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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – A Madison doctor was sentenced on Tuesday by Senior U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett to 48 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Dr. Shahjahan Sultan, M.D., pled guilty in November 2019 for conspiring to commit health care fraud. Judge Starrett also ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $4,102,634.65 to Express Scripts (TRICARE), $582,280.79 to CVS Caremark and $115,611.03 to Catamaran. The court further imposed a money judgement of more than $2.3 million.

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said Sultan entered into a contract with a pharmacy located in Jackson County in May 2014. He agreed to prescribe individuals expensive compound medications in exchange for the pharmacy agreeing to pay Sultan 35% of the reimbursements it received for the prescriptions Sultan authorized. 

Health care benefit programs, including TRICARE, were billed for the compounded medications.  Sultan employed others who identified individuals in places like Jones County, who had insurance that covered the expensive compounded medications. 

Sultan met with the insured individuals over telemedicine video-chat sessions. According to Hurst, Sultan did not perform thorough examinations of the individuals during the sessions. He also did not determine the medical necessity of the compounded medications he prescribed.

From May 2014 through January 2015, Sultan and his co-conspirators prescribed millions of dollars of unnecessary compounded medications to patients.

Thomas Edward Sturdavant, M.D., 56, of Kingsport, Tennessee, Freda Cal Covington, R.N., 54, of Hattiesburg and Fallon Deneem Page, R.N., 36, of Soso were all indicted along with Dr. Sultan in June 2019. 

Dr. Sturdavant will be sentenced Monday, June 22, 2020.Nurse Freda Cal Covington is set for sentencing on June 24, 2020, and Nurse Fallon Page will be sentenced on July 7, 2020.

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First NBC founder and CEO, Ashton Ryan, and 3 others indicted for bank fraud, conspiracy

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The Indictment alleges that RYAN, BURNELL, CALLOWAY, ADOLPH, and others conspired to defraud First NBC Bank by disguising the true financial status of certain borrowers and their troubled loans, concealing the true financial condition of the Bank from the Board, auditors, and examiners, the report from the U.S. Attorneys Office said.

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Wayfair Debunks Pizzagate-Esque Conspiracy Theory That It Trafficked Children in Furniture

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An unfounded conspiracy theory that the furniture seller Wayfairs website played a part in an insidious child sex trafficking ring went viral late Friday. The rumor began when a Reddit user posted in the forum r/conspiracy wondering whether it was a coincidence that some of Wayfairs priciest cabinet brands bore the names of missing children. Others picked up on the post and propagated the idea so widely that the company responded to Mashable: There is, of course, no truth to these claims. The products in question are industrial grade cabinets that are accurately priced. Wayfair removed the cabinets in question from its site.

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What are the Wayfair conspiracy theories about child trafficking circulating on Twitter and Reddit?

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WAYFAIR, an e-commerce company that sells furniture and home-goods, was plagued on Friday with unfounded child sex-trafficking accusations across Twitter and Reddit.

One social media user’s Wayfair accusations about pricey storage cabinets took the internet by storm, similar to the refuted 2016 conspiracy theory known as Pizzagate.

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A Twitter user shared photos of the suspicious cabinetsCredit: Twitter
 Social media users pointed out that these expensive cabinets were allegedly named after missing girls

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Social media users pointed out that these expensive cabinets were allegedly named after missing girls

What is the Wayfair conspiracy theory?

The Wayfair conspiracy theory is the belief that very expensive cabinets listed for sale on the company’s website were actually missing children.

“Is it possible Wayfair involved in Human trafficking with their WFX Utility collection? Or are these just extremely overpriced cabinets? (Note the names of the cabinets) this makes me sick to my stomach if it’s true,” redditor PrincessPeach1987 questioned on Thursday, according to Newsweek.

Along with the redditor’s statement, a screenshot was shared from Wayfair’s website, showing cabinets – with first names that social media users say happen to be of missing young girls.

The cabinets pictures were named Neriah, Yaritza, Alyvia, and Samiyah – which social media users discovered to be the names of missing girls.

Suspicions arose after the cabinet listings were removed off Wayfair’s website – shortly after the posts became viral.

The Wayfair conspiracy theories come a year after 500 Wayfair employees walked out of the company’s Boston headquarters.

The walkout took place after employees learned that Wayfair had profited off selling beds to detention centers holding migrant children.

 Some internet users believe the names of the cabinets are actually the names of missing girls

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Some internet users believe the names of the cabinets are actually the names of missing girls
 The Wayfair walkout took place in 2019

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The Wayfair walkout took place in 2019Credit: Twitter

How expensive are the overpriced cabinets?

The overpriced cabinets ranged from $12,699.99 to $14,499.99.

What did Wayfair say about their extremely high-priced items?

In a statement to Newsweek on Friday, a spokesperson for Wayfair said: “There is, of course, no truth to these claims.

“The products in question are industrial grade cabinets that are accurately priced.

“Recognizing that the photos and descriptions provided by the supplier did not adequately explain the high price point.

“We have temporarily removed the products from site to rename them and to provide a more in-depth description and photos that accurately depict the product to clarify the price point.”

What are people saying on Twitter and Reddit?

In response to the sex-trafficking theory, one Reddit user said: “Well how about the fact that if you look up the SKU # of any of these products named after girls, you will see that the image results on any uncensored search engine (like yandex) shows images of children in bikinis. What do you make of that?”

Despite a lot of social media users appearing to believe the theory, some Twitter users don’t think it’s possible to ship a human inside of a box like the ones shown in the Wayfair photos.

One person tweeted: “I’m pretty sure the US postal service or Fedex would hear a human inside of the box.. not to mention days or weeks in transit they would need food and water and a bathroom pretty positive you can’t just order a human like that, but it’s still sketch that they’re 10,000$+”

They were tweeting in response to another person saying: “Can someone rich take one for the team and order one.”

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Another person tweeted: Hi. Just a friendly reminder that #Wayfair isnt trending because the belief is that exploited children are being shipped in cabinets.

“Its trending because the cabinets (among other products, such as shower curtains and blankets) may be a front. Have a nice day.

NBC News reported Ben Collins also chimed in and slammed the conspiracy theory claims.

“Pizzagate/QAnon people have Wayfair trending today. They falsely claim price glitches on storage boxes prove that the company is trafficking children,” Collins tweeted.

“This took off because of a post on Reddit’s r/conspiracy subreddit yesterday, which is a clearinghouse for anonymous paranoia.”

What is the Pizzagate conspiracy theory?

The fictitious online conspiracy theory called “Pizzagate” spread online during Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful run for presidency in 2016.

It claims that Clinton and her campaign chief ran a child sex ring out of the restaurant.

The conspiracy theory originated on 4chan and was based on emails hacked from the Democratic Party and published by Wikileaks.

It stated thatHillary Clintonand her former campaign manager, John Podesta, ran a child sex ring at Comet Ping Pong in Washington.

The restaurant’s owner, James Alefantis, a Democratic Party donor, appears in the emails in relation to organizing a Democratic fundraiser.

Users of 4chan and Reddit claimed that words in the emails – such as cheese and pizza – were code for young children and sex acts.

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