RHONJ Exclusive: Was Jim Marchese The Whistleblower or The Ring Leader of The Fraud?

Posted on Jun 11 2014 - 2:32pm by Editor

Jim Marchese RHONJ

RHONJ newcomer, Amber Marchese’s husband, Jim Marchesehas made headlines recently for his controversial past. As we previously reported, Jim is the owner of Mortgage Now, a mortgage lending company that was audited by the government, revealing the business had engaged in “questionable” business practices. Jim is also famous for his involvement in a huge a whistle-blower case involving a pharmaceutical company.

[RELATED] Amber & Jim Marchese Accused of Shady Business Practices

Here’s the back story on the whistleblower case. In 2002, Jim was employed by Cell Therapeutics, as a pharmaceutical sales rep. The Seattle, Washington based drug company develops therapies to treat and cure cancer, specifically, blood-related cancers. 

Some time during Jim’s employment with Cell Therapeutics, he became aware that the company was using deceptive marketing tactics to promote a cancer drug and in doing so, defrauded millions out of the Medicare system. As a result, Jim reported his findings to the Food and Drug Administration and became a whistleblower aka a rat.

The feds investigated Marchese’s claims, uncovering layers of corruption within the company. Subsequently, Cell Therapeutics agreed to pay $10.5 million to the government to settle the charges which positioned Jim to collect the standard 25% whistleblower reward or $2.8 million.

Now here is where the story gets Messy!…downright Filthy!

During the feds investigation of Cell Therapeutics’ fraud, the US Justice Department discovered that their “star” whistleblower, Jim Marchese, was the mastermind of the scam (within the company), he accused Cell Therapeutics of. 

The government alleged, Jim Marchese only reported the fraud AFTER 1) being overlooked for a promotion and 2) his firing from CTI.  Jim was fired from CTI in September 2002 for causing the company to write checks that Marchese misrepresented as being for educational programs but CTI uncovered were illegal discounts to purchasers of its pharmaceuticals, i.e. illegal kickbacks.

Supposedly, when Jim did not get an expected promotion, he was livid and sent his Directors an angry letter. In the letter, Jim credits himself for performing the same fraudulent practices he accused his former employer (Cell Therapeutics) of doing.

Below is excerpt of an email Jim sent to his superiors after he was passed over for a promotion. He clearly states the company still fails to meet ANY of the criteria set forth in compendia acceptance,” indicating he was aware the drug was not “approved” and could cause harm to cancer recipients:

Created and implemented a 100% successful compendia submission for MDS, MM, AML, CML. … NOTE: To date the company still fails to meet ANY of the criteria set forth in compendia acceptance [sic] for all of the aforementioned disease states. Without my ability to troubleshoot and find a [sic] alternate route we would not have compendia in any off-label disease for a minimum of 1-3 additional year[s]!!!

After that incident, supposedly, Marchese continued placing lives at risk and it wasn’t until he was FIRED in September 2002 for running an illegal kickback program (within the company) did he report Cell Therapeutics to the Food and Drug Administration in October 2002.

Shortly thereafter, Marchese hired an attorney who threatened to file suit for wrongful termination on the purported grounds that Marchese had been fired for expressing concerns over, “potential health risks from C.T.I.’s aggressive promotion of its drug Trisenox for indications that are not approved by the F.D.A.”

Here’s how Marchese allegedly aided his company in deceiving physicians/purchasers of the drug and Medicare:

The feds charged Marchese found a way to list unapproved uses of a cancer drug sold by Cell Therapeutics in a special Medical Bulletin used by physicians to select medicines to prescribe for various types of cancers. OMG!

Allegedly, Jim then wrote a letter to Medicare centers notifying them that because the uses were listed in the Medical Bulletin, CTI were eligible for reimbursement, when in fact the Food and Drug Administration hadn’t approved the uses, and therefore, they weren’t reimbursable.

After the feds determined Jim Marchese was culpable, they filed charges against him in an attempt to prevent him from receiving the full reward money. By law, whistleblowers such as Marchese are entitled to 25% of a settlement, although a court may reduce the share if it finds that the informer planned and initiated the scheme.

Government lawyers argued that Marchese is not entitled to any of the money because he planned the fraud and was not forthright about his role.

“If someone comes in to be a government informer, they need to be candid,” the government said in their closing argument.

The government’s case was extensive. Among the witnesses the prosecutors presented at trial was one of Marchese’s supervisors at Cell Therapeutics, Paul Cordella.

Cordella testified that in a restroom, Cordella asked Marchese how he managed to get the “unapproved” uses of the cancer drug listed in the bulletin.

According to Cordella, Marchese replied:

“Paul, you really don’t want to know. Cordella added, he was smiling, he was happy, he was looked at as a hero … for getting us in the bulletin.”

Upon receipt of the first batch of copies of the false and misleading Bulletins, Marchese sent an email on November 26, 2001, to his immediate supervisor at CTI, Peter Sportelli, which read:

Peter,

How pretty are those Compendia bulletins!!! By the way – in case you did not notice, I worked another little loop whole [sic]. I figured what the Hell!!! If you notice the ACCC has us listed for EVERY form of Leukemia not just AML, CML and APL. * * * There is a ton of stuff in there I have never even heard of. If a state checks, we will only get our Orphan Drug and USP stuff, but my guess is that about 30-40% of the states will not check. Hey it can’t hurt and man do I like working the system. I figure if 1 state doesn’t check its [sic] a bonus!!
I got a kick out [of] this, I thought you might too. I figured if I told everyone inside they would raise our goal, so I kept it quiet until it came through. Plus I figured it was a good reminder that while I might not call you everyday that doesn’t mean I am not cooking up ways to make us VERY, VERY rich!!! I also think coming out with stuff like this keeps you guessing, hell I can’t let you think you have all my tricks down. I have a couple more I am working on so stay tuned.
Jim [Marchese]

In the end, the judge sternly admonished Marchese’s actions for not reporting the fraud sooner, knowing lives were at risk. Marchese was only awarded 15% ($1.6m) instead of the standard 25% whistle-blower reward. The judge acknowledged Marchese’s hands were not clean in the fraud.

The irony of the situation is, Jim’s wife, Amber was afflicted with breast cancer in her early 30’s. Fortunately for Amber, she received “ethical” meds/treatment and recovered. Contrary to the vulnerable cancer patients who put their trust in her hubby’s former employer.

 

[READ] Complaint – The US Government / Jim Marchese vs Cell Therapeutics WhistleBlower Case

 

[READ] Complaint – The US Government vs. Cell Therapeutics

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  • O—M—G!!!!!!!!! SMFH!

  • Tre’s Felon Forehead

    I’m with Dr Seuss . . OMG is right. So the guy gets $1.6 million for blowing the whistle on a scheme that he was involved in?

    • Hey TFF! Not only was he involved in the fraud, he spearheaded the operation by posting the fraudulent bulletin in the medical journal and creating the press release for Medicare. THEN he also was running a kick back program (as an incentive to drug retailers) to further promote the bad drug.

      • Tre’s Felon Forehead

        Unbelievable that after all that, he was given a reward. And people wonder what’s wrong with our Government?

      • Marsbars09

        What a lowlife POS.

        • Yup! Looks like Amber and Jim just may be the new villains for season 6. I’m sure this will disappoint TreApe, since she luvs luvs luvs the spotlight.

          • Marsbars09

            Tre better be worried about preparing for life in prison. Her D- list days are over.

          • 26 days and counting. I think AATT better get a clock ready for Jim because he’s next!

  • WestCoastFeed

    And Bravo knew all of this and still hired Amber? What goes? Were they trying to find someone who would look worse than Teresa and Juicy?

    • twifan2

      I’m looking for a ‘connection’ now between the Juicy’s indictments & Jim. :/
      Bravo might just be cooking up their own story line?! Wouldn’t put it pass them-rating$.

      • BINGO!!!! And I bet ya a burger & a beer (thanks Twi) that Amber and Jim approached Bravo with the story line.

        • twifan2

          I’ll take a side of fries with that crap that Amber would be a ‘friend’ to Tre. 😀

        • Marsbars09

          I wouldn’t be surprised if the Marcheses’ did just that.
          Bravo will showcase the scummiest people on earth if they know it will increase ratings. SMDH.
          Hi Doc.

          • Hey Marsie. Right on! This story really hits home as I’m sure it does for many people who’ve experienced or have a family member that was affected. This man is pure evil (imo). He just might be worse than Tre & Joe. Damn….that’s pretty low!

    • Hi West. I don’t think anyone can top Teresa but this comes VERY close. Especially since he was the mastermind in promoting an unapproved cancer drug to the public…all for money. That’s pretty low!

      Jim and Amber will fit right in with this cast. Bravo knew exactly what they were doing when the cast them. In the event, Joe and Teresa go to prison….the network has a back up nefarious couple to fill their shoes. SMFH!

      • WestCoastFeed

        And yet a judge awarded him some whistle-blower money. Things are not adding up to me.

        • twifan2

          At least he didn’t get the full whistle blower ‘reward.
          smh

          • True but the scoundrel should not have gotten anything….zero! Who does what he did? I couldn’t eat or sleep at night knowing I was putting lives, especially of cancer patients, at risk. He’s a soul-less pig. Just like the Giudice scum. What if his wife was receiving those unapproved meds, how would he feel? The Food & Drug Admin didn’t approve the drugs for a reason.

        • The judge acknowledged Marchese’s hands were not clean and scrutinized his actions for not reporting the fraud sooner. BUT because his tip lead to bringing down a pharmaceutical giant ($10.5 million paid to the goverment)…his “unethical,” “dangerous” and “criminal” behaviors were the lesser of 2 evils and because of the way the whistle-blower law is written, the judge’s hands were tied.

    • distressed

      I think this is a classic pairing of old school mob-like tactics and new school Wall Street type criminality. It’s like Camembert and Beaujolais.

      Old school: Yeah, F U, wha’ya’gonna’do’bout’it loser. Laughing all the way to the pokey.
      New school: On the advice of my counsel I can’t talk about the case. Then hire a PR firm to rehabilitate your image. Laughing all the way to the bank.

  • realitygur4eva

    I’m absolutely speechless! Their all freakin criminals! Sure they don’t belong to the mob! Damn!! I’m gonna start callin them RHONJ Mobsters!!!

    • Hey girl….same here. They are all greedy, self-indulgent people that LIVE to keep up with the Joneses. Big houses, fancy cars, designer everything, all in an effort to “look” like they’ve made it. Sad.

  • twifan2

    GREAT work Editor!

  • cutie pie

    UNBELIEVABLE! shilling useless cancer fighting drugs onto patients, doctors and medicare..how low can one go.

    • Tre’s Felon Forehead

      AND THEN GET OVER $1 MILLION for blowing the whistle on your own scam.

      • And then accusing the job AFTER he was fired for committing another scam of firing him because he threatened to tell. To me this man is dangerous and no better than the Giudice’s. They all think the same too. Everything in their life is driven by money. A bunch of green eyes monsters with dollar signs for eyeballs.

        • WestCoastFeed

          Doc. the judge ruled that the prosecution failed to prove its case.

          • Correct but based on the emails, press releases and timing. He’s guilty. And the judge said his hands were not clean that’s why his reward was reduced.

          • cutie pie

            thanks for that info WCF

          • It’s stated in the article.

  • Babson_Chick

    What a POS!! And I’m not “getting a kick out of it”. Bravo knows how to pick them.

    • Marsbars09

      I think the FCC needs to find Bravo for promoting such corruption on their network.

      • Babson_Chick

        HI Mars!! Truth!! And Bravo gives this to us as entertainment (shaking my head) I’m calling Law & Order peeps.

        • Marsbars09

          Babs, I meant FCC should “fine” Bravo, not find. It was a typo from my iPhone.

          • Babson_Chick

            Guess ya gotta find them before you fine them!! Cheers!!

          • Hiya Babs! 🙂

          • Babson_Chick

            Hi there – had to shut down computer quick due to bad thunderstorm – now to catch up.

          • Be safe in your neck of the woods.

    • distressed

      They really do don’t they. They have an uncanny ability to take any barrel, separate out the top 99% like a Chemist gunning for a Nobel prize and then sift through the remains for that one pure piece of complete trash.

  • Marsbars09

    Man, these people have A LOT of nerve even wanting to appear on TV knowing the crimes they have committed. Don’t they know by now the truth will eventually catch up with them?
    Geesh….

    • distressed

      This is an essential question. How in hell can any of these persons think their public past will not follow them? And let’s be honest, it’s not like this woman is going on the show just for the show. She wants to get endorsement deals, advocacy gigs, she wants to parlay Bravolebrity into money. And she’s going to get the sympathy of millions of Americans affected by cancer directly or indirectly. This is so shameful.

      Great job, Bravo, keep up the good work.

  • WestCoastFeed

    Here’s an excerpt from the NY Times story on the judge’s decision to award Jim the whistle-blower reward:

    In a ruling after a two-day hearing last month in Seattle, Judge Marsha J. Pechman of Federal District Court found that prosecutors had failed to prove that Mr. Marchese was the initiator of a scheme at his former employer, Cell Therapeutics. In April, the company agreed to pay $10.5 million to settle charges that it had bilked Medicare out of that much money in connection with the sale of a cancer drug, Trisenox.

    • WCF…So you obviously think he’s innocent. The feds did not fail to prove he’s guilty. The proof is in the man’s own words. Did you read his emails? He specifically prides himself on getting the drug listed on the bulletin despite the drug not being approved. How is he a good man for willingly promoting a drug not approved by the FDA? He PRIDES himself on his ability to get the “bad” drug listed in the bulletin. Are you still going to stand behind the judge said “he’s innocent?” He never went to trial for his crimonal actions. The government only tried to stop him from collecting the reward. SMH!!!!!

      • WestCoastFeed

        In a court of law the judge stated that the prosecutors failed to prove their case. Therefore he is not guilty. Sorry. That’s the way the law works.

        • Yes—And so is OJ…Casey Anthony…and Robert Blake…they are all innocent because the court said so.

          • Birdie11

            Technicality only…not truth!! Why would the whistle blower fee be reduced if he was innocent?

          • VERY Good question.

          • WestCoastFeed

            From what the judge said in the NY Times statement, it looks like she reduced it because he did not whistle blow in a timely manner.

          • So basically in your eyes you’re dismissing all the proof like the emails, press releases bulletins (he created)…and the timing of his firing from CTI to the timing of his reporting as what exactly? Just curious?

          • WestCoastFeed

            The court spoke and we have to accept what the court ruled. The judge was not satisfied that the prosecutor’s position was proved. I’ll take the judge’s position over my own opinion in this case.

          • So your answer is yes…you’re dismissing all the proof ….emails, press releases bulletins (he created)…and the timing of his firing from CTI to the timing of his reporting.

            The court doesn’t speak for me in this case. Sorry but I can’t dismiss the overwhelming abundance of this man’s guilt because a court rules he’s “not guilty.”

          • Birdie11

            The glee in that email is chilling…was that email not even considered in the case?

          • The email is his total admission of guilt. Yes, the government presented his emails in the case to block his reward. but according to the judge they did not “prove” their case. That just shows you how unscrupulous the system can be.

          • WestCoastFeed

            We weren’t in the court room. We didn’t hear the case. The judge was there, she heard the case; she knows the law. And she ruled.

          • That’s assuming the judge wasn’t drunk, high or suffering from a brain injury…which is all very likely.

          • ✿❀❁ Tigerlily ✿❀❁

            Cheech & Chong comes to mind! LOL!
            Pffffffttttttttttttt! That’s fackin’ Vodka!

          • Cheech & Chong!! *cough*

          • Birdie11

            Or in someone’s pocket.

          • That too.

          • WestCoastFeed

            The judge was not convinced. Look, I think the guy is a rat. But he is not a criminal.

            OJ Simpson murdered his wife, but he was not a criminal and was not guilty of murdering his wife.

          • you got mail! 🙂

          • Birdie11

            Something tells me if his hands were clean, he would have been speedier.

          • Not to mention, he admitted in his emails (posted in the article) that he was apart of the scam. His emails are a total admission of guilt. His colleagues and supervisors all wanted to know how “he’ got the drug listed in the bulletin. Getting a drug listed in that bulletin validates to physicians a drug is approved by the FDA and safe for public consumption.

          • Birdie11

            How was that email dismissed?? It says it all.

          • You and me both are scratching our heads on that one.

          • WestCoastFeed

            They are not innocent. What they are is “not guilty.” There is a difference.

          • So is Jim innocent or not guilty….

          • WestCoastFeed

            He is not guilty of being the instigator of the fraud.

          • Do you think he’s innocent?

          • WestCoastFeed

            I think he is a scumbag who is not guilty of instigating the medicare fraud.

          • Semantics but I follow! 🙂

  • Birdie11

    I wonder how his wife even looks at him…or he at her.

    • From the previews, she looks like all she cares about is material wealth. She was doing a lot of flaunting of it for the cameras. She does Teresa’s mannequin pose in pics as well. Ugh!

      • Birdie11

        Sure..but as a breast cancer survivor…how can she come to grips with the fact that the father of her children could have lowered someone else’s chance for the same grasp at life? I don’t get it….

        • Marsbars09

          Hi birdie! Great point!

          • Birdie11

            Hi Marsie. 🙂

        • Good point, Birdie but I doubt she looks at the situation from an emotional and compassionate place. I highly doubt it. But karma is a bitch!!!!!

          • Birdie11

            I would believe that too if it not for being a survivor herself…it just seems completely against nature for her to be cool with other women going thru the same struggle getting crapped on. But maybe there are women like that.

          • They sure so exist and it’s a tragic (mental) state to be in.

  • JustLetrice

    Wow! Only in America can you scam people and then get paid for it!

    • Marsbars09

      And most importantly, get away with it!

    • Hi Letrice! Thank you!!! This is tragic all around. And I want to know how many people took this drug and suffered adverse affects. This is so sad.

    • SAMRA1116

      I’m in the process of signing up now… LOL

  • WestCoastFeed

    More from the NY Times article:

    Mr. Marchese’s case, which was described in an October article in The New York Times, drew attention because prosecutors had rarely argued that a whistle-blower should be denied any portion of the funds recovered from a lawsuit he or she initiated.

    “To do so, prosecutors must show that a whistle-blower was the planner or initiator of the scheme involved; otherwise he or she is legally entitled to receive 15 to 25 percent of any funds recovered by the government. The precise figure is determined by a whistle-blower’s contribution to the case.”

    In other words, he provided the information against the company, but because the prosecution could not prove that he was the initiator or instigator of the fraud, he is entitled to the reward.

    • I disagree. Because a judge says the prosecution did not prove their case does not mean he’s innocent. The prosecution had an abundance of evidence to prove otherwise.

      Question for you…..how do you explain Jim’s admission of guilt in his emails?

    • Email from Jim to his supervisor……

      Peter,

      How pretty are those Compendia bulletins!!! By the way – in case you did not notice, I worked another little loop whole [sic]. I figured what the Hell!!! If you notice the ACCC has us listed for EVERY form of Leukemia not just AML, CML and APL. * * * There is a ton of stuff in there I have never even heard of. If a state checks, we will only get our Orphan Drug and USP stuff, but my guess is that about 30-40% of the states will not check. Hey it can’t hurt and man do I like working the system. I figure if 1 state doesn’t check its [sic] a bonus!!

      I got a kick out [of] this, I thought you might too. I figured if I told everyone inside they would raise our goal, so I kept it quiet until it came through. Plus I figured it was a good reminder that while I might not call you everyday that doesn’t mean I am not cooking up ways to make us VERY, VERY rich!!! I also think coming out with stuff like this keeps you guessing, hell I can’t let you think you have all my tricks down. I have a couple more I am working on so stay tuned.

      Jim [Marchese]”

      • WestCoastFeed

        The bulletins were published incorrectly listing CTI’s drug as a treatment for several forms of leukemia. Here Jim is celebrating that and seeing it as a windfall for his company. He even goes so far as to hint that he had something to do with the error in the bulletin.

        This is not what an honorable man would do. An honorable man would take pains to inform the bulletin company of its error. Not rejoice in the money-making prospects for his company. However this is not proof that he instigated the fraud.

        • Jim was the one getting CTI’s unapproved drugs listed in the the bulletins:

          ———————————————————————————————–

          The government’s case was extensive. Among the witnesses the government they presented at trial was one of Marchese’s supervisors at Cell Therapeutics, Paul Cordella.

          Cordella testified that in a restroom, Cordella asked Marchese how he managed to get the “unapproved” uses of the cancer drug listed in the bulletin.

          According to Cordella, Marchese replied:

          “Paul, you really don’t want to know. Cordella added, he was smiling, he was happy, he was looked at as a hero … for getting us in the bulletin.”

          • WestCoastFeed

            That is not proof. That is an assumption on Cordella’s part. No wonder the judge ruled against the prosecution.

          • Cordelia’s statement is not an assumption, it’s his sworn testimony that was presented as evidence in support of the feds case. Sworn testimony is used all the time to convict defendants. The judge ignored sworn testimony, emails (containing admission of guilt), press releases, etc. I’m starting to believe the judge was paid off or not working with a full deck. Judges have made incorrect rulings on numerous cases and that appears to be the case here. I’m not buying he’s “not a criminal” or “not guilty” because the judge said so. The evidence presented contradicts the judge’s rulings. JMO.

          • WestCoastFeed

            We simply disagree on the legal matters here. I don’t like the guy, either.

          • Nooooo!!…..posters here never disagree, especially not in a respectful and intelligent manner. Thanks West! LOL! 🙂

    • distressed

      Okay, so let me get this straight. He blows the whistle on the company, but because the company doesn’t blow the whistle on his own malfeasance he gets the cash money. Right? Because essentially the company would have had to provide the government with proof that his own scheme was worse still.

      Ain’t life grand. Sounds like he had a good lawyer. Let me take a wild stab at his one: Satan, Lucifer and Beelzebub LLP?

      • Succinct and concise! *clapping*

    • Just for clarification, West.

      Jim Marchese was NOT found “Not Guilty” of the above charges by any judge. What the judge ruled is the prosecution did have enough evidence to withhold his entire reward money. He did not get the entire bag. His reward was reduced significantly because as the judge stated, his hands were not clean in the fraud. Meaning he’s not entirely “NOT GUILTY.”

  • Vince Foster, Jr.

    Doesn’t Bravo vet anyone???? Are the Walkies the only ones with clean hands?

    • Hey Vince….Of course they do and Bravo gladly welcomed this family on board the Bravo criminal train. Jim’s nefarious past met all of Bravo’s criteria of employment. Case in point Marlo “Check my charges” Hampton. LOL!

    • WestCoastFeed

      Vince, I am wondering if they deliberately chose them in order to have someone who looks as bad or worse then the Giudices.

      • Something tells me there’s a connection.

        • Birdie11

          Scumbags wanting fame is Bravo’s formula.

          • And Bravo doesn’t even have to go looking for these folks…they knock down Bravo’s door.

          • SAMRA1116

            They sure do—–they think it’s easy, but no amount of money would make me do that.

    • Babson_Chick

      Hard to say about the Walkies – I heard she doesn’t wash her hands before baking!! Just kidding!!

      • LMAO! You made me chuckle.

        • Babson_Chick

          Tks – that’s a good thing.

      • ✿❀❁ Tigerlily ✿❀❁

        Oh Babs! Ha-ha-ha! Good one! FOTFLOL!

        • Babson_Chick

          Tks. sweetie!!

  • ✿❀❁ Tigerlily ✿❀❁

    OMG! What sewer did these people crawl out of? Where do they find these crooks? Does anybody know people like this in real life? I sure as hell don’t & I don’t live in some small bumpkin town & I sure as shit don’t live a sheltered life! Oh FFS! Despicable creatures!

    • Ahahaha…I love your new avi…what does it mean? I can’t see it well.

      This just make you question every pill you take because a dr says so. Always do your own research and then like this case you’re mislead royally.

      • ✿❀❁ Tigerlily ✿❀❁

        It’s a flying monkey. Cause I’m so cheeky! LOL!
        See if the pic below came out better.

        I always question any meds or treatments I get. Most Doctors don’t like me cause I’m a pain in the butt! But I question everything. After all they are human & they make mistakes. Chit happens & if you don’t protect yourself who will? Ya know.

        • Birdie11

          Good…we need to be proactive when it comes to our health.

        • WestCoastFeed

          I have a relative who worked in a doctor’s office many years ago. That doctor refused to prescribe any medicine that had not been on the market for at least 10 years. He had zero trust in the pharmaceutical industry.

          • ✿❀❁ Tigerlily ✿❀❁

            Smart Doc!

          • Babson_Chick

            smart doctor!!

        • Exactly my point. And even the approved drugs are all screwed up. Every 5 minutes there’s a commercial of class action law suit because of a drug side effect. I joke sometimes…..if you took “xyz” drug and have a penis growing from your forehead call the lawyers of Schmuck & Schmuck.

          • Babson_Chick

            everything is about the $$$’s

          • So sad how many of these pharmaceutical companies operate.

          • Babson_Chick

            Yes – where millions and billions disappear

          • ✿❀❁ Tigerlily ✿❀❁

            LOL! So true. Love all the side affects they list too. May cause death, Ehhh. No Biggie!

          • Hahaha! It’s crazy. You’re better off in some cases not taking the drug at all and look for homeopathic remedies.

          • Babson_Chick

            Exactly – the possible side effects sound worse than the illness. The commercial that does crack me up – if your erection lasts longer than 4 hrs. call your doctor and I want to say “call me”. (sorry couldn’t resist)

          • distressed

            That’s the biggest selling point for the boner pills. It’s a life threatening condition, apparently, but 99.9% of men hear that and think: sign me up. Even if they don’t actually have ED, a 4 hour boner might be the best way to spend a holiday weekend in Vegas.

          • Babson_Chick

            Lol – best way to spend holiday in Vegas!! (boner pills – love it)

          • Harleygirl0685

            Lmfao!!!!!! OMG I’m dying! My daughters friend worked at a place where they were doing trials of drugs for that and he would tell us the poor men would be dying cause it wouldn’t go down and he had to give them a shot right in the penis to make it non erect!!! My husbands face was priceless in that convo !!!!! What a great comment to wake up to Babs! It’s gonna be a good day now!

          • Babson_Chick

            Thanks – glad I could start your day off with a smile. My Ex BF couldn’t even with pills – note the Ex!! (sorry but life is short – moving on) Cheers!!

          • Harleygirl0685

            OMG your on a roll today! Thank you!

          • Babson_Chick

            You’re so welcome!!

          • Bwahahaha!!!! Girl….Oh no you didn’t!!!!!!!

          • Babson_Chick

            Yep!! I went there. :-0

          • Harleygirl0685

            How about the depression meds that say weight gain and suicidal thoughts!!!! There’s a drug I would take !!! WTF! I know that’s not funny but it is in a weird way!

          • Babson_Chick

            Those possible side effects scare me. Yes it’s funny in a weird way!!

    • Birdie11

      NO!! People like these are completely foreign to me!!

      • ✿❀❁ Tigerlily ✿❀❁

        Thanks Birdie. I thought maybe I was in the minority. They seem to be so prevalent in NJ. Geez-Louise!

        • Vince Foster, Jr.

          Hey wait, some of us in NJ are honorable people!

          • ✿❀❁ Tigerlily ✿❀❁

            Oh Sorry Vince! You are def excluded from that group! You are da’ man Vince! Da’ Man!

          • Leopard Man is from NJ also. LOL!

          • ✿❀❁ Tigerlily ✿❀❁

            He was imported with the Giudice clan.

          • Brought in with the circus animals…I kid…I kid. LOL!

          • Harleygirl0685

            I really think that’s why Bravo went with the circus theme! They know that most of the people they employ are clowns!!!!

          • They tearing you Jersey residents to threads on Twitter.

      • Thank God for that!

        • Harleygirl0685

          Amen sister…lol I have no idea where that came from! LOL

          • LOL—-hey sis! You having a good day?

          • Harleygirl0685

            Hi Doc, I am! I was sitting on the deck and look who came out of the woods to say hi! It’s a baby deer if the pic doesn’t post so little and cute with its white spots! How is your day so far?

          • It posted…refresh your browser.

          • Harleygirl0685

            Lol, I’m clearly technically impaired!

          • Babson_Chick

            Love it – thanks for sharing.

          • Harleygirl0685

            My pleasure!

          • Harleygirl0685

            Why won’t the pic post? Damn this phone! I have no business having an I phone, way out of my league LOL I think il dust off the old phone that was as big as my head in a bag that plugs into the lighter in my car

          • Bambi!!!…this is soooo sweet..thanks for sharing! 🙂

          • Harleygirl0685

            It’s like Mutual of Omaha back here, love it !!!!!!’ The only thing I have a beef with is the damn raccoon ! That little shithead sits on top of my trash can and just flips me the bird! He’s lucky he’s cute!

          • I love it! Nothing worse than raccoons. The scare the mess out of me with their beady eyes.

          • Harleygirl0685

            Monday night my son had to go to a call for a raccoon in a tree with a plastic bottle stuck on his nose! LOL! I hear him on the scanner saying can someone get animal control out here!!!! Oh yeah, by the way I’m the pysco mom that listens to the scanner while her son is at work

          • LOLOL! He must have gotten a kick out of that call. And said to himself, I’m not goin nowhere near that thing!! Listening to the police scanner can be fun.

          • Harleygirl0685

            Pretty much exactly what he said!!! The scanner is interesting and I’m pretty sure it’s the reason God invented Xanax

          • Starside

            Nothing psycho about listening and wanting to make sure your son is safe. 🙂

          • Harleygirl0685

            Thank you! That’s what I say but my family on the other hand laughs at me and says what are you gonna do, get in the car and say Mommy’s here all is good!!! LOL! As much as I love summer it sure brings all the crazy people out!

          • Starside

            I think you have to be the spouse or parent of a cop to truly understand. My husband is an officer , although he’s a detective now , but you can bet when he was on patrol if I had a scanner, I’d surely be listening. You are so right about the crazies….they sure seem to be weather related…lol.

          • Harleygirl0685

            You really do understand!!!!! My son did his internship with the CID, he learned so much from each and every one of those Detectivesin in every department! When he found out about the app on my phone he was quite shocked at how many sectors it picked up, I know more than him LOL! It is def a brother-/sister hood like I have never seen before! Watching your kid leave for work in a BP best is hard but I couldn’t be prouder!!!

          • Starside

            I certainly do understand and the worrying never gets easier does it. We got married 2 months after 9/11 and he’s a city cop. He had to report to work that day shortly after the planes hit the towers. Talk about worry! He worked 12 hours a day, 7 days a week at that time and I always prayed for his safe return. I still do. I’m very proud of him as well. Cops like your son and my husband have to deal with so much grief and stress on the job, I cannot have anything but admiration for all the men and women like them on the job. May your son always stay safe.
            And your son should know by now, mothers will ALWAYS find a way to make sure their children are safe, no matter how old they are…lol.

          • Harleygirl0685

            Thank you for sharing that with me! I can’t for one minute imagine how scary that must of of been. I pretty much figured the worrying will never stop, I think as a parent, you worry from day one naturally ! This is just a different worry! I try not to ask questions but love when he comes in like this morn and says what a fkd up night tells the story and then goes and you’ll never believe who got arrested again ! He’s young, smart and has a lot to learn! He treats everyone with respect until they give him a reason not to, which happens ! It is stressful and I guess that’s why cops surround themselves with other cops when they are off duty, they def speak a language of their own! The day he was sworn in I gave him a St Michael pennant necklace and a little cop guardian angel pin that his girlfriends gmom had blessed for me! He has never taken either off! Thanks again and this is a great blog stop by more often!

          • Starside

            I don’t ask too many questions either. I always ask him how his day went, and sometimes he shares stories. I suspect there are some they will never talk about, but that’s ok with me because I think if I knew, I would never let him leave the house! Your son sounds like a wonderful young man. My husband is the same way with treating people with respect. It’s hard because there are people out there who treat cops with such disrespect just because of a few bad apples. Most cops are so hardworking and dedicated to helping others. That was a very nice gift you gave your son. My husband has one of those pennants too.
            And thank you for being so nice and easy to talk to. It’s great having someone to talk to who understands. And this is a great blog :). Very nice people here for sure!

          • Harleygirl0685

            Thank you! It def is nice to have someone else that feels the same as me! Hope your having a great week!

          • Hi Starside!

            You’ve been missed. Nice to see you again. Have a great day! 🙂

          • Starside

            Hi Doc! How have you been doing? I’ve missed being here as well. Everyone is so nice, and this blog is so well written. It’s very refreshing. I hope you have a great day as well :).

          • Babson_Chick

            Hi Doc!! I found a baby raccoon (eyes still closed) on a golf course and I took it home and raised it – cute & fun pet until it grows up. I learned a valuable lesson – leave wild animals alone or take to wild animal experts. I used to take him for a walk on a lease and when I moved, gave him to a person to watch. He got loose and ran into the woods which is good. However he didn’t know what he was as all he had seen were cats and dogs. At least he had his shots.

          • Harleygirl0685

            You did what? LOL I assume you claim temporary insanity ? If I saw you walking down the street with a raccoon on as leash, the men in the white coats would def be greeting you when you got home

          • Babson_Chick

            No temp insanity here!! I trained him to walk with a leash – no prob until I went into grocery store and he grabbed a jar of cheeries and broke it – never took him back there. lol.

          • Harleygirl0685

            You just keep me laughing from the minute I woke up and read that first post! Too friggin funny! You took a raccoon to a grocery store !!!!!! That’s insane ….LOL

          • Babson_Chick

            When I lived in Tampa no less – on Davis Island which was rather laid back – back in the day. Everyone loved my little Ricky.

          • Harleygirl0685

            Well at least you didn’t name him Rocky! So you get points for that! I didn’t know that had raccoons in Fla! I know they have alligators that probably love raccoons

          • Babson_Chick

            We have all kinds of critters in FL, deer, bears, armadillas, possums, otters, etc. Hope you have a great time – later gator!!

          • Harleygirl0685

            LMAO…..

          • Harleygirl0685

            FML!!!!! Ok so now it posted twice!!! LOL!

          • LOLOL—-Bambi can do no harm….so sweet!

    • distressed

      Agree, truly despicable. The concluding paragraph of this serious piece of investigative journalism is magnificent. Simple as that. Of course, based on the preview, it was God and not the doctors or the life saving medicine that cured Amber.

    • Harleygirl0685

      Hi Tiger, after I picked my chin up off the floor I was trying to find words and couldn’t ! You pretty much took the words out of my mouth! Have a great day!!!

  • Vince Foster, Jr.

    They are going to have a spin off of RHONJ. Teresa is going to be Eric Cantor’s campaign manager as he tries to get elected as an independent.

    • WestCoastFeed

      She’ll need the judge’s permission to go to Virginia.

    • WestCoastFeed

      Will she be selling Fabellini at all his campaign rallies?

  • Bonita Gee

    Whether he was the Whistle-blower or not it’s COUNT DOWN time for Teresa, Joe, and Apollo Nida sentencing date July 18th ……… sheese… gonna be a hot news day for Celebrity Gossip!
    Just looking at those legal documents make me glad I’m not a lawyer!!

  • distressed

    This is the best thing I’ve read on a very serious subject regarding the RH in a long, long time. Thank you.

    You concluding paragraph is utterly devastating. Thank you, and I hope you get much love and linkage. It’s well deserved.

    Keep up the great work, guys, nothing could be more important. I know it’s just a silly show, but why Bravo continues to cast these shady and despicable people has got to be addressed at some point. This type of “reporting” and not blogging is essential.

    • All About The Tea

      Thank you for your kind words and support. This means a lot in an industry where many are quick to tear you down. Thank you again.

      • distressed

        I’m bookmarking this in advance of the show starting which I’m not even planning to watch so I can pull it out and post it in recaps threads. It’s important.

    • Harleygirl0685

      I so agree with you! I’m still trying to figure out why anyone in their right mind after seeing the horrible aftermath that Reality TV brings would want to drag their family and friends and themselves for that matter into that disaterous world, especially when you already have a huge black mark against you! I will never ever understand it! Do these two have children? Cause if they do, that bothers me even more!
      With that said, I love this site, the bloggers and poters are defiantly a breath of fresh air!

  • She Stinks!

    Are there any NJ housewives that are not connected to some sort of criminal activity, past or present? BravoTV couldn’t find law abiding citizens for their show? I know they are out there!

  • WestCoastFeed

    Melissa and Dina have both tweeted that the premiere party plans are underway. All the cast members will be there together. That’s a nice change after the past where the cast were so divided by the family feud that there were two parties.

    • I wonder if Bravo will give a brief explanation of the departure of Caro and Jax in the 1st episode.

      • WestCoastFeed

        Wasn’t Caroline’s finale a kind of farewell? I don’t remember what they did with Jac. But I am sure there will be marathons beginning pretty soon.

        • Caroline had a finale?

          • WestCoastFeed

            No, her final scenes where a kind of finale. Back in her home. focussing on family memories and Lauren’s future wedding. It felt like a farewell to me.

          • I see your point. It was the networks gentle segue.

          • Thelma2

            Caroline is getting her own spinoff show.. Manzo’d with children.

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  • Ara Marliala

    So what? He wasn’t found guilty of any crimes. Theresa and Joe were. Get over yourself! Why the witch-hunt against Jim and Amber but love for actual criminals Theresa & Joe?

    • Chile please! There’s no witch hunt here. The site is just reporting facts with actual court docs to back it up. And there is NO love for the felon midgets, Joe & Teresa, here so give it a rest.

    • I knew he was scum

      He exposed it, but he was a big part of it too. He must have asked for immunity in exchange for his testimony. Read it again, he played the system and got unapproved medication into the system, under the guise that it was approved, he was banking on the hope the states would not check. So he played the system and doctors were using cancer medication that was NOT approved to treat a multitude of deadly cancers. The judge said his hands were dirty, but he must have gotten immunity in exchange for his testimony, which was needed to prove the case. He actually got over a million dollars for exposing the fraud that he was the ring leader of. His testimony was worth more than throwing him in jail because it was needed to nail the pharmaceutical company. It was the lessor of two evils, like when the feds use a “rat” in the mob who murdered in order to get a guy higher up who calls the shots, like the mob boss. It happens all the time. The guy is scum.

    • dj j

      did you read the article? Did you read his email to his boss? He is totally guilty. And worse yet, the ONLY reason he turned them in was because he was fired. What a piece of crap

    • NOLAWOMAN

      You are obviously a friend or a relative. You might even be Amber or Jim. We all know that you’re both all about a fake name, account, & especially personality. Like the Guidice’s, you’re pure WHITE TRASH!

  • Diane Atchley Phelps

    As a blood cancer patient, I find Jim Marchese despicable! He is the scum of the earth. The Guidices look like angels compared to him.

    • I’m so sorry Diane. Are you in remission, hon?

    • dj j

      I wish the best for you Diane. There is nothing more despicable than someone taking advantage of sick people to make $. His email shows him to have no moral character whatsover, and just sick greed. And a rat to boot

  • Zoe D.

    Wowza! Good Tea indeed! I already dislike the man…and now I despise him! He was guilty of fraud…yet acts like he’s so perfect and clean. Clean my ass…he’s scum off my shoes.

  • dj j

    seeing how he loves to think up scams to make himself rich..More than likely he got into the morgage business because all the loopholes have not been closed. Republicans fought Dodd Frank bill and watered it down, so banks can continue to gamble with our money and still parcel out mortgages and resell them. He came across like he was so much better than Juicy Joe, but in reality, he is way worse. It is horrible he even got a penny from being a rat.

  • GinaXOXO

    25% is not the standard. According to the DOJ the average is 17% for whisleblowers. Jim got 15%. The gov’t lawyers were trying to argue that Jim should not get a red cent and the judge did not rule in their favor.

    What Jim did wasn’t scandalist. Physicians often prescribe drugs for uses that haven’t been approved for by the FDA. 50-75% of chemo drugs are “off-label”. Because of that off-label coverage has become important when the FDA hasn’t approved the drug. Medicare will look at the journals to determine if it will be covered. A compendium is a summary of characteristics for each drug.

    All Jim did was get this drug listed in a journal listing all of it characteristics. It was up to the physicians and medicare whether, or not, this drug would work to cure cancer. Jim didn’t lie about the drugs characteristics. From what I have read Jim believed the drug could work for other types of cancer.

    So, the letter where Jim bragged about what he had accomplished wasn’t as bad as many make it sound. He got the drug and it characteristics listed . . . and medicare may cover. When medicare covers it they will make money–that is what drug companies do–make $$$.

  • GinaXOXO

    Another thing that I find interesting is that CTI kept selling the drug after the email from Jim. This blog implies Jim knew he was doing something wrong because of that email–shouldn’t the company have known that too from the email?? That is IF indeed the company were innocent and Jim were the one who was the mastermind. CTI sold this drug for 5 years after Jim was fired. After Jim was no longer with CTI sales went from 6 million to 36 million. Additionally, from the time the drug was in the journal to the time Jim blew the whistle NO ONE but Jim reported the company to the FDA.

  • K Coffey

    I think we see a pattern here with Jim MarCrazy. He is the scam artist and whistle blower in pharmaceutical case. He wants to be perceived as the saint SAVING peoples lives. Jim also had his mortgage lending license revoked state of Washington for 20 years. Now he is in the mortgage business in NJ and suddenly he prosecutes mortgage fraud more specifically he states Teresa and Joes case. This is such a bunch of BS. James L Marchese is not a licensed attorney. IMO all he does is sit on twitter preaching or whistle blowing about reality TV. He is constantly PREACHING what we saw on TV is not real because he has the behind the scene TRUTH this coming from a vey unethical man that is involved in so many law suits that are public record PLEASE make this man and his phony wife go away.

  • Gogetyour Blessing’s

    Amber said on the show that she went through something similar!!!!!

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  • NOLAWOMAN

    Gave up on the show after 2nd season. Why glorify WHITE TRASH???!