Sober home cases in court: More charges, another plea

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James Kigar

James Kigar, accused to paying kickbacks for patients at his treatment center Whole Life Recovery, has been arrested again on charges of failing to carry workers compensation insurance.

Kigar’s latest arrest on Jan. 15 was a byproduct of raid by the Palm Beach County Sober Home Task Force on Oct. 25, 2016. Documents seized during a search of Whole Life Recovery in Boynton Beach provided evidence used to charge Kigar with more than 90 counts of patient brokering.

Also during the raid, investigators with the Florida Bureau of Insurance Fraud interviewed two employees who complained that taxes and workers-compensation were not being deducted from their paychecks. Records seized confirmed that Kigar did not have workers’ compensation insurance for his employees.

The arrest is the third for Kigar since Oct. 25, which he was arrested on 5 counts of patient brokering. On Dec. 20, Kigar was arrested again when bryannorquistmugprosecutors filed dozens more patient brokering charges against him.

Of nine other sober home owners and operators accused of brokering their tenants to Whole Life Recovery, one has accepted a plea deal in exchange for probation.

Circuit Judge Krista Marx has scheduled a plea conference in the case of Bryan Norquist, 26, owner of The Halfway House, on March 7. Norquist’s attorney, Bruce Zimet, said there is not plea agreement and Norquist intends to go to trial.

Norquist’s older brother Patrick has also been charged with patient brokering.

 

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