” protests that have taken place in Chicago and other parts of the country.

Forum participants will include representatives from the American Immigration Lawyers Association, American Civil Liberties Union, Illinois Business Immigration Coalition and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, among others.

“Today people across the nation are engaged in a day of protest toward the hostile climate coming from Washington,” Rush said. “Over the last several weeks I have received numerous phone calls from my constituents expressing confusion, grave concern and disaffection with the recent actions of the Trump administration regarding his travel and refugee ban. I remain committed to ensuring the clarion call expressed by the Statute of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…,” remains the immigration policy of our nation.”

State Senator Hunter: The Governor has Turned his Back on Illinois Once Again

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Following the governor’s annual budget address, Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter (D- Chicago) released the following statement:

Here we are yet again, without a proposed balanced budget. The governor has failed his obligation to provide us with a balanced budget plan. Social service providers are closing their doors due to the lack of state funding causing continuing suffering to our most vulnerable.

Today, the governor addressed the heroin and opioid crisis plaguing our state. However, for two years, he’s failed to provide adequate funding for treatment centers and providers. 

What will it take for the governor to prioritize the budget crisis? The governor has promised to make Illinois compassionate and competitive but we’re still waiting for his actions to match his rhetoric. There is nothing compassionate about holding a state and its residents hostage until an unrelated turn-around agenda is passed; In fact it’s careless.

He’s a businessman. If Illinois were a business, board members would be ready and able to replace the CEO. He needs to step aside and allow someone else to take control if he cannot fulfil his duty as the leader of this state.

The BBB Issues Alert to Businesses for the “CEO or Boss Scam”

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As tax season goes into high gear, so do tax scammers and the BBB is alerting companies of a scam cropping up aimed directly at businesses.


The CEO or Boss Scam – as it’s known –  involves a phishing e-mail sent to the accounting department using the name of the company CEO or boss, instructing them to wire money. If that money is sent before the company determines the email is fake, there is virtually no way to retrieve the funds.


In another version of the scam, the accounting department may receive a fake email appearing to be from the head of the company. The emails generally, are directed to accounting, payroll, or human resources asking for W-2 forms for employees; which exposes all the information a scammer needs for identity theft. Please note, this scam is sometimes referred to as a business email compromise or business email spoofing.


Chicago and Northern Illinois Better Business President Steve Bernas says “Leaders of companies need to inform their accounting departments that these types of e-mails could be coming in. No one is immune from these attempts, in fact a scammer tried to hit the BBB last season. An alert accountant questioned the transaction, which exposed it as a phishing e-mail.”


Anyone encountering this scam is urged to act. Report it to the BBB Scamtracker,forward it to mailto:phishing@irs.gov and place “W2 Scam” in the subject line, and or file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center  (operated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation)



State Senator Raoul Responds to Governor’s Budget Address

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SPRINGFIELD, IL —  Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) released the following statement today in response to Governor Rauner’s budget address:

Today, Governor Rauner said he proposed a budget, but I looked all around the Capitol, and I couldn’t find it. The governor instead continued to undermine the Senate’s bipartisan efforts and once again failed to fulfill his constitutional obligation to present a balanced budget.


During his address, Governor Rauner presented a laundry list of goals with no details on how to pay for them. He suggested that he knows what job creators want. I can tell you that what they want most is the stability that comes from paying our bills on time. Before Governor Rauner took office, we had made great progress towards paying down our backlog. Now, we have accrued more than $11 billion in unpaid bills. The only difference between then and now is who is in the governor’s mansion.


I continue to be proud of my colleagues in the Senate, particularly President Cullerton and Leader Radogno, for working tirelessly to propose a budget that will finally offer relief to the people who have been suffering for nearly two years as essential services and providers are stretched to the limit. Although the governor did not do his job today, we will continue to push for a solution that provides for the people of Illinois.


Ford Files Amendment to Fix Lottery Loophole & Increase School Funding

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SPRINGFIELD, IL. – In an effort to ensure the responsible management of the Illinois Common School Fund and provide more funding for local schools, state Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, has introduced a measure that would ensure that tax dollars fund school systems in Illinois, rather than counting on funds from the lottery.


“The Illinois Lottery was originally implemented to provide extra revenue for schools in Illinois, but for years, our state has relied on lottery revenue to fund education, instead allocating the constitutionally required tax dollars,” said Ford. “Our state government has been doing a huge disservice to the children of this state by underfunding our educational system.”


Ford is the sponsor of House Bill 213, a measure that amends the Illinois Lottery to ensure that any money transferred to the Common School Fund from the State Lottery Fund shall be supplemental to, and not in lieu of, any other money due to be transferred to the Common School Fund by law or appropriation. In Fiscal Year 15, $679 million went to the Common School Fund.


“We have to stop using lottery money as justification for cutting funding for schools. I insist that we fund our schools to the highest amount possible and do away with this broken system,” said Ford. “When we cheat the educational system that is meant to nurture and build our future leaders, we not only cut them short, but we cut short hope for a better future in our communities.”


House Bill 213 is currently awaiting action from the Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee.


Ford represents the Eighth Representative District, which contains parts of Chicago’s Austin neighborhood and portions of Berwyn, Brookfield, Forest Park, La Grange, La Grange Park, North Riverside and Oak Park. For more information, please contact Rep. Ford’s district office at 773-378-5902 or 708-445-3673 or visit www.LaShawnFord.com.



Speaker Madigan: Democrats are Proposing a New Way Forward on Budget, Economic Reforms

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, D-Chicago, issued the following statement after Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Budget Address:


“Throughout my time in state government, legislators and governors from both parties have agreed that the state budget must be a priority. While the House has passed a number of budget bills to fund critical services for seniors, children and public safety, it appears that for the third straight year Governor Rauner has failed to introduce a balanced budget.


“As the governor told a newspaper recently, his plan is to ‘stay the course.’ That means continuing to use the disabled, the elderly, school children, victims of abuse, and many others as negotiating tools in his effort to increase profits of big corporations at the expense of middle class and struggling families. ‘Staying the course’, as the Governor wishes, means billions of dollars in new debt, and lost services for tens of thousands of Illinois’ most vulnerable children, seniors and families.


“Unlike the governor’s ‘stay the course’ plan, Democrats are proposing a new way forward. We want to work cooperatively with the governor to pass a full-year balanced budget and improve our economy, but we don’t accept that the only way to create jobs is by cutting wages and stripping away protections for workers in an effort to increase profits for businesses – all at the expense of middle-class families. We will pass reforms that lift up the middle class and provide good jobs for working families while also helping businesses grow and expanding our economy.


“We want solutions that address the challenges Illinois is facing right now. We continue to urge the governor to join us and pass a full-year budget that provides for the needs of middle class and struggling families, cares for the elderly, invests in our schools, and keeps our communities safe.”


N-DEx Plays a Major Role in Uncovering a Multi-State Credit Card Fraud Ring

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An intelligence analyst (IA) with the New York State Intelligence Center became aware of an “Attempt to Identify” bulletin from Spotsylvania, Virginia, in January 2015. The Attempt to Identify pertained to a group of subjects who used cloned credit cards at a liquor store where two of the subjects presented New York identification cards. The IA identified one of the subjects; however, the IA possessed only partial identifying information on the second subject.


After unsuccessfully searching local New York resources, the IA searched the FBI’s National Data Exchange (N-DEx) System. From the N-DEx System, the IA learned that the unidentified subject had been involved in another incident in Virginia, which revealed two more subjects. The IA performed N-DEx System searches of the two new subjects and discovered that they had been involved in similar credit card incidents in Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Next, the IA researched the newly discovered incidents and learned of more connected subjects. With each new N-DEx System record she found, the IA contacted the record-owning agency and obtained permission to use their information in the case she was building. The IA eventually uncovered a 16-person credit card fraud ring that was based in Far Rockaway, New York, and specifically targeted liquor and cigarette stores. The subjects had been renting cars for months at a time and hauling the low-tax liquor and cigarettes to sell in New York. The IA tied together 32 incidents in eight states and compiled a 22-page packet detailing the subjects and a timeline of the incidents. Her efforts resulted in information-sharing among 21 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

The IA said, “I developed this case [almost] exclusively with N-DEx, and without the system, this case would not have been nearly as successful. N-DEx truly is an invaluable resource, and I have had many case successes that otherwise would not have happened without data from N-DEx.”


For more information about how N-DEx can help your law enforcement agency, please contact the program office at ndex@leo.gov or call (304) 625-0555.


Source: FBI


Madigan and 15 Attorneys General File Amicus Brief in Support of New York’s Lawsuit Against Immigration Ban

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Illinois and Massachusetts lead coalition of AGs in support of extending temporary restraining order blocking unconstitutional travel ban


CHICAGO, IL  – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and 15 other attorneys general filed an amicus brief in support of the lawsuit against the Executive Order on immigration in the Eastern District of New York, which the State of New York has joined. The attorneys general support an extension of the temporary restraining order that blocked the unconstitutional immigration ban from being implemented nationwide. As a result of the executive action limiting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, as many as 100,000 visas were canceled.


“As the chief legal officer for one of the most diverse states in the nation, I am committed to protecting all of the residents of Illinois and our educational institutions and employers from the harm caused by this executive action,” Madigan said.


Attorneys general have been at the forefront of the opposition to the executive action on immigration. Today’s brief follows amicus briefs filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit supporting the Washington State lawsuit against the executive order and in the Eastern District of Virginia in support of Virginia’s lawsuit.


In the brief filed today, Madigan and the attorneys general urge the court to enter a preliminary injunction, because without continued relief from the Executive Order, the states will see a return of the chaos in airports as experienced the weekend following the issuance of the order. The states argue that without the extension of the current temporary restraining order, serious harms will continue to fall on the affected individuals who live, work, and study in their states, to their families and communities, and to the institutions and businesses that employ and educate them.


Part of the brief states: “The barred individuals include, among others, persons who have previously been granted valid U.S. visas that otherwise entitle them to work, study, and travel within the amici States. In addition to harming such individuals, the Executive Order also inhibits the free exchange of information, ideas, and talent between the seven designated countries and the amici States.”


The amicus brief highlights that the Executive Order has already caused concrete irreparable harms to the states’ residents, institutions, and businesses. Specifically, the states argue that the order harmed state colleges and universities, creating staffing gaps, precluding students’ attendance, and imposing additional costs and administrative burdens; that it has disrupted staffing and research at state medical institutions; and that it has immediately reduced tax revenues and is harming the economies of the states more broadly.


Attorney General Madigan has condemned the Executive Order as unconstitutional, unlawful and un-American. Earlier this week, Madigan issued a letter to Illinois Governor Rauner urging him and his administration to fight the executive orders and protect Illinois immigrants and refugees from discrimination and hate crimes and a separate order stating that sanctuary jurisdictions are not eligible to receive certain federal grants. As immigrants and refugees seek out information and help about the Executive Orders, Madigan also issued advice about the possibility of scam artists and unscrupulous immigration services providers illegally pose as lawyers or demand excessive upfront fees for assistance in the wake of the executive actions.


Joining Madigan and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey in sending the amicus brief are attorneys General from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

The full amicus brief is available here.

“As state attorneys general, our job is to enforce the laws and to stand up for our states and our residents,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said. “The Trump administration’s Executive Order is unconstitutional, counterproductive, and harmful to the interests of our states. I join with my colleagues nationwide in a commitment to hold this administration accountable to the rule of law.”



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