Wire Fraud Charges Against KCMO EMT Sparks Union Response

A Kansas City (MO) Fire Department EMT is facing federal wire fraud charges stemming from a wellness incentive program gone awry.

The program, known as Points to Blue, was organized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City as a way to get employees to adopt healthier life styles. Instead seven employees have been indicted, Blue Cross claims it has been defrauded by over $300,000, the investigation appears to have the potential to widen, and IAFF Local 42 is smoking mad.

The video does a good job of laying out the complex issues. It is actually quite a mess.

Here is a copy of the indictment. HealthInsuranceFraudIndictment


About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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