Monday, November 20, 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

Seems Like Forever

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.

Sticky Fingers

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Elmont woman to serve up to 3 years for welfare fraud, AG says” posted on NewsDay.com. An Elmont woman will serve up to 3 years in prison for her role in what prosecutors said was a scheme that allowed her to receive welfare benefits for which she wasn’t eligible.

FEDERAL FRAUD

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.

In the Grand Scheme of Things

The self-proclaimed “Grand Sheik” of a Moorish temple in Chicago was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Friday for defrauding the IRS out of $3.2 million.

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