In case anyone else here missed the connection as I did.....on the Serono lawsuit. June Halper of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers was consulted to handle the "money laundering" for these doctors at Multiple Sclerosis Centers. Ms. Halper and the CMSC had previously funneled money for Serono bribes to Dr. Dan Mikol of Ann Arbor, MI. Frank Timmons, Serono employee stated to Tim Amato, "We have a whole money laundering thing going on with June Halper.
The consortium was paid $30,000- $5,000 was kept as a "donation" and the rest was given to Dr. Bowling of the Rocky Mountain MS Center (2003-2007). Dr. Bowling is now Medical Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Service and Director of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Service at the Colorado Neurological Institute. He requested payment of $25,000 from Tim Amato, Serono employee) to prescribe Rebif.
He also asked Serono to purchase 200 copies of his MS book he had authored for $19.95 a copy. Tim Amato was later fired from Serono for being a "whistle blower". Tim later filed the lawsuit which was settled for a fine of $44 million by the U. S. government, because Serono illegally billed Medicaid and Medicare for their "pharma" kickbacks to neuros. June Halper is STILL at the CMSC as Executive Director--she is a certified adult nurse practitioner who has specialed in multiple sclerosis since 1978.
TOTAL money paid to CMSC by Serono to be laundered and paid as kickbacks to neuros; $447,336....and this was just one pharma company for a couple of years. How much pharma money did the CMSC collect and launder as payouts to neurologists? The part that got the feds involved, and why Serono was eventually fined is that these payments to CMSC and directly to neuologists were then billed to Medicaid and Medicare. But there has been no legal action taken against the doctors or CMSC for laundering money or accepting kickbacks.
Shouldn't these people be punished? Investigated? Arrested? should they still be allowed to work with people with multiple sclerosis? How can the CMSC expect anyone with MS to believe anything they say?
Reprinted from CCSVI in Multiple Sclerosis notes: