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Georgia nurse practitioner sentenced to prison, ordered to pay more than $1.6 million in restitution in complex telemedicine fraud scheme

AUGUSTA, GA: A Rockdale County, Ga., nurse practitioner has been sentenced to federal prison and ordered to pay more than $1.6 million in restitution for her role in a massive telemedicine fraud scheme. Sherley L. Beaufils, 44, of Conyers, Ga., was sentenced to 87 months in prison after a U.S. District Court jury convicted her of participating in an illegal kickback conspiracy, and five counts each of Health Care Fraud, False Statements Related to Health Care, and Aggravated Identity Theft, said David H. Estes, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Judge Dudley H. Bowen also ordered Beaufils to…

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Self-employed among hardest hit by pandemic

The FINANCIAL — Self-employed workers in the UK were among the hardest hit by the pandemic and their incomes and businesses have still not recovered. These are the central findings of new research from the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics and Political Science.…

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The importance of protecting privacy in a post-Roe world

After the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial decision in June 2022 to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate an almost 50-year federal right to abortion, data privacy advocates are sounding the alarm about the potential dangers of authorities weaponing digital data from prospective…

Flip the switch

How tiny vibrations in minute metal structures – and a little bit of luck – helped make mobile phones faster and more efficient.Research from Professor Charles Smith at Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory led to the formation of spin-out company Cavendish Kinetics and the…

Could this monster help you overcome anxiety?

In 2017, Ninja Theory, advised by Cambridge academic Professor Paul Fletcher, took the gaming world by storm with Hellblade, which accurately depicted psychosis. Now the company has teamed up with one of Fletcher’s PhD students to see whether gaming might help improve…