Well, only if you were to live in Broweird and I were to work at Arent Fox, that is:
Taxpayer-supported Broward Health has paid $10.2 million so far for legal advice about how to deal with an ongoing federal investigation into allegations that it colluded with doctors to submit tens of millions of dollars in bogus claims to Medicare and Medicaid.They apparently bill for a tenth of a billable hour:
Broward Health, also known as the North Broward Hospital District, quietly spent those millions even though federal authorities have yet to level a single public accusation of wrongdoing against it.
The money went to the Washington, D.C. law firm Arent Fox, which was retained shortly after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) subpoenaed documents relating to Broward Health’s contracts with 27 prominent doctors and one physicians’ group practice on May 16, 2011.
No item was small enough to escape inclusion on Arent Fox’s multi-page invoices: a charge for a tenth of an hour to read an email; $3.35 for a Starbucks latte; $1.99 for a bag of M&M candy peanuts picked up at Palm Beach International Airport.Listen, everyone's expensed a snack or two purchased while traveling on a case for a client, except here you have a public entity where your every expenditure will be fly-specked.
But then, two bucks at an airport for a bag of candy is pretty reasonable, plus these taxpayers live in Broward so what do they really expect?