Saturday, July 21, 2018

Medicare Manicures

Ocala podiatrist Dr. Michael Rotstein, 55, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of healthcare fraud. Rotstein billed Medicare and TRICARE for a service that he called “removal of skin and muscle,” but which federal prosecutors said often was just “routine foot care, including the clipping of toenails.”

You’re Gonna Pay

Payroll taxes are the focus in today’s “Fraud of the Day.” Employees usually pay their share via paycheck deductions and then employers pay the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) an amount based upon the employee’s wages. Today’s fraudster collected his employees’ payroll taxes, but neglected...

One for the History Books

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Owner of Dallas Health Care Company Gets 17 Years in Federal Prison for Role in Huge Fraud” published by Dallas Observer. U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay sentenced the owner of a Dallas home health care company to 17 years in federal prison.

Unsuspecting Victims

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reports that in 2017, the number of taxpayers who reported tax-related identity theft declined by 50 percent. While this sounds like great news, identity thieves are becoming increasingly savvy at finding new ways to steal money from unsuspecting victims...

Delivering More than the Mail

A U.S. postal worker in Columbus, Georgia was recently convicted by a federal jury for his part in a stolen identity tax refund conspiracy. (The fraudster worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), but moonlighted as an identity refund fraudster.)...

Big Boo Boo

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Phenix City resident convicted of stolen identity fraud ring that sought $26 million,” posted on AL.com. A Phenix City resident was convicted by a federal jury for stealing the identities of soldiers, state prisoners and teenagers in a scheme that sought $26 million in false tax returns.

Hangry for Justice

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average cost of food for a family of four including one male adult, one female adult and two children between the ages of 6 and 11, is approximately $1,052.60 per month. Today’s fraudster committed food...

What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas

The Las Vegas strip is world renown for gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment and nightlife, which includes more than 20 strip clubs. The former owner of Crazy Horse Too, a Las Vegas, Nevada strip club, ran out of luck when federal authorities, who had...

More than a Slice of Pizza

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Wayne Restaurateur Giuseppe DiMeo Guilty In Tax Fraud Case: Feds,” published by Radnor Patch. Giuseppe "Pino" DiMeo, 49, changed his initial not guilty plea to guilty on two counts of conspiring to defraud the IRS and nine counts of filing false tax returns, according to Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen.

Collecting Fraud

People collect all sorts of memorabilia including stamps, comic books, stuffed animals, coins and baseball cards to name just a few. Usually, collectors spend their own money to add something new to their prized collection, but a neurologist from Michigan spent nearly $2 million...
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