I was glancing at the Late Show Writers' blog and ran across an entry consisting of a top ten list they had pulled off the internet. They can't actually write one, you see, because they are on strike. So they simply searched the net and posted any list that said "top ten." (Note to Dave Letterman: try looking for talent among non union writers.)
Anyway, to the point. The list they had pulled up was the Top Ten Insurance Fraud Cases - Fiscal Year 2007, and lo and behold, there was the name of a doc whose services I had used in another city. You can see his name at the link. I'm not going to mention it here. This was a doc who poked a tube where the sun don't shine, so perhaps you can imagine which muscle tightened when I saw this. Here's what the Texas Department of Insurance said about him (name removed):
______, a former doctor from Houston, developed several schemes to defraud health insurers, including billing for services not rendered, unbundling pharmaceutical drugs and selling them at a substantial profit and up-coding. _____ was convicted in federal court on 44 counts of mail fraud and sentenced to serve 135 months in prison for his part in defrauding health insurers of more than $10 million dollars. Prior to his Texas court appearance, _____ was arrested in Florida for setting fire to a $3.2 million dollar house he purchased for his wife. Then while awaiting trial in a Texas jail, ____ attempted to execute a murder-for-hire plot against the federal prosecutor, FBI agent and wife number six. It was unfortunate for _____ who lost another $250,000 after the government forfeited the money he wired to pay for the murder-for-hire plot. Authorities also seized in excess of $10 million of ____’s assets; those funds will be used to offset the court ordered restitution of $11 million dollars.
Just bend over and relax. You won't feel a thing.