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And Now, Dozens of Russian Diplomats Charged with Medicaid Fraud

December 6th, 2013 - 1:46 am

Oh, and while that was going on, the Iranian Mission to the UN was running its own scam out of Manhattan, laundering millions of dollars, with Iran’s ambassadors illicitly overseeing the New York-based Alavi Foundation and the rental proceeds of an upmarket office tower with an address on Fifth Avenue — which just this September led to what U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara described as “the largest-ever terrorism-related forfeiture.” Among the former Iranian ambassadors involved in that abuse of diplomatic privilege was not only Iran’s current ambassador to the UN, Mohammad Khazaee; but also Iran’s current foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator, Javad Zarif (for more on that, read my new Weekly Standard article on “Iran’s Chief Negotiator”). Zarif served as Iran’s ambassador to the UN from 2002-2007, so his Alavi schemes overlapped with the Russian UN officials’ kickback deals as well as the early part of the Russian diplomats’ alleged Medicaid fraud.

A lively place, the UN. Congratulations to the FBI and federal prosecutors for tracking these things down. But the problem is, it takes time and resources for U.S. authorities to discover, investigate and shut down the UN-linked parade of fraud, money-laundering and abuse of diplomatic privilege. Among the 49 Russian diplomats and their spouses charged in the Medicaid case, only 11 are still in the U.S. Andy McCarthy figures most of them will have immunity, and there is no chance of a big prosecution. From the vantage of the year 2013, it becomes easier to piece together a fuller picture of the scams of eight or nine years ago. But what’s still going on? What’s happening right now? By the year 2020, what will federal prosecutors be telling us about the frauds of today?

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Time to tear down that eyesore in Turtle Bay on the East River and expel the corruptocrats and deviants out of our country. Let them setup shop in Geneva, without the US paying both the majority of the UN's budget but also the cost to NYC taxpayers. The "diplomats" don't obey traffic or parking laws and I'm sure the Russians aren't the only ones getting Medicaid or welfare benefits from us suckers. They did away with the League of Nations, now the sensible thing to do is shutter the UN. We should create another international organization with capitalistic countries and keep out the dictators and communist nations.
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Time to get the US out of the UN, and the UN out of the US. We've got enough home-grown corruption, we don't need the international variety.
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How come the DemocRATS and Left wing moonbats love talking about all the SUBSIDIES people can get for Obamacare but never explain just WHO will be paying for the SUBSIDY. Its the 50% of course who pay Federal Taxes and this is just WEALTH DISTRIBUTION from them to the feckless 47% . The whole of Obamacare is one big PONZI scheme.
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Annul Medicare fraud is greater than the total profitability of the ten largest private health care companies. But to the enthusiastic applause of liberal audiences everywhere, one of the primary justifications given for government run health care is to save us from having to pay for all of those evil profits.
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Are the people running our country blithering idiots hat drool all over themselves or what?
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And if anyone thinks the Russians are alone in fraud, think again. The easiest, and cheapist favor one of these Russians could have done for some, oh, say Zimbabwaen, colleague would have been to tip them off to the trick. Time to scrub the entire New York area Medicare and other welfare rolls for foreign "guests". Oops, can't do that- all those other poor illegals. Maybe you could just check UN and other diplomatic guests' rolls against the Medicare/ welfare rolls.

Better yet, we could invite the UN to move to Geneva. It would even help the parking in New York.
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Just imagine how much worse the FRAUD is going to be once MILLIONS more Americans are forced on to Medicaid too. BTW it took the DemocRAT REGIME longer to construct the abject failure that is the Obamacare Website than it took the USA to defeat Germany and Japan in WWII.
Now that is PATHETIC and shows just what the Left is.
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THIS GLASS WALL IS MORE LIKE AN IRON CURTAIN
It's creating East Germany on the East River. How many other UN diplomats are on Medicaid, Medicare, welfare or food stamps?
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33 weeks ago Link To Comment
Time to tear down that eyesore in Turtle Bay on the East River and expel the corruptocrats and deviants out of our country. Let them setup shop in Geneva, without the US paying both the majority of the UN's budget but also the cost to NYC taxpayers. The "diplomats" don't obey traffic or parking laws and I'm sure the Russians aren't the only ones getting Medicaid or welfare benefits from us suckers. They did away with the League of Nations, now the sensible thing to do is shutter the UN. We should create another international organization with capitalistic countries and keep out the dictators and communist nations.
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Time to get the US out of the UN, and the UN out of the US. We've got enough home-grown corruption, we don't need the international variety.
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Some years ago the Russian community in Sacramento CA learned about the free (somebody else paid) food giveaways in the Sac area. Being clever boys and girls they began cleaning out every scrap of food being given away. They showed up at the distribution points as they opened and took everything. Wasn't long before all the home grown leeches and parasites started complaining that when they showed up at 10 or 11AM all the good stuff was gone. Funny, the Russians were leeches but they weren't lazy ones.
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Public Housing for Senior Citizen in San Francisco is mostly Russian. They are also adept at using city taxi scripts reserved for medical visits to get around town without having to use the bus system. When you lose God there is no shame in your game.
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A friend of mine is a Russian immigrant, up the street from her business another business puts out a bowl of wrapped candy on the sidewalk this time of year. I asked her if that could happen in Russia. She said no, the entire table, bowl and all the candy would be stolen. A free and open giving society can not survive when, "Thou shall not steal" is not applicable to people's lives.
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What do you expect when you can't get our leeches up early enough to beat the Ruskies to the free goods?

New twist on an old question: How do you starve a LIV? Hide their food stamps under their work boots.

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Back in the days of the USSR, Moscow central planning incubated a culture in which Russians, in order to survive, learned to game the system in every possible way.

To some degree, the same is true in most of the world. Including, increasingly, the USA.
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