Suffolk woman pleads guilty to $294,000 Medicaid fraud

Suffolk woman pleads guilty to $294,000 Medicaid fraud

By Tara Bozick, 757-247-4741 Daily Press4:14 p.m. EST, February 19, 2013

The owner of a Suffolk home health care service pleaded guilty in federal court in Norfolk Tuesday to defrauding the Virginia Medicaid program of $294,000, according to a news release.

Angie L. Gilchrist, 57, of Suffolk faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride. She is scheduled for sentencing on May 22.

Gilchrist, who owned A-Z Alpha Omega In-Home Personal Care Service LLC, filed about 385 false claims with Virginia Medicaid, according to the news release. The company falsely claimed providing respite care for 38 Medicaid recipients when no care was provided, according to the release.

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Child Abuse

Child Abuse 

Child abuse occurs all too often and can occur in a wide variety of forms. Although each state describes the act of child abuse and neglect differently almost all states recognize four common types of abuse and neglect on children such as sexual abuse, emotional abuse, child neglect and physical abuse. Sadly, when children are abused by their parents or caretakers you tend to find a combination of these types of abuse occurring within the home. Most Jurisdictions in Virginia consider parental substance abuse and abandonment as a form of child abuse as well.

Physical abuse is when a child is physically harmed in a non-accidental manner which can range from severe injuries to minor bruises and injuries. These injuries are typically caused from physical violence from a parent or caregiver due to hitting, punching, throwing, kicking, biting, hitting with an object, burning, beating or shaking a child whom the caregiver holds primary responsibility for. Even if the parent or caregiver did not mean to hurt the child by their actions, if bodily injury occurrs then it is considered to be physical abuse. Spanking a child is not considered to be physical abuse as long as it is within reasonable limitations and does not cause bodily harm to the child.

Child neglect is another common form of abuse and occurs when the caregiver or parent does not do what is required in order to meet the basic needs of the child. Child neglect can take on many forms such as failing to provide adequate food or shelter, lack of supervision, failure to provide necessary medical care or treatment, failure to provide the needed special education for a child with special needs, failure to properly educate a child by not sending them to school or due to consistent truancy, failure to attend to the emotional needs of the child and allowing the child to perform inappropriate activities such as consuming alcohol or drugs. Although in some cases the religious beliefs, cultural values and poverty may be considered when determining if these actions are considered to be child neglect.

Sexual abuse is a form of child abuse that is especially heinous and occurs when a parent or caregiver performs inappropriate sexual actions with a child in their care. Penetration, fondling of a child, incest, indecent exposure, rape, exploitation and sodemy are all forms of sexual abuse in a child. Any form of incest, sexual exploitation, prostitution or molestation by a parent relative or caregiver is considered to be a form of child sexual abuse and is a prosecutable offense in all states!

The last type of child abuse that we will discuss is emotional abuse and occurs when a pattern of consistent behavior causes harm to the emotional development of the child. This can be a variety of things such as constant yelling, criticism, rejection and threats or withholding love, guidance and support as a form of punishment. This type of child abuse is often hard to prove and makes it extremely hard for child protection services to remove the child from the situation unless the abuse is able to be proven to cause mental harm, injury or long term emotional damage to the child.

Article Written by John Morse

Jodi Arias

Has anyone followed this case at all?

Innocent or Guilt is still to be decided by a Jury, however in my opinion, this woman could not be a worse witness.  Has her Attorney failed her by allowing her to get her on the stand?

Jodi Arias weeps in Arizona death penalty case as testimony turns to killing of lover

Published March 01, 2013

Associated Press

PHOENIX –  Jodi Arias sobbed uncontrollably, burying her face in her hands as a prosecutor relentlessly questioned her about the day she stabbed and shot her lover to death then methodically went about covering her tracks.

“Ma’am, were you crying when you were shooting him?” prosecutor Juan Martinez snapped.

“I don’t remember,” Arias replied, weeping.

“Were you crying when you were stabbing him?” Martinez asked.

“I don’t remember,” Arias said softly.

“How about when you cut his throat, were you crying then?” the prosecutor asked loudly.

Thursday’s testimony was the most dramatic in the widely watched death penalty trial that has captured headlines nationwide for weeks with salacious tales of raunchy sex, betrayal and a bloody killing.

Arias, 32, is charged in the June 2008 death of her lover in his suburban Phoenix home. She says she was forced to fight for her life after Travis Alexander attacked her, but police say she planned the killing in a jealous rage. Arias initially told authorities she had nothing to do with Alexander’s death, then later blamed it on masked intruders before settling on self-defense.

Testimony resumes next week after Martinez concluded his cross-examination Thursday.

He has been working to chip away at her numerous stories over four days of intense questioning, during which she has admitted to lying repeatedly. She says she was too scared and ashamed to tell the truth sooner, but Martinez has pointed out how she was meticulously planning an alibi immediately after the killing.

She dumped the gun in the desert, got rid of her bloody clothes, tried to clean the scene at his home and even left Alexander a voicemail on his mobile phone within hours of killing him.

Arias admitted she was trying not to get caught.

“There would be no other reason to leave a dead man a telephone message would there?” Martinez noted.

“Um, that was my goal,” Arias replied.

Alexander’s body was found crumpled in his shower about five days later. He had been stabbed and slashed 27 times, had his throat slit and was shot in the forehead.

Arias says she recalls little from the day of the killing.

She said Alexander lunged at her after she dropped his new camera while taking nude photos of him after a day of sex. She said he body-slammed her and chased her around the house. She grabbed a gun from his closet and fired it as they tussled, but she has no recollection of stabbing him. Arias said she disposed of the gun in the desert, then went to visit a man in Utah, acting as if nothing had happened in an attempt to throw off suspicion.

“I was terrified,” Arias said.

But as she stammered trying to answer questions, Martinez hammered her over photos taken by police at the scene of the killing that appeared to contradict some of her testimony.

Arias said Alexander was angrily charging her “like a linebacker” when she hurriedly reached for his gun on a shelf in his closet, yet Martinez pointed out in the photos how nothing seemed to be disturbed, not a shoe or tie out of place after what she described as a frantic fight.

Martinez then had Arias imitate for jurors how she says Alexander charged at her. She stood from the witness stand, bent over, lowered her head and stretched out her arms as if she was trying to tackle someone.

Arias says Alexander had grown physically abusive prior to the attack yet no witnesses have testified and jurors have seen no evidence indicating he had ever been violent in the past, no mention of abuse in numerous text messages, emails and recorded phone calls between Arias and the victim.

“Nowhere in those text messages does he ever threaten you physically, does he?” Martinez asked.

Arias paused briefly, apparently thinking out loud: “Hmmm, no.”

Martinez also noted how Arias maintained for several years after the killing that Alexander didn’t even own a gun, accusing her of only making up that story to help her get off.

“Yes, years it took me to admit it,” Arias acknowledged.

Authorities, however, don’t believe he had a weapon.

Arias’ grandparents had reported a .25 caliber handgun stolen from their Yreka home in Northern California about a week before Alexander’s death — the same caliber used to shoot him — yet she said she didn’t even know her grandfather had the weapon.

“You brought the gun from Yreka, didn’t you?” Martinez said sharply.

“No,” Arias replied.

The two traded barbs as Martinez tried to get Arias to recall more details from the moments after she said she shot him.

“I don’t remember anything after that point,” Arias said.

“No, you don’t remember a single solitary thing after that right?” Martinez said almost sarcastically.

She replied that she only recalled “pieces.”

Martinez then hit her with repeated questions about what she did when she left Alexander’s home, noting if she was in a “fog,” as she said, how could she have had the foresight to begin covering her tracks.

“Why would you even think of taking the gun unless you really knew what was going on?” he asked.

“I can only speculate because I don’t remember,” Arias said.

Martinez later displayed a photograph of Alexander’s body, his back covered in stab wounds.

“If he’s being stabbed in the back, would you acknowledge at that point that he’s no threat to you?” Martinez asked.

“I don’t know,” Arias replied crying.

“How could he possibly be a threat to you?” the prosecutor continued.

“I can only guess. I don’t know what you’re asking me,” Arias responded.

“All of these lies, ma’am, are meant for your benefit so you can escape responsibility,” Martinez noted at one point.

Arias looked back confused.

“You would have been satisfied to avoid any responsibility for the killing of Mr. Alexander, wouldn’t you?” Martinez said.

Arias paused again before replying: “Relieved.”

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Working as a Private Investigator

For decades, fictional characters such as Sherlock Holmes and Magnum P.I. have glorified the private investigator turning them into a hot commodity. Although private investigators can be tasked with some exciting cases, their main responsibility is to uncover the facts and bring justice to their clients.

“Media portrayal of private investigators is far more exotic than the actual day-to-day dynamics,” says Roger Humber, director of the Criminal Justice department at South University, Montgomery. “The typical day will depend on the case or service that the PI has contracted to perform.”

Instead of being inspired by fictional private investigators, John Morse, owner of Morse Investigation Services, decided to open his own firm after hiring an investigation professional to do work for him more than 10 years ago.

“I found the experience horrible,” Morse says. “I knew a lot of the tricks of the industry and knew I could do a better job.”

Morse had to put in a lot of hard work in order to get his firm started.

In Virginia, where his firm is located, he says candidates for private investigator jobs are required to meet certain guidelines and minimum training requirements.

He had prior experience running a business and managing people, which he says helped him to avoid some of the common pitfalls of starting a new business.

When hiring private investigators to add to his staff, Morse says he has found that no matter what is taught in a classroom or read in a book, there is no replacement for actual experience.

“Sometimes life experience in general is more than enough,” Morse says.

Media portrayal of private investigators is far more exotic than the actual day-to-day dynamics.

When a firm is staffed with good, hard-working, knowledgeable investigators, Morse says providing good customer service is probably the single most important aspect of managing a private investigation firm.

“You must manage your clients’ budget, expectations, and ensure that your client is kept up to date,” Morse says. “Managing a large caseload and multiple investigators is an arduous task. We utilize cloud base case management that allows our investigators to update a case in real time. This has proved to be a wise investment and has saved countless man hours.”


As a private investigator, Morse says his work hours can often be long and unpredictable.

“If an investigator is not careful you will end up working nearly 24 hours a day,” he says. “There are cases that can only be worked at times when the only people that should be awake are the law and the outlaw. People under investigation typically mess up when it is least convenient for you as an investigator to respond. That is why it is so important to be able and ready to drop what you are doing and go after your subject without notice.”

Morse says his firm primarily focuses on family law cases.

“However we have had great success with cold case murders, criminal defense cases, and personal injury cases,” he says.


Gabriele Suboch, an adjunct Criminal Justice instructor at South University, Online, says private investigator jobs span a wide variety of specialties, ranging from divorce to fraud. And that they mainly focus on civil issues, as the police are typically responsible for criminal cases.

“The PI is not allowed to make an arrest,” Suboch says.

Suboch says private investigators are commonly retired law enforcement officers, mostly detectives.

She says a private investigator must have good interview, computer, photography and interpersonal skills, in addition to a firm understanding of laws regarding what you can do and where you can go without a search warrant.

“A weapons permit is also strongly recommended,” Suboch says.

She also notes the importance of private investigators being knowledgeable in their line of work, so they can recognize everything they will need to do for an investigation to be a success.

Humber says the private investigation profession is not as strictly regulated as publicly funded criminal justice entities.

“There are no universal minimum standard criteria for someone interested in pursuing this career field,” Humber says. “For example, in Alabama there is currently no statewide regulation or requirement for someone wishing to become a PI.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) most states do require a private investigator to have a license, but specific laws vary according to each state.

Most states also require private investigators carrying a handgun to meet additional requirements, according to the BLS.

A private investigator specializing in negligence or criminal defense investigation can obtain the Certified Legal Investigator certification, offered by the National Association of Legal Investigators to demonstrate expertise in the field, says the BLS. Investigation professionals with a security specialization can also get a Professional Certified Investigator certification from ASIS International.

According to the BLS, private investigator jobs are expected to experience a 21% increase between 2010 and 2020. This is due to increasing security concerns and the need to keep property and confidential information secure.

Advances in technology have also led to an increasing number of cyber crimes, including identity theft, spamming, internet scams, and financial and insurance fraud, which has assisted in the demand for private investigators, says the BLS.

Author: Laura Jerpi

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Richmond Private Investigator appointed to PIAVA Board of Directors

Well known Richmond Virginia Private Investigator, John Morse of Morse Investigation Services, LLC has been appointed to the Board of Directors of PIAVA and joins other distinguished members.

Virginia, Feb 26, 2013 — Morse Investigation Services is please to announce that its founder, John Morse , has been appointed to the board of directors of the The Private Investigators Association of Virginia, Inc. (PIAVA)

The Private Investigators Association of Virginia, Inc. (PIAVA) is a professional association of Private Investigators who are individually registered with the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in the Commonwealth of Virginia in accordance with Virginia statute; and, in turn, of private security service businesses that have been licensed by DCJS to provide investigative services in the Commonwealth of Virginia to the public.

In a message sent out to the active members of PIAVA by current President Phil Becnel “I’m very proud to announce that we appointed a new member to our Board last Thursday: John Morse with Morse Investigation Services, LLC in Richmond. Welcome aboard, John!” Says Phil Becnel President of PIAVA

The PIAVA Board consists of four positions voted for by members and three positions appointed by the elected Board, including the Executive Director position. Our current Board consists of the following:

President: Philip Becnel

Vice President: Mickey Lasky

Treasurer: Margaret Kerr-McKown

Secretary: Bob Mrak (replaced Linda Buczek)

Appointed Board Members

Executive Director: Ron McKown

Director: Ed Leary

Director: John Morse

” I am truly grateful for the chance to serve on the Board and looks forward to assisting the PIAVA in moving forward with its current goals.” – John Morse


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