Monday, July 16, 2018

In the Grand Scheme of Things

The self-proclaimed “Grand Sheik” of a Moorish temple in Chicago was sentenced to nearly six years in prison Friday for defrauding the IRS out of $3.2 million.

Starving Artist

Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF) is estimated to cost the U.S. Treasury more than $2 billion a year. This type of fraud involves using stolen Social Security Numbers and personal identifying information to file false tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. In today's...

Confined by Fraud

The Social Security Administration (SSA) pays Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to disabled adults and children with limited income and resources. But there are a few things that applicants must reveal when filling out the form to qualify for benefits. A Malden, Massachusetts woman left...

Part of the Solution

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on a Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General press release entitled, “Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to $234,000 Government Theft.” A Patrick County, Virginia man, who stole more than $230,000 from the Social Security Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services in disability benefits to which he was not entitled, pleaded guilty in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Danville.

What Can You Buy with $20 Million?

A registered nurse and home health company owner has been convicted of conspiracy and multiple counts of healthcare fraud in a $20 million dollar scheme to defraud Medicare.

Terminal Fraudster

Being diagnosed with a terminal illness is a very sobering event, and not one to be taken lightly. The woman at the center of today's ''Fraud of the Day'' faked a terminal illness and used it to delay reporting to prison for a federal...

Social Sinners

Some people engage in religious activities to absolve their sins and cultivate spiritual connections with higher powers. And then there are those who see organized religion as an opportunity to victimize vulnerable, god-fearing folk. The Daily Leader reports on a pair of women in...

The Land of Free Benefits

When Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner, he described the United States as the land of the free and the home of the brave. (Nothing about it being a great place for foreign fraudsters to receive free benefits).According to Las Vegas television...

Part of the Problem

After a recent health care fraud crackdown, two Austin, Texas, psychologists and a patient recruiter from Cedar Park, Texas, were charged with health care fraud. The trio was part of a larger scheme including 115 doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners who allegedly bilked...

Pen Pal

Prison can get pretty lonely. Even though conditions within the prison system can be quite adverse, many incarcerated individuals cope by studying to further their education, writing articles or stories or adopting a pen pal. (There are many websites that claim to match prisoners...
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