Friday, December 15, 2017

Uncovering Tracks

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a Department of Justice press release entitled, “Florida Resident Sentenced to Prison for Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme”. A Miami-Dade County, Florida resident was sentenced to 70 months in prison for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme.

Signing Off On Fraud

Before signing your name, it’s really important to know exactly what you are agreeing to. An Iowa physician signed off on more than 1,000 prescriptions that caused Tricare, the healthcare program for America’s military members, to be billed for more than $4.4 million in...

Not If, But When

If you think your identity could never be stolen, think again. According to Symantec’s 2017 Internet Security Report, 1,209 security breaches occurred in 2016 exposing 1.1 billion identities. If that doesn’t scare you, then consider that over the past eight years, more than 7.1...

Misconstrued

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) exists to ensure public health is protected. The agency ensures “the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products and medical devices.” (They are also responsible for ensuring the safety of the nation’s food...

Robin Hood Would Be Ashamed

Hiring a home healthcare aide to take care of a loved one can be an overwhelming process. Many people go through an agency because potential candidates are usually thoroughly vetted (emphasis on “usually”) and replacements can be made if they are not satisfactory. Unfortunately,...

Be Very Alarmed

Drug addiction statistics in America are alarming. Consider the fact that opioid addiction kills about 100 people across the United States every day. (You should be very alarmed at that shocking statistic.) A physician who was licensed in Puerto Rico, but practiced medicine in...

Fraudulently Impaired

Individuals certified as mentally impaired can qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. Today’s “Fraud of the Day” takes a look at an Eastern Kentucky lawyer, who conspired with a psychologist and a judge to steal hundreds of millions of dollars in disability benefits from...

A Mission of Omission

The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments for children with disabilities. Children that are younger than 18 must have a physical or mental condition that seriously limits their activity to qualify under the agency’s definition of disability. Another requirement...

Pawning off the Kids

There are some parents who pawn their kids off to other relatives or friends to watch and take care of them as often as possible. Perhaps this is fun for grandparents who love to have their grandchildren visit on a regular basis, but today’s...

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.
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