Friday, July 20, 2018

Enterprising Fraudster

Medicaid billing fraud is a lucrative business for enterprising fraudsters. Perpetrators of this type of fraud are counting on patients and Medicaid claims processors to not examine their billing statements too closely. A doctor in Ohio was running a profitable billing fraud enterprise out...

Left Holding the Bag

What would you do with $14.9 million? Would you buy a mansion on a lake, take a trip around the world and stay at every five-star hotel you could find, or would you put this small fortune in the bank and watch it...

Lightening Can Strike Twice

According to Argonne National Laboratory, the chance of being struck by lightning once is about 1 in 600,000. The probability of being stuck twice is about 1 in 360,000,000,000. (Provided you survive the first strike.) In the world of identity fraud, once your...

Minimal Crime Means Time

There is no gray area when it comes to participating in a crime. It doesn’t matter whether you played a big part or a small part, either you are involved or you aren’t. Today’s “Fraud of the Day” focuses on a Michigan liquor store...

Does Having a Loophole Make it Right?

If you won the lottery, do you think you'd spend any of that money on food? Laws on the books today assume you wouldn't. Many states don't count lottery or gambling winnings as income, so thousands of winners each year continue to be eligible...

Stealing Evidence

It's not a good idea to steal evidence when you have been charged with an offense. (It can only get you deeper into trouble with the law.) A Federal Bureau of Investigation press release details how two owners of several home health care companies...

A Market for Food Stamps

Specialty markets pop up all over the US, offering unique foods, beverages, trinkets and other great finds. But what do you call specialty markets that offer cash for food stamps? Easy – it's called committing fraud. The scene is Flint, Michigan, where the San Francisco...

A Little Online Education

Do you remember the days when students had to actually go to class? The? couldn't sit on the couch in sweats, pop open a can of soda and watch sports while logging on to class. As technology developed, the birth of online classes has...

Bottom Feeders Need Not Apply

The Mount Desert Islander reports on a man approaching middle age in Bar Harbor, Maine, who conspired to secure some extra financial cushion for his impending golden years by fraudulently collecting unemployment checks over a four-year period. (No amount of bailing is going to...

Taking Down Fraud

The Medicare Strike Force doesn't put up with fraud and strives to prevent criminals from bilking the government program of billions of dollars from dishonest charges. They've been pretty successful with their efforts – especially in the Detroit area, where more than 164...
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