Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Privatized Social workers guilty of fraud in starvation case

Besides the importance of this story in its own right, it also shows the importance of regulation on private business, because too often the profit motive is paramount. This is why I am leary of nuclear power at this time. There is no doubt that there will be indequacies in the construction and maintenance. Some people will cut corners to save money. Aside from that, when things go w/o problems for awhile, even decent people get complacent and careless.

updated 6:19 p.m. ET, Wed., March. 3, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Four social workers were convicted Wednesday in a fraud case stemming from the starvation death of a disabled Philadelphia teenager whose emaciated body was found with maggot-infested bedsores.

A federal jury in Philadelphia convicted the employees of now-defunct MultiEthnic Behavioral Health Inc., which was accused of defrauding the city of millions of dollars by not visiting needy families and then covering that up with false paperwork.

Prosecutors say the firm submitted paperwork for visits that were never made after 14-year-old Danieal Kelly's body was found in 2006. Officials said Kelly, who had cerebral palsy, weighed only 42 pounds at the time of her death, less than half the weight of an average girl her age.

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