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Fifth sober home arrest in 6 days: Man charged with patient brokering


A West Palm Beach man investigators say took money for referring sober-home patients to a specific Boynton Beach treatment center has become the fifth person in six days to be arrested on patient brokering charges in the county.

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Ehab Iskander, 33, was arrested late Tuesday on six counts of patient brokering, jail records show. Iskander heads Integrity House, a transitional living sober home in Lake Worth. Investigators say Iskander received illegal payment from Whole Life Recovery, a Boynton Beach treatment center, for referring patients from Integrity House to the center, so long as the patients were insured and attended weekly meetings.

Read the Palm Beach Post’s investigation: Addiction Treatment — Inside the Gold Rush

Judge Joseph Marx on Wednesday set Iskander’s bail at $18,000. The state has approved that the money is not from patient-brokering.

From April 25 through June 26, James Kigar, chief executive of Whole Life Recovery, paid Iskander a total of more than $2,000 for those patient referrals, according to an arrest report from the county’s Sober Home Task Force. Kigar was arrested in late October on multiple counts of patient brokering.

Iskander joins Howard James Fowler Jr., John Dudek and brothers Bryan and Patrick Norquist. All are accused of entering into patient referral contracts with Whole Life Recovery.

Those referral contracts, called case-management agreements, are commonly used by treatment facilities to circumvent Florida’s patient-brokering law, according to the arrest reports from the Palm Beach County task force.

That law makes it illegal to “offer or pay any commission, bonus, rebate, kickback or bribe” in order to persuade patients to go to a particular health-care provider.

Iskander is scheduled to appear in front of a Palm Beach County judge Wednesday morning, court records show.


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