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gibsonI have been contemplating for over a year if I wanted to add the CrimeDons, ‘bad boys’, to our conversation. After reviewing so many articles about their white-collar crimes, I think it’s only fair game at this point. Unfortunately, Madoff is the poster boy. You see how well known he is. . . I didn’t have to include his first name as infamous as he has become.

Our first, CrimeDons are, father and son, Earnest Gibson III, 70, the former president of Riverside General Hospital, and Earnest Gibson IV, 37, the operator of Devotions Care Solutions, a satellite psychiatric facility of Riverside General Hospital The two, among others, were convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks, conspiracy to commit money laundering, as well as related counts of paying or receiving illegal kickbacks for approximately $158 million that was billed to Medicare for false and fraudulent claims of services that were never provided. These services were billed for intensive outpatient treatment for severe mental illness. Gibson the III was sentenced to 45 years in prison where he will undoubtly die, and Gibson IV were sentenced to 20 years. [Photo by Susan Du]

As you can imagine many departments eagerly took part in bringing this father and son CrimeDons down: The Justice Department’s Criminal Division, he Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation’s, the Texas Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services-Office of the Inspector General, the Railroad Retirement Board-Office of Inspector General, and the Office of Personnel Management-Office of Inspector General.

What I find interesting, is Gibson the III had been a target of law enforcement for healthcare fraud for a years, but never charged. It was stated that he put policies in effect in the hospital to prevent the very situation that arose. It was not until 2012, as part of a nationwide healthcare ‘fraud purge’ [interesting choice of word-could be a  witch-hunt], federal investigators accused Riverside’s assistant administrator Mohammed Khan of directing so-called marketers to headhunt patients who would be profitable for the hospital that the Gibsons being head of the hospital was charged.. Strangely, the prosecution and defense agree that there was never any direct evidence linking Gibson to fraudulent Medical billings, but prosecutors said that either Gibson took part in the conspiracy or he turned a blind eye because he ‘must have known’ what was going on in his own hospital. Really!!!!

It seems regardless of Mr. Gibson innocence he and his son were given long prison sentences because either they did not agree, or were not offered a plea deal as was Mr. Khan and all the rest that agreed to testify against the father and son. Mr. Gibson maintains his innocence. I find it very interesting that many of the cases I have reviewed that involved corporate crimes and very few end up going to prison. Despite the fact, there wasn’t any evident directly connecting Mr. Gibson to the fraud; he was sentenced to 45 years. That is far more that any of those that were directly responsible for the illegal activities. This is the price of not knowing.

According to professionals connected to the hospital and those in the community, Mr. Gibson had brought the old broke down hospital back to life, which became a great service center for the poor and underserved in the community. Unfortunately, last I read this much-needed hospital in that community is closing its doors.

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