Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Saving Time

There are a multitude of ways to save time. Some common ideas for adding back minutes to your day include strategic planning, prioritizing your day and making a daily “to-do” list. An Orlando woman, who owned a healthcare solution company, wanted to speed up...

Not Exactly a Brainiac

Brainiacs often appear in children’s cartoons or superhero movies and play the part of someone who is extremely intelligent, but somewhat maniacal. A Kansas man, who provided home health services to patients with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), did not appear to have any maniacal...

Modern Day Pirate

Pirates are generally known for making threats, kidnapping hostages, stealing treasure and committing murder on the high seas. While today’s fraudster didn’t threaten, kidnap or murder anyone, he did steal a small fortune from the government by committing $1.7 million in Medicaid fraud over...

Mental Anguish

It’s deplorable when a mental health services business takes advantage of vulnerable patients to make a profit. That’s exactly what happened in today’s “Fraud of the Day” case which involves the co-owners of a Henry County, Georgia mental health services business. They committed Medicaid...

Number 13

Depending on where you hail from, the number 13 can be considered lucky or unlucky. Italy and China consider the two-digit number to be lucky, while most Western cultures believe the opposite, going as far as to omit 13 as a house number or...

Make More Money

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Unqualified staff used therapist IDs 7,000 times in Tennessee,” published by Insurance Fraud News. Assistant U.S. Attorney David L. Gunn recommended 18 months in federal prison for Dr. Penaranda Tan, who owned Therapeutic Services of Morristown and pleaded guilty to a single count of health-care fraud, according to court documents.

Bad Things that Happen in Parking Lots

Christine Hicks Thomas, 62, of Murfreesboro, faces up to five years in prison as well as $25,000 in fines and three years of supervised release. As part of her plea agreement, she has agreed “to surrender her nursing license, to surrender any interest she has in companies that bill the government for health care services, and to be permanently excluded from Medicare and Medicaid programs.”

Miniscule or Massive?

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Little Rock woman for theft. Jene Wyatt pleaded guilty in Pulaski County District Court and has paid $1,438.56 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund. Wyatt will pay the same amount in fines to the General Fund of the State of Arkansas. “Jene Wyatt took advantage of an important safety net for vulnerable Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Investigators and attorneys at the Attorney General’s office continue to work diligently to stop this type of fraud.”

Watch Out for Lemons

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Hilliard area husband and wife sentenced for Medicaid fraud, money laundering,” published by The Columbus Dispatch. A Hilliard-area man who used his home-health company to defraud Medicaid and build a $932,000 luxury home apologized for his crimes as he was sentenced to four years in prison.

Wrong Turn

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “NM man sentenced in almost $2MIL health care fraud,” published by Albuquerque Journal. A New Mexico man was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $1,218,165 in restitution for his role in defrauding Arizona health care benefit of almost $2 million.

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