Friday, January 19, 2018

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.

Death Fraud

Dust Bunnies

Bad Things that Happen in Parking Lots

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.”

Departure from the Usual

A Toledo woman who cashed her late boyfriend’s work comp benefits for more than a year after his death must reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation more than $18,000 or serve 10 months in prison.

Homewrecker

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.

Miniscule or Massive?

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.”

FEDERAL FRAUD

Reality Show

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.

Opening the Flood Gates

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.

What Can You Buy with $20 Million?

A registered nurse and home health company owner has been convicted of conspiracy and multiple counts of healthcare fraud in a $20 million dollar scheme to defraud Medicare.

What’s Behind Door #1, #2 and #3?

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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