Force FBI to Show Cause for Medical Clinic Raid
  • Petitioned Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice

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Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Department of Justice

Force FBI to Show Cause for Medical Clinic Raid

    1. Colasante Ona
    2. Petition by

      Colasante Ona

      Gainesville, FL

     The FBI raided my solo medical clinic and will not tell me why.  FBI agents also forfeited my clinic and personal bank accounts, leaving me without capital to pay my staff or bills after the raid.  A court hearing requesting return of all my patients' medical charts, return of funds, and an opening of the affidavits explaining the reasons for these damages failed on all three counts, because government agents have acquired terrific power since passage of statutes allowing them to bypass certain civil rights in the name of the war on drugs, the war on terrorism, and HIPAA.

     My clinic has been under investigation since June 2010.  It was raided on June 16, 2011.  It may be five more years before I am informed of the government's suspicions, or am able to get patient charts back, because there is a seven-year statute of limitations on investigations like this.  My lawyers cannot find a reason for the raid, nor could an independent consult hired to analyze billing and coding records.  But they say there is nothing they can do.  Meanwhile, my patients' medical care has been affected by the loss of their records, and my reputation and self-esteem have been damaged.

     Mine is not an isolated case.  Many doctors undergo audits, Medicare payment denials and "take-backs," investigations, raids, and bank forfeitures at the hands of overzealous government agents eager to further their reputations, and to patch holes in the national debt with money from raids and forced settlements.  It is so expensive and time-consuming to defend one's innocence in court that lawyers, including mine, often recommend settling.  Settling means turning over money without ever being given a reason, or being granted due process, and seems like an encouragement to the government to do this again and again. 

     With the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Act in January 2013, the United States will need 40 million new doctors.  Yet the government has stepped up its attacks on doctors by auditing en masse, accusing us of billing errors, and refusing to pay for services through Medicare.  There is no workable appeals process.  For this reason, and to steer clear of the defamation of character caused by raids like mine, 37% of physicians say they plan to retire in the next 10 years.  The rest are joining corporate group practices, working for the government, or thinking about quitting.

      The government should reduce the seven-year statute of limitations on raids and investigations, so that government prosecutors cannot hide evidence (or the absence of evidence), effectively holding people like me hostage for an intolerable numbers of years.

     Please support my petition demanding the Department of Justice to show cause for the raid on my clinic, and to do so immediately.  This will bring to the foreground the problems doctors face--especially solo doctors--and rescue me from what feels like a police state, making it difficult to concentrate on patient care.  It will also bring to light the milieu of pressure and fear within which doctors practice.  These conditions must change if we are to have enough doctors left to care for people, and any solo doctors at all.

     My blog, solodocssolong.blogspot.com, gives more details about my case.  

    

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    • Mark Barlow AMERICAN FORK, UT
      • 8 months ago

      Because I prefer freedom over tyranny!

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    • Roy Combs HAZARD, KY
      • 11 months ago

      We just had our clinic raided under a sealed affidavit. The physician who owns the clinic had his vehicles taken, his plane grounded and his home and clinic ransacked. They even took his 7 & 8 yr old daughters' tooth fairy money they had in little purses. This must stop!

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    • Simon Colasante WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 1 year ago

      Because I too am convinced she's been unjustifiably scammed and ripped off by thieves and morons as a lesson for healing the types of illness that ARE treatable a tad too competently for her own welfare. (That's putting it all very mildly and politely in my proud opinion) and I HOPE, however challenging my mother CAN be to get along with, I firmly believe that she's learned her lessons. Those of you reading this and curious to know what those are, please feel free to contact me, and I'll be honored to discuss them with you.

      Sincerely Said,

      -Simon

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    • Jeff Andrew MOSCOW, ID
      • over 1 year ago

      Medical privacy and safety and security of patients is a right!

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    • Steven Black GAINESVILLE, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      As a community pharmacist, I have filled many prescriptions written by the practitioners in Dr. C.'s office. I never saw anything irregular, and the help provided to needy patients was well known. Parties involved, and the general public, have a right to know what is truly going on.

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