Wednesday, November 22, 2017

FRAUD OF THE WEEK – Last 5 Days

Government: Silo your data at your own risk

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.

Dust Bunnies

One for the History Books

The Honeymoon’s Over

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of an Izard County woman for marrying a patient she was caring for, which would make her ineligible to be paid by the Medicaid program, and continuing to provide care.

Costly Cure

A former clinical pharmacy manager from Jonesborough was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison for healthcare fraud, which resulted in at least a $4.4 million loss to TennCare.

Trust, But Verify

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a press release entitled, “Salinas woman guilty of welfare fraud,” published by The Californian. A Salinas woman defrauded $3,811 from the Monterey County Department of Social Services by using personal documents of a neighbor who was deported.

Blinded by Fraud

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “‘Blind’ man who drives, directs traffic, guilty of theft from workers’ comp agency’,” published by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. A Toledo-area man who claimed he was too visually impaired to work must pay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation nearly $15,000 in restitution after investigators found him driving, parking cars and directing traffic at a parking facility he owns in downtown Toledo.

FEDERAL FRAUD

Not So Quick and Easy

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Store owner sentenced to 15 months in prison for food stamp fraud” posted on BizTimes.com. One of three Milwaukee residents charged in a $1.2 million food stamp fraud scheme has been sentenced to 15 months in prison, according to federal court records.

Reversal of Fortune

Some nine million members and veterans of the nation’s military services receive medical coverage from a U.S. government program called TRICARE. It’s a system built on trust — making it an easy mark for seasoned South Florida pharmacist Serge Francois, prosecutors say. Francois, 51, stood trial over the past month on charges of fleecing tens of millions from the taxpayer-funded military program to buy the former Broward County mansion of Hollywood megastar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Family Farm Fraud

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “3 Bacon County farmers to pay federal crop insurance program $675,000 in false claims settlement” published by The Florida Times-Union.

Johnny-on-the-spot

Dr. John H. Johnson, an Altoona anesthesiologist, entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to defraud Medicare and Medicaid and failure to remit payroll taxes for employees of his doctor’s office and a local car wash business, Johnny On The Spot.

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