In December we told you about an extradition request made by United States authorities for Attorney at Law Andrew Bennett. On January 11th, the Foreign Minister Sedi Elrington signed as the authority for the process to start here in Belize, which means that Bennett’s preliminary hearing will go before the Magistrate’s Court who will decided whether or not there are merits to the request.
Now, Foreign Minister Elrington seemed to act pretty swiftly considering that Bennett’s matter came up just days prior. We note that in the case of his younger brother, Dr. Errol Elrington, the law just can’t seem to reach him.
Dr. Elrington is a fugitive of the United States and has been on the run for four years now. U.S. authorities issued an arrest warrant for him in relation to alleged racketeering, Medicaid fraud and health care fraud.
Elrington continues to be featured in the U.S. Office of Inspector General’s list of most wanted. He is the fourth on the list. The accusation is that he employed an unlicensed physician to treat patients at a medical center when he was not there, then billed Medicare and Medicaid as if he himself performed the services.
The unlicensed physician reportedly treated several patients and conducted multiple pelvic exams on a female patient, which resulted in charges of first degree criminal sexual conduct, racketeering, Medicaid fraud, health care fraud, and health profession unauthorized practice. The unlicensed physician is being held prior to trial.
According to reports, Dr. Elrington was interviewed by U.S. Federal Agents while in the U.S. in 2013, but less than 24 hours after he had fled to Belize and has not been seen since.
Belize authorities have seemingly made no effort to track Dr. Elrington if he still is in Belize.