PHILADELPHIA – Fox 29 Investigates has learned exclusively Thursday morning that the U.S. Attorney has indicted four Philadelphia area ambulance company operators for healthcare fraud.Indicted is 43-year-old Boris Rostovsky, the operator of the Gray Eagle Ambulance Co. In an indictment unsealed Thursday morning, the feds charge Rostovsky with carrying out a scheme to fraudulently bill Medicare by transporting patients by ambulance who were able to walk or travel by paratransit.Also indicted are Ivan Tkach and Alla and Ilya Sivchuk. They’re charged with health care fraud in their running of the Advantage Ambulance Co.Jeff Cole and Fox 29 Investigates will have full details on the indictments tonight at 6.Stay with Fox 29 News and MyFoxPhilly.com for more on this developing story.
Ursula was preceded in death by her husband, Irving Lefkowitz and cousin, Stephen Roos.Friends and family would like to thank her loving care giver, Albina Leiva and her family. Ursula Helen Lefkowitz, 95, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away, Monday, March 16, 2020 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, Texas.Ursula was born December 6, 1924 in Germany to Fred and Jenny Roos.She was a resident of Port Arthur for 80 years and a member of Temple Emanuel in Beaumont. Ursula was retired after owning Irving’s Jewelry for many years.She was the first female member of the North Port Arthur Rotary Club and active for many years in the Port Arthur Little Theatre.A graveside service will be held Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home in Groves.
Clerks encountering e-filing storage problems Clerks encountering e-filing storage problems When you file a document through the Florida court system’s statewide electronic filing portal, how are you preparing it?Are you converting a Word or WordPerfect document with an electronic signature to a PDF and then filing?Or are you printing out a copy, signing it, and then scanning the document in preparation for filing through the portal?According to information presented to the Florida Courts E-Filing Authority, many, if not most, lawyers are doing the latter.The result is causing electronic storage problems for clerks who receive the filings.Authority member Don Barbee, Hernando County clerk, said his office had already been converting paper files to electronic ones by scanning for five years before e-filing started.But since e-filing became mandatory in April, his computer memory requirements have doubled from the previous five years.Barbee attributed it to the scanning habits of filing attorneys.At the authority’s February meeting, Melvin Cox, director of information technology for the portal, said an analysis of filed documents supports Barbee’s contention.“Basically, in the paper [filing] world, clerks used commercial grade scanners and they had total control over the scanning process so there was uniformity in how things were scanned and over the [scanning] standards,” he said.Now it’s up to each law office whether to use an electronic signature and directly file a document or to print out the document, sign it, and then scan and file the scanned documents.“A large majority of the [e-filed] PDFs were not searchable when they came into the portal, which tells us they were scanned using a low-quality scanner,” Cox said.He noted that scanners may also use a higher resolution than needed, which results in a larger digital document. (Portal standards call for 300 dpi for scanned documents.)“The result is we’re getting different types of documents and that increases the [clerks’] storage costs,” Cox said.Portal staff members are looking at solutions, he said, but they are somewhat restricted because they don’t want to do anything that discourages electronic filings or causes documents to be rejected.One thing that could help, Cox said, is educating lawyers about using electronic signatures, which are allowed by court procedural rules and which, in turn, could reduce the need for scanning.The authority offers training manuals at its website, including help with electronic filing and using electronic signatures.Information can be found at www.myflcourtaccess.com. Look for training manuals under the “Help” button on the top right of the page. Rules of Judicial Administration 2.515(a) and (b) gives information about electronic signatures. March 1, 2014 Regular News