Tuesday, May 22, 2018

It Can Happen Anywhere

Identities used in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF) crimes can be stolen from anywhere – hospitals, nursing homes, or even public death lists. An enterprising woman from Antioch, Tennessee committed SIRF and aggravated identity theft by using the personal information of incarcerated individuals under...

Dirty Dozen

The purpose of a medical research study is to use human participants to add to the body of medical knowledge. (Medical research studies are used to test the efficacy and safety of new interventions and often lead to medical breakthroughs and even cures.) Today,...

A Perfect Storm

In August 2016, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana and nearby parishes received more than 20 inches of rain over three days. The National Weather Service estimates that 13 people died and 50,000 to 75,000 structures were flooded because of the extreme weather. Today’s fraudster, an...

Ironic

When mentally ill individuals commit a crime, it’s often difficult to decide on the appropriate punishment, whether that includes treatment in a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or incarceration. Today’s fraudster, a man who worked on behalf of hundreds of mentally ill defendants to lobby...

The Placebo Effect

Topical anti-inflammatory creams are one of the best ways to safely reduce inflammation and pain in muscles and joints. (That’s assuming the anti-inflammation drug is actually included in the cream.) A Fayetteville, North Carolina pharmacist committed healthcare fraud by billing both Medicare and Medicaid...

Bad Acting

Good actors can make you believe they are actually experiencing what their character is going through. They also have the ability to surprise their audience. A couple from Montgomery, Alabama starred in a government-funded Social Security fraud scheme, but did not bring home an...

Waiting by the Mailbox

The old school method for receiving tax refunds used to involve waiting patiently for the mailman to drop it off in the mailbox. Today, the most efficient and safe way to receive a tax refund is via a direct deposit into your bank account....

Flirting with Fraud

The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to disabled or blind adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI also provides monthly benefits for individuals 65-years-old and older who are not disabled, but meet the financial limits. A...

Playing with Dynamite

TNT, another word for dynamite, is a chemical compound used mainly for demolition purposes and mining. A Danville, Virginia man, who named one of his two tax businesses using the same three letters, committed tax refund fraud which ignited the federal government’s determination to...

Fraud Is Not Pain Free

Chiropractors use spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments to correct subluxations, or misalignments of the vertebrae. A chiropractor from Brentwood, Missouri used his practice to manipulate the federal government into paying for a bogus ankle orthotic that was never delivered. He probably thought he...
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