Thursday, November 18, 2010 – 10:30 a.m.

The plot thickens in the investigation by the U.S. department of Justice into alleged wrongdoing at San Bernardino County-owned and operated Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC).

It seems ARMC employees maintained files folders on various current and former county officials. Some folders were labeled with the officials name and the words “Do Not Bill”.

Also, InlandPolitics.com has learned hospital providers were being pressured to perform procedures on officials, without proper registration and charting. A major liability for the county, not to mention the physicians involved.

The big question here is why would officials, who have some of the best health insurance plans available, resort to such conduct?

Several county officials are reported to have health plans, with annual premiums costing taxpayers upwards of $30,000 annually, but yet need “V.I.P. Treatment” and free health care.