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The Cavitat fraud
The Cavitat Crowd of Crooks (19/11/2005)
A Cavitat is a machine which is used to detect a condition called "neuralgia-inducing cavitational osteonecrosis", or NICO. Upon discovery of a case of NICO, much pulling of healthy teeth and teeth with either fillings or root canal treatments is done, leaving the patient toothless and cashless. The Cavitat machine is not approved by the FDA for the detection of NICO and NICO is not recognised as any form of medical or dental condition. None of this has stopped crooked dentists from using these machines to diagnose this non-existent condition and then charging much money to fix it. The insurance company Aetna has a specific policy against paying for NICO repairs or work done as a result of a NICO diagnosis, but again this has not stopped the crooked dentists from finding ways to get paid from Aetna's funds. When Aetna finally took action to stop the fraud the crooked dentists sued Aetna, claiming that the company was part of some massive conspiracy involving the FDA, the American Dental Association, and just about everyone who was not a party to the Cavitat fraud. They lost.
Aetna came back with a counterclaim, and the details were made public this week by the court. (Just in case you think that I am publishing some secret document, you can see the unsealing order here.) One of the nice things they did was exhibit a list of fraudulent insurance claims made by some of the crooked dentists, and you can see that list here. The best part, however, is the complete counterclaim, which describes in detail the nature of the medical fraud of the Cavitat machine itself and the financial fraud of the crooked dentists who tried various ways to get around Aetna's policy of not paying for this quackery. Read the full counterclaim here, and notice the familiar names - Huggins, Haley, Bolen ... One small disappointment for me was that Aetna's lawyers were far too polite, and in all the places where they quote the crooks and say "Spelling and grammar corrected" I would have left the illiteracies there for all to see.
Tim forgets where he lives (27/5/2006)
See Patrick Timothy Bolen tell a court where he lives. (Part of a deposition in a case between a bunch of crooks selling a machine to diagnose a non-existent medical condition and an insurance company which had decided not to pay for the quackery.) You can see the full hilarious deposition here.
More about the Cavitat Crowd of Clownlike Crooks (3/6/2006)
I received the following email in response to my words last week about how sleazy Tim Bolen looked while trying to remember if he only owned one home.
Date: Sun, 28 May 2006 07:00:10 -0700
From: synthia man
Subject: What not Publish a Follow up to Cavitat winning BIG in Aetna Case?
I heard that Aetna settled BIG with Bob Jones' Cavitat Case. Rumor had it that Jones was very please so it must have been millions$$$.
Any idea how much money in this "secret settlement?"
As the settlement was secret, nobody other than the parties knows what was in it. What is known, however, is that the law firm which acted for Jones and Cavitat at the start of the action is suing for payment of money owed to them under a binding contract between Jones, Cavitat and the lawyers. As the amount claimed is only a little over $500,000 and Jones doesn't have it to pay (evidenced by the law firm enjoining Aetna's deep pockets jointly and severally in the suit), it seems unlikely that Jones and Cavitat received millions of anything, let alone $$$. I have just received a copy of the suit against Jones, Cavitat, Aetna and lawyer-to-the-quacks Negrete and I will wait until I have had time to read and digest it before I make a comment. I will say, however, that I am familiar with the concept of secret settlements and the reasons that they are sometimes entered into. I am also familiar with the way that anyone who is not a party and who says what is in such an agreement is lying, even if what they say is coincidentally and accidentally the truth.
My jaw dropped! (24/8/2013)
Someone is very unhappy about something I had to say about some crooks who committed insurance fraud. They had the hide to sue the insurance company when it wouldn't pay them for submitting fraudulent claims for a service that it specifically said it would not pay for.
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:43:23 -0700
From: Jan Lauana Leist
Subject: Re Cavitat
I am astonished at the last article on Cavitat Machines. It shows how much ignorance you have on jawbone work and dental expertise!!
I don't claim to be a dentist, but I can smell fraud, especially when it's as noisome as this one.
Cavitat machines reveal pockets of infection in the jawbone and other teeth root areas.
So do x-rays, as used by dentists who don't commit fraud. I had just such an x-ray a couple of weeks ago so that the dentist could treat an infection around the roots of a tooth.
If you do your research and have heard that a 5,000 year old science associating teeth meridians with every organ in the body, you would realize how much this infection in the jawbone area causes illness and affects organs in other parts of the body.
Teeth meridians? That's a form of nonsense that I haven't come across before. Thank you for letting me know about it, and I look forward to being amused when I read more about it.
When the infection is GONE in the bones, the illnesses clear up.
Yes, medicine is like that. That's why infection is treated.
I KNOW as I have been there. I also know of many others who have done this process and gotten well, so before you go BLASTTING off negative things about Cavitat, I would suggest you investigate alot more thoroughly........
I see you observe the Internet tradition by using the concatenation "alot". Tradition is good, even if this one doesn't go back 5,000 years.
LL, A Health Journalist and Writer
I hope that your health journalism isn't published in any place where people might go to find reliable medical advice. If they follow your advice they could end up having all their teeth taken out and their health insurance claim rejected.