Saturday, January 20, 2018

Family Loyalty

In some families, loyalty runs deep ,so deep that members are willing to risk committing crimes to remain a part of the family unit. One man 's family loyalty caused him to commit multiple types of fraud, including the creation of a fraudulent passport...

Hiding in Plain Sight

Criminals who commit fraud are adept at hiding it in plain sight. Today 's fraudster and her son hid their fraudulent actions behind her high-profile position as owner of a respected home health care company and founder of a related charity. (Sometimes the bigger...

Fraud Chaser

The term "ambulance chaser" refers to lawyers who help clients to obtain damages related to a personal injury. The man at the center of today 's "Fraud of the Day" could be called a "fraud chaser" because he used his ambulance company to chase...

Kickback on Kickbacks

It is encouraging to read reports of the U.S. government bringing down the hammer on companies that commit multi-million dollar fraud—especially when their crimes could cause direct physical harm or death to unsuspecting citizens. According to a press release recently published by the Justice...

Adding Insult to Injury

There 's nothing like trying to repair your credit record, then being victimized by the very entity that was supposed to help you do it. (Talk about adding insult to injury.) That 's what happened in today 's "Fraud of the Day," which tells...

Blowing Down Straw Houses

As the tale of the Three Little Pigs illustrates, houses made of straw do not last very long. (Neither do businesses who try to launder illegally gained funds through straw companies.) An owner of a home health care agency who tried to bilk Medicare...

Justice Served Twice

Witnesses are not always needed in order to convict someone of a crime. A story published by Home Health Care News tells about a case against a woman convicted for taking part in a hospice-related health care fraud. She asked for a new trial...

Rolling Away with Fraud

The durable medical equipment industry is rife with power wheelchair fraud. In fact, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have seen an increase of nearly 450 percent in spending over the past four years. (All of that cannot possibly be legit.) Today’s “Fraud...

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.

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...
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