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Audiologist Sentenced to 94 Months in Prison for Her Role in Multimillion dollar Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme

TAMPA, FLORIDA — A Florida licensed audiologist was sentenced to 94 months in prison on March 21st, according to a US Justice Department news release, for her participation in a multimillion-dollar health care fraud and money laundering scheme. According the Justice Department, Terri Schneider, of Lakeland, Florida, was sentenced in the Middle District Court of Florida, where…

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Starkey Foundation Target of Whistleblower Suit

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA — In a story first reported by Law 360, a former employee of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, Maria Vanessa Boys Smith, sued the company in California state court on December 18, claiming that she was fired after reporting the foundation inflated the number of devices it donated.{{1}}[[1]]The case is Maria Vanessa Boys Smith…

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More Bad News for California Dispensing Business

CHICO, CALIFORNIA — Less than one month following the revelation that McDonald Hearing Aid Centers of northern California was placed under investigation by the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs, a report surfaced Monday that the state is expanding the fraud accusations against the business owner to now include separate charges against three employees. According the Sacramento Business Journal,  the…

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Over 4,000 Firefighters File Lawsuit Against Siren Manufacturers Over Hearing Loss

NEW YORK CITY – in the New Jersey and New York City area, over 4,000 firefighters are filing suit against truck siren manufacturers over claims of permanent hearing loss as a result of years of exposure to the sirens. Many of the veteran firefighters, who have been exposed to the loud sirens for years, have…

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New York Hearing Aid Dispenser Arrested Over Billing Fraud Scheme

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK — A licensed New York hearing aid dispenser and owner of Syracuse Hearing Aid Centers, LLC, was arrested Monday morning on charges that he operated a criminal scheme. According to a news release on November 23rd, the business is alleged to have fraudulently billed more than $1.6 million by selling public employees…

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California Dispensing Business Under Fire

CHICO, CALIFORNIA — McDonald Hearing Aid Centers of northern California is under scrutiny by the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs. According to a November 19th report on NBC affiliate KNVN in the Chico/Redding market, the hearing aid center, which has 19 locations in northern California, is accused of pressuring elderly patients into more expensive hearing aids than were needed…

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SHOCKED: FBI, IRS Raid Home of Jerry Ruzicka, Former Starkey President

PLYMOUTH, MINNESOTA — In another shocking turn of events following the abrupt firings of 4 senior executives at Starkey Hearing Technologies in September, the home of former President Jerry Ruzicka was raided today by the IRS and the FBI. The FBI and IRS raid, which has received prominent television coverage in the Twin Cities, including reporters on the scene…

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UPDATE: GN ReSound Wins Default Judgement Against Oticon in German Court

UPDATE:  “On January 7, the Oticon vs GN Resound patent war came to an end with scarcely a shot fired.  Settling a “slew of patent disputes” was good news for Big 6 bottom line solidarity and uninterrupted technological innovation.” —Holly Hosford-Dunn, January 12th, 2016, US Hearing Devic Patent Activity for November-December 2015.    DUSSELDORF, GERMANY — a default judgement…

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The Latest Update on the Starkey Imbroglio

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA — In what may become a flurry of lawsuits, a shot was fired across the bow late last week, as a wrongful termination lawsuit was filed against Starkey Hearing Technologies seeking nearly $11 million in damages following the abrupt dismissal of four senior executives. The lawsuit, filed by former Operations Vice President Keith Guggenberger, alleges breach…

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Medical Center Settles With US Justice Dept; Will Improve Access for Deaf & Hard of Hearing

WASHINGTON, DC – the US Justice Department announced that it has entered into an agreement with Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) of Colton, California. The voluntary compliance agreement was reached to help resolve allegations that the hospital was in violation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not providing qualified interpreters and other services to…

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