FRAUD OF THE WEEK – Last 5 Days
FRAUD BY TYPE
- Medicaid Fraud
- Business Tax Fraud
- Child Care Fraud
- Federal Fraud
- Food Stamp/SNAP Fraud
- Healthcare Fraud
- Homestead Exemption Fraud
- Housing and Disaster Fraud
- Identity Theft/Fraud
- Immigration Fraud
- Medicare Fraud
- Multiple Fraud and Other Offenses
- Social Security and Income Fraud
- Student Loan Fraud
- Tax Fraud
- Tax Refund Fraud
- Unemployment Insurance Fraud
- Workers Comp and Disabilities Fraud
According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, so far there have been 1,120 data breaches in 2017 alone, compromising more than 171 million records. These records include names, birth dates, Social Security numbers (SSN), addresses, phone numbers and more – all the components needed to use a stolen identity to commit fraud. These records – and the corresponding identities – are now on sale all over the dark web. According to the 2017 LexisNexis Fraud Mitigation Study, criminals who commit fraud in one industry are likely to commit fraud in other industries, as well.
FRAUD BY STATE
- New York
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Christine Hicks Thomas, 62, of Murfreesboro, faces up to five years in prison as well as $25,000 in fines and three years of supervised release. As part of her plea agreement, she has agreed “to surrender her nursing license, to surrender any interest she has in companies that bill the government for health care services, and to be permanently excluded from Medicare and Medicaid programs.”
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Tony Rackauckas announced a shutdown of a $40 million fraudulent medical billing and kickback operation with the filing of charges against more than two dozen doctors, pharmacists and business owners.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Little Rock woman for theft. Jene Wyatt pleaded guilty in Pulaski County District Court and has paid $1,438.56 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund. Wyatt will pay the same amount in fines to the General Fund of the State of Arkansas. “Jene Wyatt took advantage of an important safety net for vulnerable Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Investigators and attorneys at the Attorney General’s office continue to work diligently to stop this type of fraud.”
Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Employees’ tax dollars spent on reality show dream, personal expenses for company owners.” Two brothers from St. Paul, accused of using public healthcare money to furnish their lavish lifestyles, pleaded guilty to fraud and tax charges after reaching plea agreements with federal prosecutors.
Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a Department of Justice press release entitled, “Baton Rouge Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of Disaster Assistance Funds." Joe W. Jones, 65, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to theft of $13,807 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds in relation to the 2016 Baton Rouge flooding.
Myrna S. Parcon, a/k/a “Merna Parcon,” 62, of Dallas and Ransome N. Etindi, 57, of Waxahachie, Texas, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle for their role in a nearly $60 million Medicare fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.
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