Undisclosed Relevant AIDS FACTS
James Wise, the director of Drugs and AIDS Prevention Among African-Americans (DAPAA) was investigated by the North Carolina, the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI). He kept ten percent of all Medicaid payments to DAPAA as personal compensation. A press story noted "Between June 1996 and October 1997, DAPPA obtained $15,380 from another AIDS agency by saying the money would pay the rent for DAPAA clients at specific properties. But, Wise arranged to have the checks made out to his mother, who did not own the properties."(19 ).
A state audit of the Los Angeles County AIDS housing program, funded by the Federal Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) showed that 21.8 in federal grant moneys for housing of AIDS sufferers had not been spent. president of the AIDS Health care Foundation said about the program "The program is in shambles ... and every dollar wasted is costing a life."(20 ).
The Indiana state agency AID Serve had "mismanaged hundreds of thousands of dollars, with devastating consequences for sick people," according to an investigation the Newspaper the Indianapolis Star. While administrators diverted funds to cover salaries and other operating cost AIDServe owed thousands of dollars to dozens of landlords, pharmacies, doctors and dentists. The star reported "Some are refusing to provide vital medical care, housing, and life-saving drugs to patients until they get their money," (21 ).
Thomas Lavery was sentence to 52 months (plus a million dollar fine) and his partner in fraud Robert McFadden was sentence to three years in prison. Lavery was the ringleader of a scam that bought the anti-wasting drug Serostim from AIDS patients and resold it to a New Hampshire-based distributor (22 ).
Another HIV/AIDS medication scam 3 Pharmacist of MLK Pharmacy bought HIV?AIDS signed prescriptions from patients, did not dispense their medicine but billed Medicaid as if they had (23 ).
In Miami the owner and operator (Orlando Pascual Jr) of two AIDS Clinics plead guilty to his role in defrauding Medicare of 5.3 million dollars (24 ).
A California physician Dr. George Kooshian and his assistant Virgil Opinion pleaded guilty to diluting HIV, AIDS, hepatitis drugs and billing medical insurers like Medicare for the full dose (25 ).
Pharmaceutical firms have charged more to AIDS sufferers who use one of their drugs and not the other. People who use Norvir and not other Abbott Laboratories drugs can expect to pay 400 percent more for this medication. Lynda Dee, co-chair of the Aids Treatment Activists Coalition's Drug Development Committee said these increases were "pharma terrorism perpetrated against the patients who need new drugs the most."(26 ).
Good intentions gone bad
In Zimbabwe funds (7.3 million) used to fight AIDS and other diseases was misspent. The money was from The Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria(27 ).