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Planned Parenthood Defrauds California

John on March 11, 2008 at 11:45 am

I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that people who make their living killing infants are also thieves. Still, it’s good to know that Planned Parenthood is every bit the den of theives and liars I imagined it to be:

Victor Gonzalez, former vice-president for finance and administration of Planned Parenthood-Los Angeles secretly filed the suit in 2005 in a U.S. District Court in Los Angeles under the federal False Claims Act. The suit was unsealed earlier this week following a review by the U.S. attorney’s office.

Gonzalez, who worked for Planned Parenthood from December of 2002 until March of 2004, alleges he was fired for bringing “illegal accounting, billing and donations practices” to the attention of his superiors. The lawsuit alleges that Planned Parenthood’s irregular billing practices began in the late 1990s and continued until 2004, when the organization persuaded the state legislature to change the law, allowing it to bill the higher rates.

“The complaint documents what we believe is evidence of extensive, organized fraud by Planned Parenthood in California,” Jack Schuler, Gonzalez’s attorney, told the California Catholic Daily.

Schuler elaborated saying that “A previously buried and ignored California Department of Health Services 2004 Audit, which found more than $5 million in egregious over-billing in two years by the San Diego/Riverside Planned Parenthood affiliate, is an extraordinary indictment against Planned Parenthood.” He characterized the case as “the ultimate Hollywood movie set façade of a corporation that poses as charitable while grossly over-billing government programs funded to service the needy, not the greedy.” “I would not be shocked that criminal prosecutions might follow,” he added.

Even the pro-abortion LA Times seems shocked:

A 2004 state audit of Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside Counties — one of nine affiliates statewide — lends some support to Gonzalez’s allegations. The report identified more than $5.2 million in overbillings just during the 2003 fiscal year.

Questions about Planned Parenthood’s billing practices were raised as early as 1997 by a state Medi-Cal official, according to letters provided to The Times by Gonzalez’s attorney. In October 1997 and January 1998, the official told Kathy Kneer, the organization’s California chief executive, her affiliates were billing for oral contraceptives incorrectly.

State health officials now say, however, that they do not believe Planned Parenthood acted improperly because the organization was given contradictory guidance on billing from the state.

In fact, after Planned Parenthood complained that a lower reimbursement rate could imperil its survival, the state passed a law in 2004 allowing it to continue billing as it had been all along.

Former state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara said she sponsored the legislation to remedy the problem. “I was told and persuaded that if Planned Parenthood had to reformulate the charges . . . that they wouldn’t be able to continue providing the service, that they would be losing money,” she said. “It was a question of access, absolutely.”

Ah, I see. So Planned Parenthood and its army of lawyers and political operatives were confused, therefore they shouldn’t have been expected to follow the law. And Hannah Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara knew they’d broken the law and agreed to help change the law for them. It all makes perfect sense so long as you appreciate that California is run by pro-abortion cultists who feel PP can do no wrong. Hence the closing line of the Times piece:

Officials at the state Department of Health Care Services say they do not believe Planned Parenthood needs to repay any money already reimbursed by the state.

It’s almost like they didn’t need to think about it.

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