It’s great to practice healthy habits – eat well, exercise and lead a happy lifestyle.  If only it were that easy to achieve balance in those three aspects of life.  For some, happiness doesn’t come from eating well and exercising; rather, it comes from luxurious items, such as cars and designer handbags. According to an eSecurity Planet article, one woman found happiness in fraud, until she found herself facing jail time.

While many doctors put years into studies and practice to gain status, cons put effort into imitation to gain whatever it is they want (status, money, etc).  A con artist/owner of a New York based medical equipment company found herself facing charges for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud and HIPPA identity crimes. (Hey, it’s a tough world out there.  Sometimes you just have to commit fraud to become successful!) During a four year stint, the woman used her power as the CEO of her company to gain access to medical records, to commit fraud – the key ingredient to her life happiness.

It would seem like four years of being a con artist is a long, tedious job; however, reaping  benefits like a  multi-million dollar home, luxury vehicles and designer handbags make the work worth the struggle  (if you’re a fraudster). Pulling strings can be easy when you’re on top; the fraudster used her status as owner of a medical equipment company to gain access to records in nursing homes. Court documents also reveal she had posed as a doctor, nurse practitioner and wound care specialist to gain access to patients’ medical records. (I wonder if she took any acting classes.) She used the stolen records to submit $10 million in false Medicare claims, making sure to submit appeals for denied claims with altered records.  A prosecutor involved in the case stated:  “Through her scheme she violated the privacy of over a thousand patients and stole Medicare funds dedicated to preserving the health of our seniors and other citizens.” (How does a stranger’s well-being stack up against a cute purse?) A judge sentenced the woman to 12 years in prison, as well as requiring her to forfeit $1.3 million procured through the scam.  In addition, the judge ordered officials to continue the search for her business partner, who is now a fugitive at large and is assumed to have fled the country.

I may not be well-versed on the perfect balance of achieving happiness in life, but I don’t think you can find happiness in fraud.  That is, of course, unless you love to sit in jail with nothing to do all day, but sport an unfashionable pair of handcuffs and state provided garments.

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