Skip to comments.Professor: Bad Math Led to $100 Million Medicare Fraud Tally
Posted on 12/06/2017 10:25:37 PM PST by nickcarraway
Attorneys for a prominent Florida eye doctor used a statistician to challenge the government's assertion that he stole $100 million from the federal Medicaid program.
The amount Dr. Salomon Melgen stole will help determine the length of his sentence. The government said its estimate is based on a random sample of 310 patients.
But University of North Florida math professor Donna Mohr testified Wednesday the sample wasn't random, making the extrapolation faulty.
U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra didn't say whether he will accept Mohr's testimony.
Marra had been expected to sentence Melgen on Thursday after both sides make arguments, but the judge said Wednesday he might need more time to decide the sentence. The 63-year-old Melgen could get life; his lawyers want less than 10 years.
He is separately charged with bribing New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez.
Some numbers, like those that start with one occur more randomly than others, like numbers that start with nine. For anybody that remembers slide rules its why the lines bunch up as you move nearer to nine.
Wow, the article actually uses the word Democrat when talking about a Senator the accepted a bribe!
Whoever wrote this story is going to get a talking to by his editor for not following the style guide when writing this story.
The corruption. The corruption. One wonders if the universe is listening.
There is a three mile wide asteroid out there making a close pass by Earth as we speak.
Note where the info is in the article
Most readers who get past a headline don’t read more than a couple of paragraphs in.
NBC buried the lead.
Without knowing the details, the fact that he is also involved with Melendez tells me he should get life without parole.
100 million? What if it’s only 50 million? Does that make it ok? Massive fraud is massive fraud.
Lock him up. Maybe we can save room by putting Menendez in the same cell. Hillary’s next.
Yep. A great way to see if numbers picked are really random or not. (Unless the fellow doing the fraud is aware of this law)
They need a new editor. The headline doesn’t match the story. Medicare != Medicaid
Medicaid fraud is rampant.
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