Addiction Treatment Scams Here, There & Everywhere
Substance addiction is very big business. The addictions include prescription drugs and alcohol as well as illegal drugs. Clearly, the peddlers and everyone else involved in providing the addict with his or her fix are making billions of dollars. But it doesn’t stop there. When the addict determines to get clean, they may be victimized all over again, this time by treatment scams.
Treating addiction is poorly understood and under-regulated. Certainly, there are innumerable providers who are doing an incredible job and saving thousands of lives, but the structure of the system also allows for any number of con artists, charlatans and cheats who are hustling millions of dollars without improving the lives of their patients.
An especially shocking example involved a sadistic thug named Kenny Chatman. He ran a network of alleged treatment centers in South Florida where the patients were deliberately kept addicted in order to siphon as much money as possible from their families and from insurance claims. Additionally, he forced some of the female patients to become prostitutes within the walls of his clinics. Chatman was finally captured and put behind bars in 2017, but the overall problem of fraudulent clinics in South Florida has largely remained unchanged. That area is especially notorious for addiction treatment fraud, but it can also be found anywhere in America.
But of course, it’s not just America. Not at all. As reliable as the sunset, the combination of high prices and high demand has led to the massive growth of medical tourism. It is a burgeoning industry even in such mainstream treatments as cosmetic, orthopedic, cardiac, and bariatric surgery, in addition to dentistry and more. However, addiction treatment additionally suffers from an absence of clear guidelines that are internationally accepted. Therefore, the potential for corruption is almost limitless.
Thailand especially has made itself a major destination for addiction tourism. No doubt, there are several first rate clinics staffed by top notch specialists to be found there. But there are also far too many unethical brokers who get paid to guide their quarry to particular facilities, irrespective of their quality or skill. Such addiction broker scams have also caused much of the addiction treatment offenses in the U.S.
If you or a loved one was the victim of an addiction treatment scam, what can you do? Besides justice (depending on the jurisdictions involved, this may be easier said than done), should the crooks be permitted to profit from the suffering they caused? And at the very least, don’t you deserve to get your money back? If you paid the scammer with a credit card or wire transfer, it could be possible. Regrettably, successfully opening and winning a dispute in such cases is encumbered with an astonishing amount bureaucracy and red tape. The good news is you have someone on your side.
We are MyChargeBack, an international fund recovery service headquartered in New York. Our experience and expertise in guiding disputes to maximize the chances of success has resulted in retrieving millions of dollars for scam victims all over the world. And we have the persistence never to get discouraged or to give up on our clients. We guarantee 100% effort every time to get you your money back.
If you believe you have fallen victim to an addiction treatment scam, contact MyChargeBack today for a free consultation.