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Medicaid Fraud Ring Had Bronx Bus Company With Absent Drivers Plea Then CJA Denied

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 18 – Yesenia Rodriguez, Julio Alvarado and others were charged in a Medicaid fraud conspiracy.  

     On June 29, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Kimba M. Wood held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

 The scheme described in the complaint involves KJ Transportation C Services Inc., offering "non emergency medical transportation" with an office in The Bronx.

There were fake addresses in Brooklyn used, and a listed driver who was not even the US at the time.  

Jump cut to August 5, 2022 in the Magistrates Court, with Inner City Press the only media present. Co-defendant Julio Alvarado, with a CJA lawyer, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker with a guideline of 97 to 120 months, and agreed to forfeit $8,507,115.19.

   If he has that, how does he have a taxpayer funded public defender? Is the forfeiture a legal fiction? Ten years is a long time.

Yesenia Rodriguez, who missed an August 2 telephone appearance, was to have come in at 11:30 am. She signed a consent to plead before a Magistrate Judge.

Jump cut to May 2024 - co-defendant Julio Alvarado had mailed to him the denial of his request for a(nother) CJA lawyer, to pursue an ineffective counsel claims under 28 USC 2255, citing Pennsylvania v. Finley, 481 U.S. 551, 555 (1987).

The overall case is US v. Abreu Gil et al., 20-cr-199 (Wood)


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