BAD regents Geddes, page , Trachok and Doubrava

With the next Regent meeting, aka the circus, this week, let’s never forget those alleged open meeting law violations.😳😳😳😳😳

I-Team: Regents accused of violating open meeting law

LAS VEGAS – A complaint filed with the Nevada Attorney General’s Office has accused four University Regents of violating the state’s open meeting law.

The I-Team revealed that the first alleged meeting occurred earlier in May and is related to ongoing turmoil involving a shocking audit of UNR’s medical school.

Fewer than two dozen university officials were allowed to see the results of the confidential audit conducted in 2016.

It’s no wonder UNR didn’t want an audit. It uncovered evidence of massive billing problems and lack of oversight at the medical practice UNR operated in southern Nevada for years. Internal emails show that UNLV Medical School officials wanted to report allegations of outright fraud to federal authorities but were told by UNR to butt out. University staffers have been told by lawyers they can’t say anything.

“I can say I can’t talk about it, but I can say we did an audit, so we can take over the practice,” said Dr. Barbara Atkinson, Dean of UNLV Medical School.

After the I-Team revealed some of the audit results, federal officials contacted UNR to demand more information about overbilling. UNR confirms it already had to repay around $129,000 for overbilling Medicare and Medicaid. More payments could be in the future.

None of this has ever been discussed by the board of regents, or rather, it’s never been discussed in an open meeting. That does not come as a surprise to some UNLV donors.

“They don’t want any meetings face to face. They clearly have meetings among themselves, which I think is a violation of the open meeting law,” said Kris Englestad McGarry, philanthropist.

UNLV supporters and staffers have long whispered that an activist group of four or five regents controls the board, and routinely makes policy decisions behind closed doors, excluding even other regents on the 13-member board.

Now, the I-Team has learned, a formal complaint about one such meeting has been filed with the Nevada Attorney General. The complaint alleges the violation occurred following a special meeting of the board back on May 4.

Eyewitnesses say that when the official meeting ended, a group of four regents met in secrecy — two in person and two by phone. The complaint identifies the four as Chairman Kevin Page, Vice Chair Jason Geddes, former Chair Rick Trachok and Regent Mark Doubrava.

They allegedly discussed ways to move money out of some UNLV budgets in order to fund the construction of the UNLV medical school building.

It would be illegal for four regents to meet to discuss official business, so did it happen? The I-Team called all four to ask. Page, Geddes and Doubrava never returned our calls. Rick Trachok told us, he’s not aware of any such meeting and that he wasn’t a part of it. It will be up to the attorney general’s office to determine if the allegation can be proven.

The full details included in the complaint are not yet public but will be released if, or when, the attorney general rules there is enough evidence to proceed.  8 News NOW will have more details as they become available.

Geddes Cheated. Let us never forget!!!

Why do we keep drunk drivers (Bart Patterson) Bad Chancellors (Thom Reilly) and cheaters (Regent Geddes) at NsHe???

Another Episode of “Why I Hate the Government” + The Cheating Regent

Chuck Muth(Chuck Muth, Citizen Outreach) – CHEATING REGENT DEFENDS PLAGIARISM

University Regent Jason Geddes, who is also a government employee at UNR, has been caught red-handed plagiarizing a California think tank’s report in a 1995 college dissertation.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Geddes’ paper included “pages of paragraphs being copied exactly” without quote marks or attribution.

The dishonorable cheater, however, claims it wasn’t plagiarism “because dissertations aren’t widely read, the copied work was accurate and the copied language wasn’t creative.”

Apparently Mr. Geddes majored in “What Is Is” at UNR.

According to the LVRJ article, “Plagiarism is considered high crime in higher education.” (Note the quotation marks and citation in that last sentence, Mr. Geddes.)

Indeed, the paper quotes six students who read the report and characterized it as “shocking,” especially from “someone elected to oversee higher education.”

One of the students “said she would expect to face expulsion if she were caught copying multiple paragraphs, and she would expect a professor to be fired.”

Ah, but this is the NEVADA System of Higher Education.

As such, the LVRJ reports that “UNR doesn’t plan to investigate the department or take any action against Geddes.”

Of course, if Mr. Geddes had any honor he would have resigned as a member of the Board of Regents already.  Then again, if he had any honor he wouldn’t have plagiarized his college dissertation in the first place!

I guess sometimes cheaters DO win.

But what an embarrassment.

YOUR OPINION, PLEASE?

ONLY 10 MINUTES?

Can a true board of regents really make an educated decision to hire an acting President in 10 MINUTES?

That’s all the time Bad Chancellor Reilly feels he needs to get the job done. (See attached June 4 Regents agenda)

Maybe that’s because it only took Bad Regent Page 10 minutes to hire Reilly.

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, so they say.

STUDENTS UNITE!!!

https://nshe.nevada.edu/wp-content/uploads/file/BoardOfRegents/Agendas/2018/jun-mtgs/BOR060418.pdf

Riley & Page shouldn’t be Firing or Hiring ANYONE

 First, regent Page ignores the ENTIRE community search committee and secretly flies down to Arizona to personally hire ASU teacher Tom Riley for the NSHE Chancellor job.

Next, Riley conspires with regent Page to Fire UNLV President Len Jessup.

NOW, Riley and Page have decided, among themselves, to select a single candidate from an existing pool of people to become acting president of UNLV. Why just one?

One of them, a competent and strong UNLV Business dean, apparently ran into past conflicts with Page demanding special favors for family members around the business school. Favors that included

1.demands for admissions to classes that were already closed for registration,

2.forgiveness to the entrance to classes that required prereq’s,

3. Other demands to fulfill requests negative to UNLV’s ethical code and values

This UNLV business dean, lock step with the now-fired UNLV President, stood up to Page and defended the academic rules and values of UNLV.

Talk says there are emails documenting these demands.

Regent Page – UNLV and the community want your response on this matter on June 4th.

 

 

Open meeting law violations

In attending and/or watching recent regents meetings, one cannot help but notice that there seems to be interesting time in between when the individuals who are participating in the regents meetings via videoconferencing type on their computers or tablets, and comments that are made by one or two key individuals at the location of the region meeting. Has anyone bothered to see if the regions are having chat discussions during meetings as a means of avoiding the open meeting laws?  Regardless of whether it’s on there and she paid for email Gmail accounts or not, if for example Chairman Page and Regent Gaddis are discussing issues behind the scenes on their computers and not out loud, that would be a violation of the open meeting law.  Someone should go back and watch the meetings and the signals are giving to determine if any chats they are participating and can be subpoenaed that might prove collusion and backdoor dealings.

Regent Graft: Episode We’re Losing Count

ONE BIG HAPPY (AND DYSFUNCTIONAL) FAMILY

As the Board of Regents continues its pathetic romance with ASU professor Thom Reilly in an all-out assault on UNLV’s existence as a research university here is the latest incestuous relationship that adds to the litany of abuses and embarrassments produced by these ethically-challenged misfits.

In a Briefing paper for a June 4th meeting of the Board of Regents, take a look at the “Working Group” created by the Board to address “claims and other issues” relating to the UNLV student housing project known as “the Degree.”

The Working Group “includes Michael Wixom of the law firm of Smith Larsen & Wixom and Cynthia Alexander of Dickinson Wright. Mr. Wixom serves as Special Counsel to the Board of on this matter…”

Wixom is himself a former regent. Under what circumstances was Wixom hired by his friends? Was there an open, competitive process?

Wixom suffered an embarrassing defeat in his last campaign for a regent’s seat. He was defeated by an opponent who spent $0.00 on his campaign, as compared to some $40,000 in Wixom’s campaign coffers.

That the regent who defeated Wixom is now a foot soldier in the effort to dismantle UNLV, probably because he could not secure a faculty position there, is but another sad commentary on this group. And the regent who vanquished Wixom is already running for the U.S. Congress, a true reflection of just how little he cares to be a member of the Board of Regents.

Wixom must surely be the envy of other former regents, including James Dean Leavitt, who on this very site, wrote in and admitted, that while a sitting regent, “I inquired about the possibility of offering my services to the UNLV School of Medicine..”

Thank you George Knapp, Lewis & Roca and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

FINALLY, RESPONSIBLE PARTIES IN NEVADA WILL DEMAND UNR, NSHE, AND THE REGENTS ANSWER QUESTIONS THEY REFUSE TO PROVIDE TO THE PUBLIC.

http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/i-team-exclusive-death-of-former-unr-doctor-raises-questions-with-bus-company/1195359597

 

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I-Team Exclusive: Death of former UNR doctor raises questions with bus company

LAS VEGAS – A new scandal is brewing over a coverup within the University of Nevada Reno Medical School.

As the I-Team first reported, a confidential audit of the UNR School of Medicine clinics which operated for years in southern Nevada uncovered widespread billing errors and serious lack of oversight. But there may be darker secrets that have yet to be uncovered.

One of Nevada’s biggest law firms is going after UNR’s medical school operating in southern Nevada, in part, because of allegations about billing errors and outright fraud.

There was also a separate investigation which has never been made public. In response, to I-Team stories, the firm Lewis and Roca is going to court to get it.

I-Team: George Knapp: “Is the audit public?”

Dr. Barbara Atkinson, UNLV Medical School Dean: “I don’t know. I believe it is confidential.”

Earlier this year, Atkinson said she could not comment about a confidential audit conducted in 2016. Since then, the I-Team obtained a copy of the audit. Auditors found blatant billing problems across the board, many or most of the doctors in the UNR operation committed critical billing errors 50 to 90 percent of the time including overbilling of Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.

Internal emails show that Atkinson and others at UNLV pushed for the audit, in part, because they received reports of more serious fraudulent billing. They later urged UNR to disclose the results. A Sept. 2016 email from Atkinson to several university officials mentioned the most serious compliance issue centered on someone identified as “Dr. K’.

Atkinson wrote that this doctor would not be hired by UNLV and that his behavior should be reported to the medical board and federal government.

UNR medical school Dean Thom Schwenk responded, confirmed the seriousness of the allegations, then said another independent investigation was being conducted. He added that Atkinson didn’t need to know any more than that.

Dr. K turns out to be Dr. Kayvan Khiabani, a hand surgeon who earned more than a million dollars from UNR in 2015. When some of his fellow doctors alleged that Khiabani was charging for procedures that were never performed and for equipment that was never used, the reports were ignored.

The whistle blowers were threatened. One day Khiabani learned he was being fired, he died in a collision with a bus. In March of this year, a jury awarded his family $19 million for a wrongful death caused by the bus company. But the jury never heard that Khiabani had been fired or that he was under investigation.

After the I-Team story aired, the law firm for the bus company filed a series of motions to reconsider the jury award. They want access to all of the UNR records, including the investigations that were never made public. Every motion filed so far was immediately sealed at the request of the other side. None of the parties is allowed to comment yet.

READ: A list of the motions filed

In addition to this legal action to force the release of UNR’s records, federal authorities are also asking to see the audit.

The compliance officers whose job it was to make sure UNR doctors didn’t overcharge for services still have their jobs. One of them is chief compliance officer for UNR medical school. The other was promoted and now oversees UNLV’s School of Medicine.