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

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Photo by flickr user Louish Pixel
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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Watch These Videos From Yesterday's Emergency Landing at Long Beach Airport

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That's frightening

So yesterday mornin,g a JetBlue flight headed from Long Beach to Austin had to turn around shortly after take off when one of its engines blew out, filling the cabin with smoke.

The flight crew successfully made an emergency landing, and all 142 passengers and five crew members made it off the plane without any major injuries. Now, thanks to the power of technology, you can all see what it was like on the airplane during the emergency landing by watching the two videos after the jump.

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Activists, Port Officials Disagree on Whether Israeli Cargo Ship was Blocked in Long Beach

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See the update at the end of this post where activists claim victory in blocking an Israeli cargo ship at the Long Beach port, where officials counter operations went off without a hitch.

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International Longshore and Warehouse Union
A Zim ship from Israel is the target of a protest Saturday.

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 22, 5:22 P.M.: An Israeli cargo ship will be prevented from loading and unloading cargo at the Port of Long Beach Saturday morning, a coalition of activists in solidarity with the Palestinian people has vowed.

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Azul y no Tan Rosa, Gay Dad/Straight Son Drama, Rolls at 2014 Long Beach Qfilm Fest

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Cines Unidos
Like father, not like son ...

A Venezuelan drama about a gay photographer adapting to his closed-minded teenage son (and vice versa) will make its Southern California premiere at next month's 2014 Long Beach Qfilm Festival presented by the LGBTQ Center of Long Beach.

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What Do You Get When You Cross a Baboon, Lynx, Zebra, Gazelle and Bear Skull at the Port?

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Courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection
You can look but don't touch (nor try to export).

The bird, goat, zebra, bobcat, antelope and three deers would be a snap, the new Planet of the Apes movies have informed my recognition of the baboon, but I'm unsure if I would know a lynx, wildebeest and African gazelle if they were approaching me on the street. By the way, stuffed and/or mounted versions of all these animals and more wildlife items bound for export were recently seized at the Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport complex, U.S. Customs and Border officials announced Wednesday.

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Paul Michael Barbour, Youth Dance Academy Emcee, Cops to Possessing Tons of Child Porn

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Courtesy of Cypress Police Department
Paul Michael Barbour is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 20 in Los Angeles.

As part of a deal with the federal court, a youth dance competition emcee switched his plea from not guilty to guilty Tuesday to possessing more than 1,000 images of child pornography. Paul Michael Barbour, 33, of Long Beach, also admitted to secretly recording little girls in their dressing room at a Cypress College dance meet on May 31.

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Cussing at Muslim Woman and Removal of Her Hijab Probed as Hate Crime in Long Beach

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Courtesy of the Long Beach Police Department
Artist's sketch of man who removed woman's hijab.
Long Beach's police chief says a hate crime happened when a man cursed at and pulled the head covering--known as a hijab--off a Muslim woman in a shopping center.

The Anaheim-based greater Los Angeles area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) is working with police to find the mystery man, calling on the public to out him.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. July 2 in a shopping center parking lot in the 4000 block of Atlantic Avenue, according to Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell. As the 32-year-old woman loaded her car, the hater came up from behind and twisted and pulled off her black hijab, which he referred to by name while cussing her out. That indicates he's familiar with Muslim culture in McDonnell's eyes.

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Sharknado Gets Live Mystery Science Theater 3000 Treatment Tonight on OC Screens

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Sharks. Tornados. Sharknados.

If you thought Sharknado was worthy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment after the intentionally crappy flick premiered on Syfy on July 11, 2013 (and somehow went on to become a worldwide sensation), you are not only in luck but you get to see live Sharknado skewering in Orange County and Long Beach theaters tonight.

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Real Costs of College and University Are Costing California Students Now and Later: Reports

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Universal Pictures
"Christ. Seven years of college down the drain."

It not only takes longer for California students to attain community college degrees in the traditional two years and state university degrees in the normal four years, the system has created "a raft of expensive consequences for students and the state," according to two recent reports.

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One Man Critically Injured and Second Loses Thumb in Separate July 4 Holiday Blasts

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New Line Cinema
Uma Thurman's prosthetic thumb sure would come in handy about now.

If you have any stories from this Fourth of July holiday about mishaps with fireworks--safe and sane or unsafe and insane--let us know in the comments. We'll kick things off with injuries to two sad sacks, including one who lost a thumb.

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