Saturday, March 26, 2011

Miss San Antonio wins court battle -- Medicaid Fraud an issue in the trial

Carloline Harrgard Flores is on the left
We know our priorities here in South Texas.  In a rocket-docket, a Bexar County jury reinstated Dominque Ramierez as "Ms. San Antonio" after the "Miss Bexar County Organization, Inc." striped her of her crown.  The San Antonio Express News reports  "ousted beauty queen Domonique Ramirez retrieved her title and crown Thursday under a national media spotlight after a lawsuit jury unanimously decided the pageant organization that fired her had breached her contract.  'I don't have any choice but to reinstate Miss Ramirez as Miss San Antonio 2011,' state District Judge Barbara Hanson Nellermoe told the parties after shaking each departing juror's hand."

So what's the Medicaid fraud angle here?  As reported by the Express News, it turns out that "pageant executive director Caroline Haggard Flores, had served federal prison time for tax evasion and Medicaid fraud, and Ramirez's attorneys repeatedly reminded jurors of it during the weeklong trial." 

Where else in the world would you have the combination of a beauty queen trial and Medicaid fraud!  Congrats to Ms. Ramierez and her attorneys (good lawyers).  (To be clear, Ms. Ramierez (once again Ms. San Antonio) is not a Medicaid fraudster.)  This goes to show you that Medicaid fraud can come back to bite fraudsters in unimaginable ways.   

Here is a background news story:


Photo from San Express News
Video from Kens5.com (San Antonio)


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