For Immediate Release
December 15, 2010
James T. Boffetti, Senior Assistant Attorney General
New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney and Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny announced today they have secured the closure of the Caitlin Raymond International Registry throughout the State of New Hampshire pending the completion of a joint investigation.
According to Delaney, the Registry, which is affiliated with UMass Memorial Health Care in Worcester, Massachusetts, has been employing suspect marketing and billing practices since commencing operations in mall kiosks seeking possible bone marrow donors.
"Both Caitlin Raymond and UMass Memorial Health Care have agreed to suspend all operations in New Hampshire effective tomorrow morning while our joint investigation is ongoing," Delaney said.
Preliminary investigation results have uncovered that a Boston area modeling agency has been paid between $40,000-$50,000 per week for models to work in dozens of malls and at special events seeking donors. The Registry has also been representing to consumers that the test does not cost anything when in fact they have then been billing insurance companies between $100 and $4,300 per test.
"This conduct is outrageous and both my office and the Department of Insurance intend to vigorously investigate and review their tactics and take appropriate action," Delaney said.
The Attorney General's Office and the New Hampshire Department of Insurance commenced an investigation into the solicitation practices of the Caitlin Raymond International Registry after receiving a complaint and request for investigation by the Mayor of the City of Manchester, Theodore Gatsas. "I want to thank Mayor Gatsas for his vigilance in identifying this scam and bringing it to our attention for investigation," said Delaney.
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