BREAKING: Two from Wellington plead guilty to sober-home fraud scheme


Two Wellington residents are facing prison terms after they pleaded guilty in U.S. Federal Court to participating in a multimillion-dollar insurance fraud and money-laundering scheme connected to their ownership of sober homes and a drug-treatment center, the Justice Department said Friday.

Tovah Lynn Jasperson, 48, and Alan Martin Bostom, 75, were the owners of Angel’s Recovery, an alcohol- and drug-treatment facility with locations throughout Palm Beach County.

Jasperson plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health-care fraud and is facing a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Bostom plead guilty to one count of making false statements related to a health-care matter and could get as many as five years in prison.

They are scheduled to be sentenced May 11.

Jasperson and Bostom provided kickbacks and bribes to area sober homes in exchange for their referral of insured residents to Angel’s Recovery for treatment. This was done to “secure a steady stream of patients … ,” the justice department said. The treatment center then tested residents for drugs — typically three times per week — and billed the patients’ insurance companies for payment.

Patients also received bribes, including free rent and paying patients’ insurance premiums, if they agreed to live at the sober homes and attend drug treatment. Payments were also made to the owners of sober homes.

Jasperson and Bostom are also accused of hiring a doctor as medical director who often pre-signed prescriptions for controlled substances that the employees gave out to patients. They continued to employ the doctor his medical license was suspendended, according to the Justice Department, and did not inform the Florida Department of Children and Families, which requires a licensed medical director at drug-treatment facilities.




Next Up in Local

Jupiter Police Department names K-9 after Burt Reynolds character
Jupiter Police Department names K-9 after Burt Reynolds character

Jupiter Police Department has named its newest K-9 officer after one of Burt Reynolds’ best-known characters. Bandit, an 11-week-old bloodhound, will join the department once he completes eight to 10 months of training. This Bandit isn’t going to smuggle bootleg beer across state lines or be chased by Sheriff Buford T. Justice — rather...
Lantana family of 9 loses home in fire; youth football team gives $800
Lantana family of 9 loses home in fire; youth football team gives $800

Sept. 1 was a regular Saturday evening for Tara Payton as she heated up oil in a cast-iron pan to cook dinner for six children in her Lantana home. When she stepped away to ask her husband Ryan a quick question at the front door, Tara heard someone scream “fire!” and she immediately ran back inside to see the kitchen in flames. &ldquo...
Alligator eludes authorities in southern New Jersey
Alligator eludes authorities in southern New Jersey

There’s an alligator on the loose in southern New Jersey, and police have come up empty trying to find the elusive reptile, NJ.com reported.  >> Read more trending news  Police in Mullica Township said the alligator, which measures between 3 and 4 feet in length, was first spotted Tuesday. Officers and members of the ...
LATEST: Riviera man allegedly tried to kill wife twice in one week
LATEST: Riviera man allegedly tried to kill wife twice in one week

A Riviera Beach man is being held without bond after he allegedly tried to kill his wife of 17 years twice in a week, according to arrest reports. Tyrome Johson, 42, is facing more than a dozen felonies and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail without bond. Johnson allegedly tried to kill his wife Sept. 9 when he fired two gunshots at her...
More Stories