APRIL 2016

Fil-Am art at front & center of Chicago gallery, April 30-May 19

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Student Union Galleries (SUGS) is opening Nandito na Ako: I’m Here, Now, a collaborative exhibition meant to facilitate a conversation surrounding the Filipino-American identity from April 30 through May 19 at The LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

A reception will be held Friday, April 29 from 4:00–6:00 p.m.

The student artists participating in the exhibition will dissect the complexities inherent to their ethnicity and play at defining something that constantly evolves through the use of iconography, relationships to personal memory, and the exploration of Filipino history and traditions.

The artists, Lorén Ibach (BFA 2017), Vi Viray Bautista (BFA 2017), Tristan Espinoza (BFA 2017), Craig Stamatelaky (BFA 2018), Kyrstin Rodriguez (BFA 2016), Tewosret Vaughn (BFA 2015), Cheryl Acu.a (BFA 2017), Jerico Domingo (BFA 2017), and Anna Liza Evangelista (BFA 2016), pay homage to their motherland, the Philippines.

Contact Bree Witt, associate PR director atbwitt@saic.edu or call 312-499-4211
For 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top three graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

 

Fil-Am stars in Chicago premiere of A. Rey Pamatmat play, March 18-April 10

“After all the terrible things I do” was written by Filipino-American A. Rey Pamatmat. Regular run will be from March 18 to Sunday, April 10 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.
Curtain Times are Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 3 pm & 7:30 pm; and Sundays at 3 pm.
Tickets for Previews are $20 adults/$10 students & seniors. Regular run tickets are $35 adults/$20 students & seniors. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at www.aboutfacetheatre.org, by calling (773) 975-8150 or in person at the Theater Wit Box Office. Directed by Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff.

 

Bataan Day: 74th Commemoration of Day of Valor, April 9

The Consulate General of the Philippines would like to invite the general public to participate in the 74th Commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) with a wreath laying ceremony (weather permitting) at the Bataan-Corregidor Memorial Bridge on Sat. April 6 at 9:00 am, at the corner of State Street and Wacker Drive, Chicago.
After the wreath laying ceremony, a short program will be held from 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M., at the Kalayaan Hall of the Consulate General of the Philippines at 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600, Chicago, Illinois 60603.
The event will pay tribute to thousands of Filipino and American soldiers who displayed extraordinary gallantry and courage beyond the call of duty in defending Bataan and Corregidor in 1942.
For more information, please contact the Consulate General's Cultural Officer, Anna Liza F. Alcantara, at telephone no. (312) 583-0621 ext. 13 or email the Consulate at chicagopcg@att.net.

 

Co-owner of Rosner home healthcare meted 366-day prison time plus 3-yr. probation, $2.3M fine for Medicare fraud

By Mariano “Anong” Santos
PINOY Newsmagazine

CHICAGO—The co-owner of the Filipino American-owned Rosner Home Healthcare, Inc. meted a 366-day sentence plus three years supervised probation after he is released from prison. U.S. District Court Judge in Northern Illinois John W. Darrah also ordered Frederick Magsino on March 17 to the government a restitution of $2,260,000.

Magsino, 63, is one of the nine persons originally indicted on July 25, 2012 that included his co-owner, Ana Nerissa “Nerie” Tolentino, 46, his former marketer Edgardo “Gary” Hernal,58, two physicians--Emmanuel Nwaokocha, 63, and Massod Syed, 56,; Jeanette George, 63, who operated Ttjenej Senior referral Agency; and Titis “Titus’

PHOTO: FREDERICK MAGSINO

Jackson, 40, and Carla Philipps-Williams, 45, who were also marketers of the now-inactive Rosner that did business in Skokie, Illinois until 2013.

Rosner billed Medicare 13M

Judge Darrah ordered Magsino to surrender to the United States Marshal of the Northern Illinois District before 2:00 pm on Monday, July 25, 2016, to begin his confinement. Previously filed complaints showed that Rosner was paid approximately $13 million for claims submitted to Medicare for home health services between January 2008 and January 2012. However, it was not specified on how much of the Rosner’s total billings were fraudulent.

The complaints filed in August 2012 showed that between March and July 2012 alone, the following co-defendants received the amount of kickbacks listed: Nwaokocha, $4,800; Syed, $1,500; Jackson, $24,000; George, $13,500; and Phillips-Williams, $3,000.

Magsino, who originally pleaded not guilty to the 26-count federal complaint, changed his plea and his lawyer, Eugene Steingold, entered his guilty plea on one count on April 16, 2014. Magsino admitted committing federal offense for paying bribes and kickbacks in exchange for the referral of Medicare patients for home health care services to his company, Rosner, for which payment were made in whole or in part under Medicare.

Tolentino and Hernal are due for sentencing separately in a later date. The case has been heard in court no fewer than 72 times in the past three and a half years, which prompted anti-Medicare fraud advocates to demand a more “cost-effective’ prosecution of fraudulent home health care providers.

“This is a great drain to taxpayers’ money and, more importantly, another imposition of additional restriction to access on affordable care especially for seniors and disabled citizens,” said a president of a medical association in Chicago.

Members of the Chicago Filipino community have repeatedly expressed their disgust over the continuing reports of indictments of healthcare providers who were accused of violating Medicare rules that included fraudulent billings and engaging in bribery and kickbacks to increase their census of patients.

Recent indictments included that of Josefina Tinimbang of Donnarich, Josdan and Pathway Home Healthcare companies, who along with her associates and co-conspirators, was indicted last June 14 of Medicare fraud of a staggering amount of $45 million. Last August 27, owners and operators of HCN Home Health Care in Chicago were slapped with a 23-count federal indictment of overbilling and kickback schemes which allegedly cost Medicare $6 million.

(The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Max penalty 5 years

To learn more about the Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), go to: www.stopmedicarefraud.gov.)

On March 1, Magsino’s lawyer presented to the court in a pre-sentencing hearing letters from his clients friends that highlighted Magsino’s charitable contributions and civic involvement in an effort to influence Judge Darrah to give his client a lighter sentence. Magsino’s felony conviction which is of conspiracy and of violating the anti-kickback statute carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Some Filipino American members of the Masonry fraternity in which Magsino and Hernal belonged are more concerned about the negative impact of his conviction to the reputation of their group.

“This is not the first time a brother is imprisoned for illegal activities and it is sad because Masons should be models of moral and ethical behavior. First prerequisite for one who petitions for membership is that you believe in God,” bewailed a high ranking official of a Filipino Association of Masons.

“It’s about time that this requirement should be taken seriously,” he added.

 

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