Shocka! O’Keefe’s Latest Sting Is A Fraud
James O’Keefe’s latest “evidence” of “Medicaid fraud” not only fails to show any such fraud, it fully exposes O’Keefe as a dissembler who should not be treated as a legitimate news source.
According to O’Keefe, his latest video shows officials in Indiana “caught in [a] Medicaid fraud sting” involving a “wealthy Russian drug smuggler.”
But at no point in either of two visits documented by O’Keefe does the so-called undercover reporter identifying himself as “Sergei” claim to be a drug smuggler. Not once.
During the first visit, a man identifying himself as Sergei claims that he employs his father, who needs to apply for Medicaid benefits. “Sergei” claims to pay his father $200 per month and insinuates that his father might be a babysitter. He also claims to have “people who work for us,” “girls that work for us,” and “shipment under floorboard.”
“Sergei” never claims to be a drug smuggler.
During the second visit, the man who identifies himself as Sergei again claims to be inquiring about Medicaid benefits for his father. “Sergei” says that he and his brother give his father $200 each month “because he’s our father,” that his father “works for me and my brother,” that his father is “not really” working anymore, and that his father might “sometime deliver.”
Again, the man calling himself Sergei never claims to be a drug smuggler.
Yet here is how O’Keefe presented his latest sting video:
The reporter indicates that he is a drug dealer who receives “shipment in floorboard.”
That’s not true. It’s demonstrably false simply by watching the video. And it’s perfectly consistent with O’Keefe history of dishonesty.