Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Behaving Badly

A former well-respected attorney in Santa Barbara, California behaved badly by not paying his taxes. He used the unpaid taxes to live a lavish lifestyle and to go gambling. The former criminal defense attorney neglected to report that he had earned $3,590,185 to the Internal...

Guest Writer: Mark C. Cooke

The Problem with Tax Systems The problem with tax systems is non-abrogative exploitation. In other words, it's the shades of grey that force systems to evolve. Or, rather, force them to devolve. The more ''creative interpretation'' that exists, the more statutory language is required. However,...

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...

Memories Live On

When faced with death, it's hard to say goodbye to a loved one. But, survivors can be comforted by good memories of their dearly departed through pictures and personal items. A former New Jersey man continued to be reminded of his deceased wife each...

A Storm of Stamps

When Hurricane Irene slammed into the coast of New Jersey in August 2011, it left many parts of the state a disaster with a tally of over two million homes without power, and subject to widespread flooding/wind damage. In an effort to assist the...

Two Timing the Government

When we hear that someone is accused of ''two-timing,'' it's usually in the capacity of dating. However, two-timing isn't exclusive to the dating world; rather, fraudsters have taken a liking to the activity, according to a Galloway Patch article. After the nor'easter of March 2010,...

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...

Government Identity Theft Is Dropping…Or Is It?

When consumers hear about identity theft, their minds may instantly go to their credit cards or their bank accounts. And to be honest, the overwhelming majority of identity theft crimes involve the fraudulent use of someone's financial accounts. But that doesn't mean that the...

Promises, Promises

It is common for deceptive medical professionals to offer treatments or cures to Medicaid or Medicare patients, then bill the government insurance programs for services that were not medically necessary or not provided. A former Philadelphia-area podiatrist, who took a Hippocratic Oath promising to...

The Opioid Crisis: When Healthcare Fraud Turns Deadly

The Opioid Crisis is now a Public Health Emergency. Combating the crisis and the criminals using fraud to perpetrate it (and often using taxpayer-funded dollars to do so), is critical. It is going to take data from multiple sources – providers, medical claims, pharmacy claims, public records, law enforcement records management system, computer-aided dispatch and more – to win. Siloed data will be the enemy of success, but data sharing will enable success.
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