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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 1 HeraldZeitung O Wednesday January New system aims to detect Medicaid fraud other abuses By JUAN B ELIZONDO Jr Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP A computer sys tem used by Visa International to detect fraudulent credit card purchases is being trained to track fraud and abuse in the Texas Medicaid system State Comptroller John Sharp and an Austin firm designing the system announced the plan Tuesday system could start reporting Fraudulent or abusive claims as soon as April and expected to be fully in place py September It will be the first time SUch advanced technology is used to dctcct waste and fraud in a state Mod icaid system Thc learning computer technology was used in Desert Storm It takes historical information in this case past Medicaid reimbursement claims filed by doctors The computer studies patterns in the thousands of records such as the cost of certain procedures the num ber of times they arc performed and the number of times average patients arc seen and singles out filings that do not follow set patterns As the system is fed more informa tion it applies new patterns without being rcprogrammed thus learning how Medicaid claims should be filed anil detecting irregular claims Most fraud cases investigated by the Texas Department of Health now arc discovered through tips from con sumers and care providers Sharp said What we arc talking about is build ing a smart bomb for Medicaid fraud waste and he said Texas is estimated to lose billion to such abuse in the current twoyear budget By comparison only mil lion is budgeted to fight Medicaid fraud Sharp and the cofounders of Bcrkom USA said the aim of the pro ject is to detect up to 50 percent of fraudulent or abusive claims in the billion Texas Medicaid system Visa cut its fraud losses by 17 per cent in 1994 from million in 1993 to million During the same period other credit card companies saw fraiul increase by 13 percent Sharp said Texas Today Candidate To Play Name Game AUSTIN AP One of the men seeking to replace the most famous name on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is also using a famous name Judge Sam Houston Clinton who happens to have one of the most polit ically attractive names in Texas is stepping down at the end of the year after 18 years on the states highest criminal court One of the candidates who wants to replace Clinton on the court is James C Boone a Palestine attorney who has asked that he be listed on the bal lot as James Daniel Boone The attempt has led some people to suggest that Boone a Republican has come up with the nickname to give himself an edge with voters Nine candidates seven Republi cans and two Democrats are run ning for his Place 1 seat Trial of Kidnap Slaying Suspect To Be Moved CONROE Texas AP The cap ital murder trial of a man accused in the abduction murder of 12yearold McK ay Everett will be moved from Mont gomery County because of pretrial publicity District Judge Fred Edwards on Tuesday granted the motion for a change of venue for the trial of Hilton Crawford but said he will wait until next week to announce where the trial will be moved Defense lawyers argued that pretri al publicity was so pervasive inflam matory and prejudicial that Crawford could not get a fair trial in Conroe 1 think the prevailing attitude in this community is Lets keep the tri al here so we can kill him defense attorney Rick Stover of Conroe told the judge Prosecutors Mike Aduddell and Nancy Neff opposed the change of venue citing a survey of 180 local res idents in which twothirds of those who filled out a questionnaire said Crawford could get a fair trial in the county TeenAger Gets Probation For Killing Man Who Sexually Abused Him SAN ANTONIO AP A teen ager described as suffering from bat tered child syndrome has been given probation after being convicted of killing a man he said had been sexual ly abusing him for about two years Mike Harwood 17 was accused of shooting 26yearold John Burwell 12 times under the chin with a 22cal iber rifle Jurors Tuesday convicted Harwood who was 16 at the time of the shooting cm the lesser offense of voluntary manslaughter He had been charged with murder and could have faced up to99 years in prison District Judge Susan Reed set pun ishment at 10 years probation and a fine Defense lawyer John Rowland called Burwell a predatory pedophile used alcohol to intoxicate his vic tims into submission Reeves Convicted Gets 35Year Prison Term In Second Wifes 1978 Slaying Texas AP A cetired Army master sergeant has been Sentenced to 35 years in prison for the 1978 shotgun murder of his second wife the first of three spouses to meet untimely deaths Jurors deliberated for just over an hour before convicting Jack Reeves Tuesday morning of murdering Sharon Reeves Jurors spent about two hours before passing the sentence shortly after 6 Tuesday Reeves 55 bowed his head and sighed upon hearing the verdict Defense attorney Wes Ball said he was pretty much stunned by the verdict and punishment Mr Reeves has always professed his innocence to me and I believe he said Native Designs and Consultation Herbs Native Plants Aquatic Plants Antique Roses Bark mulch Bob Fitzsimmons Proprietor Daily hours MF 85 Sat 85 Sun 125 uth ernwoo d S Unda to San Antonio New Braunfeli to Austin 658 Landa Street New Braunfels 1Z MONKEYS Frt SalSun MonThur BIODONE Pauly Frl SalSun Monlhur r Dusk till Dawn Frt MonDuir Eye For An Eye MonTbw Frt SatSun MuThUF Frl tatto MoolHur 720 Presented in SUDDEN Kfl DAMME GET SHORTY JBKN TIIVBLTI m Obituaries John Curtis Cole III John Curtis Cole III of Marion passed away Monday Jan 29 in New Braunfels at the age of 48 He is sur vived by his wife Mavis Odeene Cole of Marion daughters Jamie and Jessica Cole of Marion son Seth Cole of Marion and a sister Arlene Johnson and her husband James of Andice Texas A funeral service will be held Thursday Feb 1 1996 at 2 at Zoeller Funeral Home with interment following at St Johns Lutheran Cemetery in Marion Visi tation will be from 4 Wednesday until service time Thursday The fam ily will receive visitors at the funeral home from 7 until 9 Wednesday Johnnie Franklin Bohac Johnnie Franklin Bohac of Granger passed away Tuesday Jan 30 1996 at the age of 56 A lifelong resident of Granger he was a superintendent employed by the city for ten years He was a veteran of the Air Force Reserve and was a member of the Sts Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church A grad uate of Texas Mr Bohac was a member of the KJT Sons of Her mann Knights of Columbus Granger VFD and the American Legion Survivors include his wife Barbara Bohac of Granger daughter Kay Bohac of College Station sons John nie Michael Bohac of Granger Thomas Bohac and Missy of Flo rence and Ben Alan Bohac of Granger stepgrandson Tyler Roden beck of Florence motherinlaw Janie Zgarba of Taylor sisters There sa Haag and husband Roy of New Braunfels and hus band William of Humble and Mon ica Schwertner and husband Bill of Marlin several nieces and nephews A rosary will be redited Wednes day Jan 31 1996 at at the Goodnight Funeral Home of Columbus after the rosary A funeral service will be held Thursday Feb 1 1996 at 10 at the Sts Cyril and Method ius Catholic Church with interment following at the Holy Cross Ceme tery Msgr Ed Rabroker and Rev Isidore Rozycki will officiate the ser vices In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Sts Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church or Sts Cyril and Methodius Catholic School Arrangements are with the Good night Funeral Home 5123523636 Edgar Edgar C Blankenbeckler of Cibo lo passed away Tuesday Jan 30 1996 at McKenna Memorial Hospital at the age of 72 He was born June 3 1923 in San Antonio to Egbert Carson and Annie Mae Johnson Blanken beckler and married Esther Manning on Oct 28 1942 in San Antonio A New Braunfels and Cibolo area resi dent for 8 years he was retired after 45 years in the coinoperated phono graph business and retired from See bufg Phonograph Manufacturing He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII and was a member of the Methodist faith Survivors include his wife Esther M Blankenbeckler of Cibolo daugh ter Pam Blankenbeckler of New Braunfels son Mark Blankenbeck ler and wife Liz of New Braunfels and three grandchildren Christopher Misty and Brandon A memorial service will be held Friday Feb 2 1996 at 1 at Oak wood Baptist Church in New Braun fels with Rev Ray Still officiating Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association There will be no visitation at the funeral home Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home Ray Biedermann Ray Biedermann of New Braun fels passed away Tuesday Jan 30 1996 at Audie L Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio at the age of 85 years He was born 13 1910 in Rowena Texas to Paul August Bie dermann and Annie Seidel Bieder mann He married Helen Simecek July 11 1934 at Orange Grove Texas A 50year New Braunfels res ident Biedermann was a member of Sts Peter Paul Catholic Church He was an Opa Emeritus of the Wurstfest Association a charter mem ber of the Knights of Columbus a life member of the Elks Lodge and a member of VFW Post 7110 Bieder mann served in World War II He is survived by daughter Gayle Scheel and husband Allen of Seguin softs Donald Biedermann and wife Lessie of Cincinnati Ohio David Bie dermann and wife Sandy of Riviera Texas Jim Biedermann and wife Sue of New Braunfels sister Anita Hoelzel of Alice Texas 12 grand children and 10 greatgrandchildren He was preceded in death by his wife Helen Simecek Biedermann on Jan having been married for 59 years Funeral mass will be Thursday Feb 1 1996 10 at Sts Peter Paul Catholic Church with Msgr Eugene OCallaghan celebrant Entombment will be at Sts Peter Paul Catholic Mausoleum Pallbearers will be Don Jackson Ricky Carde nas Arlon Butch Ott Russell Voll brecht John Newton and Clinton Acker Visitation will be held from 11 until 6 Wednesday at Doep penschmidt Funeral Home A Rosary will be recited at at Sts Peter Paul Catholic Church Memo rial contributions may be made to Sts Peter Paul Catholic School Trust Fund or to St James Catholic School in Seguin Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home George T Reaves Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels for George T Reaves who died at Live Oak on Tuesday Jan 30 1996 at the age of 64 years Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home On Behalf of Our Loved One Michael E Coulter We want to thank all the wonderful family and friends for all the loving donations kindness flowers and food Everyone who shared in our sorrow and grief Thank you for being there and holding our hands We love each and every one of you God bless all of you Thank you for being in our lives Sincerely Jodi Mike and Dawn Coulter HAVE YOU HEARD THE LATEST exetttaive IS HAVING ITS FIRST SALE STARTING FEB 2ND 25 OFF ON SELECTED ITEMS THROUGHOUT THE STORE COME BY AND SEE FOR YOURSELF AT 205 E IH 35 IN THE COURTYARD MALL NEW BRAUNFELS TEXAS WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING SPRING 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