In the capital of medicare fraud, Miami therapist Paul Thomas Layman and his cohorts pulled off a doozy of a heist, stealing $63 million from the federal government through bogus mental health services. Now Layman will spend the next nine years in federal prison following his sentencing hearing yest ... More >>
Congratulations, we're 119th!Gallup has once again released its annual Well-Being Index, and of the country's 189 metropolitan statistical areas, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano area came in 119th. Which still isn't that great, but it's a stark improvement from our 146th ranking in 2011.
A former drug trafficker who found a lucrative career in Medicare fraud shortly after his release from prison is getting another 14 years in the slammer. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga sentenced Armando "Mandy" Gonzalez for orchestrating a $63 million Medicare scam between 2004 ... More >>
Lady Gaga is posting pictures of herself in her undies. But Mother Monster doesn't think she's very sexy.
The Born This Way starlet took to her new social media site to share pictures of her bare body with fans while also revealing her constant struggle with eating disorders since she was 15.
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Soon after Rudy Eugene gnawed off Ronald Poppo's face near the MacArthur Causeway in May, the media ran wild speculating he was high on "bath salts." Later, commentators suspected LSD, coke, Ecstasy, or PCP. Eugene's girlfriend even insisted a voodoo curse was to blame.Yet when Eugene's autopsy came ... More >>
Tax day is scheduled for next Tuesday, April 17. The IRS is giving us two extra days to file returns. This also means two extra days to worry about audits, refunds, proper documentation, math errors, and identity theft problems. Believe it or not, there are ways to muffle tax-time anxiety.
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The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling reports it has seen a large uptick in calls to its help line in the past year, indicating that gambling addiction may be on the rise in the Sunshine State. The report comes after Governor Rick Scott slashed the program's budget, and as state lawmakers mu ... More >>
Even the most passionate Miami Dolphins fans might not remember Alvin Powell. The offensive lineman played only two games for the Fins in 1989 before suddenly resigning. His play on the field wasn't much helped by the fact that he was addicted to crack cocaine. Now the former NFL player has turne ... More >>
Bad doctors, bad. Miami has long been the country's capitol for Medicare fraud schemes, and today federal authorities arrested four people associated with American Therapeutic Corporation and charged the Miami-based company with fleecing $200 million from Medicare. The company is accused of preyi ... More >>
Chambers shows off her "car horn organ" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Aug. 2000Local composer Wendy Mae Chambers is known for her avant-garde musical scores and quirky instruments, not her singing voice. But she must have sung one helluva tune in court earlier this month to avoid going to ja ... More >>
Having no health insurance sucks. Just ask Cecil Gamarra. Three years ago, the soft-spoken 42-year-old noticed his young Haitian wife beginning to change. She stopped sleeping and would vanish for days at a time. Sometimes she'd mutter things about people who didn't exist -- and places she'd never v ... More >>
Lawyers working for Jackson Memorial Hospital have their hands full. The mammoth, publicly-funded facility has been sued over 160 times in the past five years. But few complaints are as disturbing as the one filed yesterday.
It came from Lisa Burton, former director of patient care in the mental h ... More >>
It could be the most important legislation for Floridians with mental illness since the Baker Act in the 1970s. But you wouldn't know it from the amount of press it's getting. A House panel approved a measure yesterday that would divert some of the state's most mentally ill to treatment centers inst ... More >>
Report: More 9-year-old bulemics reading food labelsNow, I don't want to make light of the eleven million Americans who suffer from eating disorders, particularly since around ten million of them are women or girls. This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, so let me say right now that ... More >>
In an attempt to fix a broken system, Judge Steve Leifman announced plans this morning for a first-of-its-kind "pilot facility" to house mentally ill individuals with criminal charges in Miami-Dade. Leifman -- an articulate, bespectacled advisor to the Supreme Court on mental health issues -- expl ... More >>
When so many Americans have trouble seeing a doctor for the common cold, getting proper mental health care seems like a luxury. Unsurprisingly, many people who most need mental health help wind up in the corrections system. The Miami-Dade delegation in the state legislature recently invited Gov. Ch ... More >>