A businessman described as the hub of a group known as the "Medical Mafia" has been indicted by federal authorities on multiple charges, and more indictments are expected. Read on for a link to the federal criminal indictment against Howard Awand.More>>
Federal prosecutors turned up the heat in front of a grand jury putting some of the most successful doctors and lawyers in Las Vegas in the crosshairs of a conspiracy investigation. The I-Team's George Knapp has the exclusive story.More>>
A federal grand jury issued subpoenas Tuesday to several of the biggest names in Las Vegas, including prominent doctors and lawyers. George Knapp of the I-Team broke the story and has the exclusive update. More>>
A federal investigation into alleged fraud by prominent Las Vegas doctors and lawyers appears to be moving forward. The Eyewitness News I-Team first reported on the probe in 2005. More>>
(May 22) -- Federal prosecutors unveiled the latest move in their investigation of Las Vegas doctors and lawyers. George Knapp of the I-Team first broke the story about the investigation.
They unsealed an 18-count indictment against two men alleged to have participated in a wide-ranging conspiracy to defraud patients and clients and insurance companies out of millions of dollars.
Two names were made public Tuesday at the federal courthouse, two of what could be many.
The scheme that the I-Team has described in previous reports is what federal prosecutors outlined Tuesday afternoon -- doctors and lawyers working together to inflate the value of medical injury cases and then fleece the injured parties out of their rightful share of legal settlements. The FBI believes the amount ranges into tens of millions of dollars.
One of the men indicted is 69-year-old personal injury lawyer Noel Gage. He's been a lawyer for 45 years and looked very much out of place amid the other criminal suspects in federal court.
Gage declined comment except to say he hopes the I-Team will cover the story when he is exonerated. But his defense lawyers have a tough road ahead.
The indictment against Gage is very detailed, alleging more than a million dollars in kickbacks paid by Gage to the other defendant, Howard Awand, the so-called middleman who is suspected of funneling some of that money to doctors who helped inflate the value of personal injury cases.
Acting U.S. Attorney Steve Myhre made no secret of the fact that there is much more to come. He stated, "This is ongoing and expansive..."
As the I-Team has been reporting for the past 17 months or more, at least seven local attorneys and seventeen local doctors are suspected of participating in the scheme, which has been under investigation since 2003.
Noel Gage is slated to go to trial in July. By then, it's entirely possible that we will know some other names and hear of other indictments.
The I-Team asked Mr. Myhre if any of those kickbacks made their way to public officials. He declined to comment, at least for now.
Monday, September 1 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:06:07 GMT
Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. In some cases, it has to do with a language barrier, but in most cases, it is fear among undocumented immigrants that they could end up being deported. More>>
Some medical providers say they often deal with Hispanic patients who are afraid to seek medical care. It's hoped the opening of a new medical clinic will change that.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:58:50 GMT
The three-day holiday weekend ended with visitors crowding the airport and freeways as they made their way back home. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Association, around 313,000 people visited Las Vegas over the Labor Day weekend. More>>
The three-day holiday weekend ended with visitors crowding the airport and freeways as they made their way back home.
Monday, September 1 2014 5:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:51:43 GMT
Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun. More>>
Tens of thousands of people bid farewell to summer by enjoying Lake Mead for Labor Day weekend. While there were a few minor rescues, DUI's and boating incidents, the vast majority of people had some fun in the sun.