08 April 2005

George Felos: The Lawyer Of Death

Michael Schiavo's mouthpiece George Felos, was all over the news during Terri's two week battle to stay alive. It made me wonder what kind of POS George Felos is. So I did some research on him. I have found numerous articles on Felos, and a lot of controversy too. Enough controversy to implicate criminal activity in the Shiavo case and more. In March of 2000, Michael Shiavo and George Felos secretly transferred Terri from the nursing home where she had been living to the Hospice of Florida Suncoast at Woodside in Pinellas County. This transfer took place without notice to the Schindler family. Felos also forgot to mention to the court that he was the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Suncoast. He also forgot to tell the court that the federal government was trying to collect $14.8 million that was unlawfully paid to Suncoast in Medicare payments. Under federal law, in order to qualify for hospice care and Medicare benefits, there must be a proper certification of terminal illness. This certification must be signed by the Attending Physician and the Medical Director of the Hospice. This certification must be accompanied by a written statement that the beneficiary is terminally ill based on medical evidence and is expected to live less than 6 months. Terri was transferred without this certification. And she wasn't terminally ill until her feeding tube was withdrawn. And she lived for 5 years inside that Hospice. And Terri isn't an isolated incident. Suncoast has been under federal investigation for unlawfully accepting patients who were not terminally ill and accepting Medicare reimbursements for them. During the investigation, it was established that 176 patients were not eligible for Medicare payments. And were unable to conclusively determine if 118 patients were terminally ill. Medicare payments totaling $8.9 million was accepted for the 176 ineligible patients. And $5.9 million for the 118 who were not terminally ill. And all during this time, George Felos was the Chairman of the Board. The plan to end Terri's life by withdrawing her feeding tube started to take shape in May of 1997. It seems St. Petersburg judge Mark Shames engaged in ex parte communications and failed to notify the Schindlers that Michael Schiavo had given notice to Shames of his intent to move Terri to a Hospice and have her feeding tube removed. Michael's attorney at the time, Deborah Bushnell, informed Shames that the Schindlers had to be notified about Michael's intent. In August of 1997, George Felos became lead counsel in the Schiavo case. Once notified, the Schindlers initiated actions to stop the removal of the feeding tube. In May 1998, Felos filed a petition to have the feeding tube removed before 6th Circuit Court Judge Greer even though the actions were currently being heard in St. Petersburg. Judge shopping is what seems to have happened. Felos got the judge he wanted. At the time, feeding tubes were not considered artificial life support under Florida statutes. In April of 1999, House Bill 2131 was introduced in the Florida House by the Elder Affairs and Long Term Care Committee. George Felos was on the board of Suncoast with Committee member Gus Bilikaris. Bilikaris is also a George Greer campaign contributor. On October 1, 1999, the legal definition of life prolonging procedures was amended to include, "including artificially provided sustenance and hydration which sustains, restores, or supplants a spontaneous vital function." In April, 2000, without court approval, Terri was moved to Suncoast without proper certification and without notification to the Schindlers. The certification was signed by the medical director who was employed by Felos who was the Chairman of the Board. The Attending Physician refused to sign the certification, which is required by law. Terri was transferred not on physician's order, but Michael's. In 2002, Michael petitioned Judge Greer to put Terri on Medicaid. The petition was granted. Despite the fact, that in 1992, money was earmarked for Terri's care and over $1 million was granted to Michael. So let's recap. Michael wanted Terri dead. He hired George "the lawyer of death" Felos. Felos shopped around for the judge that he wanted. He filed a petition to remove the feeding tube in his judge's court (George Greer). Felos needed the law governing life prolonging procedures redefined. He gets fellow board member Gus Bilikaris to push it through the required committee which he served on. Bilikaris is linked to Greer through campaign contributions. Michael is living with and has children with another woman. DOES ANYONE SEE A PROBLEM HERE! Not only did Michael Schiavo and George Felos conspired to kill Terri. They used their influence over others to get it done. This is nothing but pre-meditated murder. And insurance fraud. Sources include The National Review 3/30/05, justice1949 AOL Journals 2/8/05, MichNews.com 3/8/05. Thank you.
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7 Comments:

Blogger Joe said...

Kinda makes your stomach turn doesn't it.

Joe

4/02/2005 08:59:00 PM  
Blogger Gribbit said...

Yes it does Joe.

4/02/2005 09:37:00 PM  
Blogger Dethanial said...

I just hope that you bloggers do not let this drop. Over at
www.theempirejournal.com is some very interesting stories. 39 pages of them and that is abbreviated.

4/05/2005 10:43:00 PM  
Blogger Dethanial said...

I just hope that you bloggers do not let this drop. Over at
www.theempirejournal.com is some very interesting stories. 39 pages of them and that is abbreviated.

4/05/2005 10:43:00 PM  
Blogger Gribbit said...

Oh dethanial, I'm all over this... Trust me, the Terri case is going to be involved in at least 1 major post a week. Thanks for stopping by.

4/06/2005 01:07:00 AM  
Blogger John said...

Great post! I've been having puter problems. Sorry, I haven't been getting around to all my friends' blogs as much lately. Keep up the good work!

4/08/2005 09:04:00 AM  
Blogger Gribbit said...

I have too Jay. FireFox and blogger isn't getting along.

4/08/2005 03:59:00 PM  

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