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FBI inspects doctor’s records

The FBI and other officials are looking into the affairs of a local doctor as part of a reported investigation of Medicaid fraud.

FBI Special Agent Sheila Thorne confirmed that agents were at Dr. Lynn Foret’s office with investigators from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the state Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday.

Thorne gave no specifics on agents’ actions at the office, which is on Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive, and no charges or arrests have been made.

Foret is part of the St. Patrick Hospital Medical Group, which he joined this month. Hospital officials had been made aware of the investigation.

In March, President Barack Obama announced efforts to crack down on waste and fraud in Medicare, Medicaid and other government programs.

The Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act gave government agencies extra funds for payment recapture audits, meant to root out improper payments.

December 17, 2010 at 2:33 am

Reward offered in 2008 murder

published Oct. 15, 2010
FBI, Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office offer $20,000 for man’s arrest
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

Local FBI agents on Thursday announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted for a February 2008 murder.

Since April 2008, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has had an arrest warrant and indictment for 22-year-old Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara for the slaying of his neighbor, Wanda Barton, 26.

He is charged with second-degree murder, aggravated rape and aggravated burglary.

“We believe he broke into her mobile home, raped her and then stabbed her to death,” said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

Barton’s body was found on the morning of Feb. 20 in her south Lake Charles mobile home. Her 4-year-old son was found in the trailer unharmed.

The next day, detectives identified Garcia Guevara as a person of interest. He has been missing ever since, and officials believe he fled to his hometown of Rioverde, San Luis Potosi, in central Mexico.

Mancuso said that since the slaying two years ago, local officials have been assisted in their search by the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. marshals.

Federal officials have issued a warrant for Garcia Guevara for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
He is described as being 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 185-190 pounds.

Mancuso said there is a chance Garcia Guevara has tried to travel to Dallas, Houston or New Mexico using fake documents.

“This case has been profiled on our FBI website and ‘America’s Most Wanted,’ ” said Hall Jones, senior supervisory agent for the Lafayette-Lake Charles area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or the FBI at 433-6353.

October 15, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Experts describe ID theft ins, outs

Law enforcement seminar speakers from Fla., Texas
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

Texas law enforcement officials described one-stop shops for fake IDs, and Florida investigators displayed palm-size scanners that can be used to steal credit card information.

Nearly 100 police officers from across south Louisiana on Wednesday heard about these and other concerns at a seminar on identity theft at the Lake Charles Civic Center.

John Brewer with the Harris County (Texas) District Attorney’s Office talked about issues just across the Sabine River that affect Southwest Louisiana. One of the Houston-area’s biggest issues is ID shops.

“These are mostly at flea markets, and you can get a fake license and Social Security card,” Brewer said.

A bigger issue is that most license and Social Security numbers are real, and people are finding random credit card accounts and leases showing up on their credit reports, Brewer said.

“We have college students from Louisiana and Texas, as well as illegal immigrants, coming to these ID shops,” Brewer said.

Another emerging trend in Houston is the use of dead people’s identities. Brewer said Texas amended its identity theft statutes to include the dead.

“It’s become more prevalent because the family members usually don’t notice the theft until six months or later after they have buried their loved one,” Brewer.

Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon said Louisiana’s identity theft law doesn’t include “deceased” in the language, and that he had mentioned the topic to local legislators.

Mike Prusinski with LifeLock said discussions across state lines are the most important aspect of the seminars, which are sponsored by LifeLock and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Board.

“Depending on where you go in the country, not only do the terms for the crimes change, but the laws change,” Prusinski said.

Brewer said the Texas Legislature had to amend its identity theft laws to include parents who used their children’s identities to get credit cards and for household bills.

Wayne Ivey with the Florida Department of Investigation said consumers also need to be aware of who has their personal information.

“The most likely form of ID theft is ‘skimming,’ ” Ivey said. It refers to when someone steals credit card numbers with a portable scanner. He showed scanners that completely fit in the palm of a hand.

“Many restaurants now have wireless credit card machines that servers can bring to your table,” Ivey said. “But if they don’t, I encourage people to accompany the server to the computer.”

LifeLock and the FBI plan to hold 12 more seminars throughout the country this year.

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February 25, 2010 at 6:37 pm Leave a comment

Leesville man gets 17 years in child-porn case

*published Sept. 10, 2009

BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

A Leesville man was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Wednesday to 17 1/2 years in prison for distribution of child pornography.

George Luis Roman III was snagged in a March 2007 operation in which FBI agents posed in chat rooms as pedophiles looking for sexually explicit images and videos, according to the affidavit.

Roman contacted an agent via instant messenger in an AOL chat room. During the chat, he talked about child pornography and sent a photo and video of girls believed to be between 5 and 7 years old having sex with a man.

In August 2007, Alexandria FBI agents found “more than 400 images of prepubescent and teenage children,” and four child pornography video files in a search of Roman’s Leesville home, according to the affidavit. Most of the children were engaged in sexual acts, the document says.

A search of Roman’s e-mail records reportedly turned up more than 4,000 pornographic images and more than 20 child pornographic video files stored in his e-mail account.

At the sentencing, Roman apologized and said he was sorry he hurt his family. His attorney, Joseph Beck, asked for leniency, saying his client had no previous criminal record and that Roman felt his bout with alcoholism contributed to his poor judgment.

His wife, mother and uncle — who is a police officer in another state — testified that Roman knew he made a mistake and that he was sorry for what he had done.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Luke Walker read part of a letter from one of the victims in the photos.

The girl, now 19, is the subject of the “Vicky series,” a widely disseminated set of pornographic photos that stemmed from a case investigated by Richland, Wash., police in 2000. The photos show a man sexually abusing his daughter when she was 10 and 11.

In the letter, the victim describes the paranoia she feels each day as she worries that someone she passes may recognize her.

“They are trading my trauma, and it feels like I am being raped by each and every one of them,” the letter says.

There were other letters submitted asking the court not to show Roman leniency.

Walker said he took offense at the uncle’s statement that the crime “was a dumb thing to do.”

“This was a continued deviant act, and they are talking about this like it was a robbery,” Walker said.

Judge Patricia Minaldi said that in “almost all” of her child sex offender cases, the men had no previous criminal record.

“Some people treat this as a victimless crime because most of the time you can’t identify the victims,” Minaldi said. “That is not so in this case.”

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September 10, 2009 at 10:09 pm Leave a comment