Final strange chapter: Fake cancer scam ends in jail time

December 1, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The strangest story I’ve ever covered is over.

A Shelby County Circuit Court judge on Thursday sentenced Jennifer Flynn Cataldo to serve two years for each of two counts of first-degree theft by deception after Cataldo admitted to soliciting tens of thousands of dollars from friends and family in a fake cancer scheme. The two-year terms will run concurrently.  

“Those who prey upon the charitable intentions of good Samaritans not only do a tremendous disservice to those truly in need but also betray the trust of the community,” said Attorney General Steve Marshall in a press release. “This sentence should send a strong signal to others who may harbor similar intentions of deceiving the public’s generosity that there will be a price to pay for breaking the law.”

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21st Century Cures Act passes with Shelby’s support

December 8, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the US Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act, HR34, with bipartisan support. US Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) supported the legislation and said that the bill will take critical steps to fight the opioid epidemic and will foster needed changes in the healthcare infrastructure.

Senator Shelby said in a statement, “America has long been the world’s leader in medical innovation and it is important that we modernize, personalize, and streamline our health care delivery system to ensure that it meets the demands of today. For the millions of Americans suffering from a serious illness such as cancer or Alzheimer’s, cutting-edge research is the beginning of hope for them and their loved ones.”
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Cigarette Tax Is Defeated in Committee

August 5, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 4, the House Ways & Means General Fund Committee rejected a measure to raise the cigarette tax by 25 cents a pack in a narrow 8 to 7 vote. Tobacco taxes were a key lynch-pin in both Governor Robert Bentley (R) and Chairman Steve Clouse’s (R-Ozark) plans to address shortfalls in the State’s troubled General Fund.

Fiscal conservatives are opposed to any tax increase.
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Senator/Physician Moves to Repeal Law Inspired by His Patient’s Death

March 29, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A newly-elected OB/GYN State Senator has enlisted the support of six Republican Senate colleagues to repeal a law based, in part, on the death of one of his patients.

Senator Dr. Larry Stutts (R-Sheffield) has offered SB289, which would repeal a woman’s legal right to remain in the hospital for 48 hours after a normal live birth and 96 hours if the birth was cesarean or presented complication. His bill would also repeal State law requiring physicians to notify woman in writing that her mammogram showed dense tissue that may mask breast cancer.
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Bachus Supports Patient Centered Quality of Life Act

July 24, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia announced his support for bipartisan legislation intended to improve care for patients diagnosed with cancer and other serious illnesses on Thursday.  The Patient Centered Quality of Life Act (H.R. 6157) was formally introduced in the House with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (MO) as the lead Democratic sponsor and Congressman Bachus as the lead Republican sponsor.

Rep. Bachus said, “We know that more people are living for longer periods of time after being treated for cancer and other serious illnesses. But there are often gaps in the follow-up care they receive. Through better awareness and coordination of services, we can help people more easily resume daily life after difficult medical treatments. We can also reduce fragmentation that raises costs in our health care system. This is bipartisan legislation and I am pleased that it has received the endorsement of the American Cancer Society.”
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