Wow, we are able to’t say Lindsay Lohan‘s father moving into hassle with the regulation once more is that large a shock… that is at the least a extremely sudden cost.
Michael Lohan was arrested in Palm Seaside, Florida on Friday on prices of “affected person brokering” — accepting kickbacks in return for steering drug addicts to unscrupulous therapy facilities.
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Yeah, we’ve by no means heard of this both, however in response to an NBC Information report in 2017, this has develop into an enormous drawback in South Florida. Apparently some drug therapy facilities are making the most of the Reasonably priced Care Act and treating sufferers with good insurance coverage like money cows. As a substitute of aiming to assist, they cost hundreds for doubtful exams and counseling.
But it surely’s not nearly being dangerous at their jobs — in addition they have interaction in predatory practices, partnering with so-called “physique brokers” who scout for addicts with good insurance coverage (or younger sufficient to be on their dad and mom’ good insurance coverage) and get bounties for referring new sufferers.
It’s this crime that Lohan is accused of. State Lawyer Dave Aronberg advised NBC:
“Mr. Lohan was investigated by our Sober Houses Process Pressure and he’s being charged with receiving kickbacks for referring sufferers to drug therapy. Affected person brokering corrupts our well being care system as a result of selections are motivated by greed as an alternative of a affected person’s wants. That is our Process Pressure’s 117th arrest and won’t be our final.”
Based on court docket paperwork, the 60-year-old and his firm, Lola Restoration Ventures, had been paid at the least $25,000 in kickbacks for referring addicts to the Pleasure Restoration Middle in Delray Seaside in 2017 and 2018.
Even worse, considered one of these sufferers, per the arrest warrant, was a lady with whom Lohan was concerned in a “sexual relationship.” Affected person data present the lady, who was solely referred to by the initials “B.M.” within the docs, was admitted to Pleasure on Might 4, 2018 — and that very same day Lohan received lower a examine for five grand.
Lohan was arrested after one of many homeowners of Pleasure had been charged — and gave up names of others concerned within the scheme to get a leaner sentence. (You understand, that factor our former president stated “should be unlawful.”) That witness advised authorities they significantly remembered the $5,000 examine for the lady Lohan was allegedly sleeping with. Per the warrant:
“This specific examine stood out to [the informant] as a result of he remembered Lohan asking him … to belief him (Lohan) and that he (Lohan) is aware of affected person B. M.’s household and she or he … goes to be a money pay affected person.”
The witness advised investigators this lady was given a therapy scholarship at Pleasure as a favor to Lohan, saying she “had a sexual relationship with Lohan and that was why she was provided the scholarship.”
Ick. Even for Michael Lohan, that’s low.
LiLo’s poppa isn’t any stranger to the authorized system. His first stint in jail adopted an investigation into insider buying and selling, which resulted in a conviction for prison contempt of court docket. Over time he’s been arrested for DUI, assault, and skipping out on lodge payments. Most not too long ago he was arresting in February 2020 over an alleged assault on his estranged spouse, Kate Main.
This time Lohan is going through 4 prices of affected person brokering and considered one of conspiracy to commit affected person brokering. It’s unclear at the moment how a lot jail time that would imply if he’s convicted, nevertheless it’s clearly one thing Florida state attorneys are taking very severely.
[Image via MTV/WENN/Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office.]