Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Turning Up the Heat

As the summer heats up, let 's take a step back to 2014 when Winter Storm Pax made its way across the south and east coast of the U.S., leaving hundreds of thousands of South Carolinians in the dark as snow, sleet and freezing...

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...

Faux “the Name. Fraud” the Game.

It 's ironic (or maybe it 's not) that today 's fraudster 's last name is "Faux." (As in fake.) True to her name, the woman faked her way through fraudulent Medicare claims, falsified patient records at her physical therapy practice and managed to...

Count the Crimes

If there were ever a game show dedicated to fraudsters, it could be called "Count the Crimes." (Can't you imagine criminals competing for the prestigious designation of Criminal of the Week based on the number of crimes committed?) Today 's fraudster would definitely qualify...

Putting the Brakes on Fraud

There are a variety of ways to commit Medicare fraud including billing for unnecessary services or services not provided, up-coding or double-billing, or offering or accepting kickbacks, just to name a few. Today 's fraudsters, who were man and wife, tried a different tactic...

Boiling a Frog

When tempted by money, people often find themselves acting in ways that are contrary to their belief system. At first, they may convince themselves that they'll only indulge just a little because after all, they deserve it and no one will notice or be...

Fair Game

Higher education degrees are expensive. Thankfully, federal student loans make the dream possible for many, but to date, there are more than 44 million student loan borrowers with about $1.3 trillion in debt. Some of that debt is due to criminals who have fraudulently...

Scars of Poverty

The scars of childhood poverty can have a profound impact on a person as they age. Even though financial security may be achieved later in life, the effects of poverty experienced early in life are often long-lasting. This may have been the case for...

Should Have Known Better

Sometimes, people are oblivious that they are doing something wrong. Then, there are folks who know what they are doing is wrong, and continue to do it anyway. The latter is the case for an Ohio woman and her son who ran two home...

Underreporting Income Produces Fraud

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the favorite form of tax evasion in the United States happens to be underreporting income. This happens when a taxpayer either claims less money than they actually made or they claim more deductions, exemptions and credits than...
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