By Jack Halpern, CEO, My Elder Advocate When you are politically connected in New York, and you have tons of money, much of which was fraudulantly obtained, and you are billing New York State and the Federal Governement hundred of millions of dollars for elderly recepients of Medicare and Medicaid, what is a couple of million dollars in fines here and there? Elly Kleinman, founder and CEO of Americare, would probably tell you that $15,000,000 in fines over a 5 year period is the cost of doing business. Americare CEO Elly Kleinman, is a major player in the Orthodox Jewish community with close ties to the state’s top Jewish lobbyist organization, Agudas Yisroel. According to a Daily News article, The Flatbush home care agency with a troubled past is back to its old Medicaid billing tricks, whistleblowers charged. A company bigwig advised Jack and Goldie Gold to divide their Flatbush home with a wall so Medicaid would pay for two home healthcare aides. “It was suggested,” the elderly couple’s daughter Chani Gold told the Daily News. New York State tries to control Medicaid costs by limiting coverage to one health aide per home. Three different whistleblowers have made Medicaid fraud allegations to law-enforcement groups, sources told the News. The state Attorney General and the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office declined to prosecute the Kings Highway firm in 2010, but allowed the accusers to bring cases on the government’s behalf. One has filed a lawsuit; the other two are hiring lawyers and plan to sue, sources said. An Americare representative was quick to respond to these allegations by stating that the whistleblowers were disgruntled former employees. That’s...