Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Fraud Across the Border

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides benefits to disabled adults and children with limited income and resources through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. (The program is funded by general tax revenues paid, or in other words, by you and I.) An Orono, Maine...

Crisis of Epic Proportions

The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that more than 90 Americans die every day due to opioid drug overdoses. The organization also states that the cost of prescription opioid misuse in the United States alone costs an estimated $78.5 billion a year in...

Faking It Didn’t Make It

There is no cure for Sickle Cell Anemia, an inherited condition where there are not enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout the body. (Some of the symptoms of Sickle Cell Anemia include swollen hands and feet, fatigue, or jaundice of...

Admissions Fraud

College admissions are competitive. (That’s why high school seniors are encouraged to apply to multiple schools with the hopes of getting into at least one of their favorites.) When a Carmel, Indiana woman applied to her favored university and got rejected, she committed student...

Fraudulent Fowl

Have you ever wondered why eggs are packaged and sold by the dozen? The reason why actually dates back to the first century when an egg could be sold for a penny, or 12 for a shilling (which was equal to 12, or a...

The Power of Persuasion

We are impacted by persuasion every day. Just turn on the television and within a few minutes, you’ve watched at least one commercial, if not more, advertising a sizeable discount if you call a toll-free number, log-on to a website, or run on down...

Gone, Just Like That

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a Department of Justice press release entitled, “Owner of Home Health Agency Sentenced to 75 Years in Prison for Involvement in $13 Million Medicare Fraud Conspiracy.” The owner and director of nursing of a Houston home health agency was sentenced today to 75 years in prison for her role in a $13 million Medicare fraud scheme.

Forget Wedded Bliss

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Feds used fake wedding sting for arrest, conviction in immigration marriage fraud case,” published by Democrat & Chronicle. The undercover investigation yielded the arrests and convictions of four people involved in the scam.

Busy Bee

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Federal jury convicts Jacksonville man after identity theft, fraud scheme,” published by the Florida Times-Union. A federal jury convicted a 52-year-old Jacksonville man of several charges stemming from an identity theft scheme that involved bank and Social Security fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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.
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