The Bridge's CEO Explains Shelter's Role in Exposing Alleged $375 Mil Health Care Scam

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Bridge CEO Jay Dunn
When the U.S. Attorney's Office unsealed the indictment yesterday alleging that Dr. Jacques Roy spearheaded the largest healthcare fraud in the nation's history out of his DeSoto office, they revealed that in 2010, he dispatched recruiters to The Bridge downtown. Their mission: pay homeless Medicaid beneficiaries $50 a pop to fill out paperwork certifying they were "homebound and in need of skilled nursing services," per the indictment. Allege the feds, Roy would them come down to The Bridge's courtyard and the Austin Street Shelter to conduct medical exams; only later did Bridge security give Roy's people the boot, which sent them scurrying to the second floor of a nearby church.

Moments ago we received a statement from Jay Dunn, president and CEO of The Bridge, in which he outlines the facility's role in exposing the alleged $375-million scam. (There was also someone willing to blow the whistle.) It reads, in full:
"In 2010, we became aware of suspicious activities involving the medical care of our guests unrelated to the on-site health care services we provide. As a result, our services team collaborated with local authorities to investigate and respond. Those actions were aided by federal investigations, with which we cooperated. Today, we have learned that those investigations have led to the indictment of seven individuals for fraud.

We are pleased to know that we were able, in some small ways, to be a part of the responses to these suspicious activities.

The Bridge serves the most vulnerable of our community, and we take our charge as stewards of their and the broader community's trust very seriously. Accordingly, we want to support related on-going activities and are unaware of what, if anything, the authorities will subsequently need from us. Therefore, we are unable to make additional comments without further coordinating with our judicial partners."

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The employees at The Bridge DID NOT catch this person or blow the whistle.  It is called damage control. These scams has been going on for well over TWO-THREE years.  The Bridge open door policy and poor management promotes a culture of fraud and corruption.  This is one of many scams and fraudelant activity currently taking place that victimizes and preys on the homeless and surrounding neighbors. This is a modern day version of the City run Day Resource Center except with higher paid dictators.  Neighbors have been sending SOS calls to their Council Member, Mayor and City Staff with plea's for accountability and action on the increased crime and lack of policy in the area.  

No rules, no policy, no background checks, no accountability, miss management. I was at a meeting last week where we were told towns in West Texas send their most difficult homeless on one way bus tickets to Dallas to The Bridge. 


I love seeing the "rats" scurry when the Feds come in!!! 


"The Bridge open door policy and poor management promotes a culture of fraud and corruption."

Wow, sounds just like City Hall...................have we been getting City Hall Staffers and City Council People from the homeless shelters????

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