Richard Alan Nolan, "Monster" Nurse Who Preyed on Males, Finally Gets 34 Years to Life

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Richard Alan Nolan is finally off to prison.
In a case marked by court delays, a male nurse has finally been sentenced to 34 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration for sexually assaulting three male patients.

Two of the men were medically incapacitated at the time they were victimized by Richard Alan Nolan, 49, of Buena Park, in 2009. Nolan falsely identified himself as a doctor in July 2010, when he masturbated a man receiving a physical. The licensed vocational nurse was arrested on Aug. 18 of that year by Anaheim Police detectives.

A jury found Nolan guilty of the crimes on June 21, 2013, but due to various moves by the defense final sentencing did not happen until Friday, prompting someone close to a victim to proclaim, "Justice is finally served!"

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Akinola Afolabi Gets 30 Months for Billing Medicare $2.6 mil for Unneeded Equipment

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Big money flowed from the government.
A Long Beach man who used to own a medical equipment supply company--and pleaded guilty in August 2013 to a $2.6 million Medicare fraud scheme involving unnecessary power wheelchairs--was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $1.5 million in restitution. Akinola Afolabi, the ex-owner and president of Emmanuel Medical Supply, paid "marketers" to obtain Medicare beneficiary information that he used on the false medical documents, prescriptions for the chairs and claims for benefits. Some beneficiaries did not even receive the equipment or any medical supplies that were on the bills Afolabi submitted to Medicare--to the tune of about $2.6 million.

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Is Queen of the Birfers Orly Taitz Orange County's First Known Enterovirus-68 Victim?

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Orly Taitz claims she must wear a positive pressure oxygen machine mask like this.

Four sick children in Ventura and San Diego counties have been confirmed by state health officials to be the first Southern California victims of enterovirus-68, a rare respiratory virus. But could victim No. 5 reside right here in Orange County? Rancho Santa Margarita lawyer/dentist/real estate saleslady/"The Lucy Ricardo of Law"* Orly Taitz is not a child but, according to documents she filed in federal court in Texas, she likely contracted a respiratory infection from a kid in the country illegally. An this is based from a courtroom expert-for-hire who believes Taitz makes a great case for the spread of enterovirus-68 by border crossers.

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Nurses Deliver Petition to St. Joseph Hospital of Orange CEO Decrying Benefit and Staffing Cuts

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Nurses brave the heat to rally outside St. Joseph Hospital of Orange Monday morning.

A delegation of St. Joseph Hospital of Orange registered nurses, local religious leaders and community supporters braved the heat to deliver a petition to CEO Steve Moreau Monday morning calling for the restoration of long standing employee benefits, including disability and retiree healthcare plans that were recently cut.

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Hot on the Heels of Robin Williams' Death, Orange County Releases Suicide Data

The death of Robin Williams has brought much attention to suicide.

Whether by coincidence or opportunity to strike while the Robin Williams news cycle is hot, the Orange County Health Care Agency released a suicide report Thursday.

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Laguna Beach Surgeon Put on Probation After Lying About Community Service He Needed to Do. . .To Get Off Probation

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Pictured: Not Alaveikos

A Laguna Beach orthopedic surgeon is going to be on probation for a lot longer now, after he lied about community service he said he finished for a prior disciplinary action.

Damon Alavekios needed to finish 120 hours of community service after failing to notify the Medical Board of California in 2010 about a prior misdemeanor DUI conviction. Now, he'll need to finish those hours as well as an additional 80 more as well as serve an additional three years of probation.

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Ji Hae Kim of Fullerton Remains Fugitive in $5 Mil Health-Care Scam That Took Down 7 Others

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Still on the loose.
Five people tied to a $5 million health care fraud scheme--which recruited elderly Koreans in Southern California to pose as patients--have received federal prison sentences the past couple weeks, while two more defendants learn their fates in October.

But an eighth participant in the scam, and the only one who resided in Orange County, remains a fugitive.

Fullerton's Ji Hae Kim, a 43-year-old registered nurse, pleaded guilty in federal court in Los Angeles to conspiracy to commit health-care fraud in November 2011 but skipped while awaiting sentencing, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services investigators who believe she may be in South Korea.

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Kaiser Anaheim Medical Center Slapped with $50,000 State Fine over Patient's Death

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A patient death could cost Kaiser Anaheim Medical Center a $50,000 state fine.
The Kaiser Anaheim Medical Center reached a milestone last week, although it's unlikely to be announced on the Lakeview Avenue facility's home page: It received its first administrative penalty from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

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Trio Allegedly Gave New Noses, Boobs, Tummy Tucks to Patients in $50 Million Fraud Scheme

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You, too, can look like a princess. Just remember that tummy tuck was "hernia disc surgery."

Three people associated with an Orange surgery center that was known at different times as Empire Surgical Center, Vista Surgical Center and Princess Cosmetic Surgery ripped off health insurance companies for $50 million with medically unnecessary procedures for patients who were paid off with new noses, boobs and flat tummies, according to a federal grand jury indictment (that uses the actual medical terms for those surgeries).

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Multimillion Dollar SoCal Pharmacy Oxycontin Scheme Put 900,000 Pills on Streets: Feds

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Take these two and times it by 450,000.

A looming trial in Los Angeles involves: five medical professional defendants, including a Huntington Beach resident; Medicare and Medi-Cal being stung for $2.7 million in Oxycontin reimbursements; billings for $4.6 million in medical procedures that were not needed or never performed; and 900,000 Oxy pills eventually being sold on the streets, according to federal prosecutors. Two other Orange Countians were convicted in the wide-ranging case.

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