Lawyer gone bad again sent back to prison for Medicaid fraud

  • Article by: DAN BROWNING , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 13, 2011 - 8:10 PM

Stephen Rondestved was under court supervision when he committed another fraud.

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hawkeyeterDec. 13, 11 5:12 PM

This is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to PCA fraud. Anytime you can "hire" a family member to work for you at the taxpayers expense there is going to be problems,fraud,and abuse.

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keeleysonDec. 13, 11 5:28 PM

One lawyer down, a million more to go...

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mnjimmy1Dec. 13, 11 5:29 PM

I remember this guy from news media stories from 2004. Unless there's something I don't know, shouldn't the headline say "FORMER lawyer gets prison for Medicaid fraud"?

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grouchomarxDec. 13, 11 8:01 PM

The quote from the judge (assuming it is accurate) "That can't, any longer, be an excuse to engage in criminal conduct." is disturbing. Since when has there ever been an excuse for criminal conduct. That this [former] attorney, while subject to his previous conviction gets only 15 months is unbelievable. If he robbed a bank, he'd have taken a lot less money and have a lot more time. It enough to make one think his education as an attorney influenced the outcome.

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fwallenDec. 13, 11 8:14 PM

Sad.

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gking2mnDec. 14, 11 4:21 PM

The PCA didn't do anything the company that does the billing did otherwise you would be reading about death of the client.

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msp2005Dec. 15, 11 5:11 PM

Did anyone catch that he "didn't hatch the scheme" or "profit from it." That he didn't report fraud because he would lose his job? Does anyone wonder who "hatched" it or "profited" from it and why they are not charged let alone sentenced? Something fishy here! Could it be because he was a easy catch due to his past? He has to pay restitution for money that others stole? Use your brains here rather than rant. He is sentenced to 15 months when the owner, client and PCAs aren't charged let alone sentenced. I've heard he had to keep a job because his former wife wouldn't let him see his children unless he paid her money. She is the reason he got into trouble in the first case. Don't judge unless you know all the facts. We have a faulty justice system...that fact is for sure.

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peacemaker58Dec. 15, 1111:53 PM

I couldn't agree more, msp2005. Sounds like a case of a scapecoat to me. Too bad. It IS very sad, fwallen. Hopefully all will come to justice...if the Court and USAO is interested in finding it. Sadly, I think they rest their case....they got their "white collar" felon...no need to pursue the Somali agency owner. So much for our tax paying dollars fighting white collar crime.

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