Saturday, December 16, 2017

Balancing the Scales

It's no fun to be dizzy—whether the condition is caused by a virus, standing up too quickly or amusement park rides—dizziness causes nausea and no one likes to feel sick and unbalanced. An article in the Houston Chronicle tells about a doctor who used...

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...

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...

Fueling Fraud

Beginning in May 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act required petroleum refiners and importers to have renewable fuel in their product mixes. They could meet this requirement by purchasing credits from renewable fuel producers. A Department of Justice press release tells about how...

Keeping Your Tax Identity Safe

With all the focus on the holidays and the excitement at this time of year, the last thing most people are thinking about is their tax returns. Unfortunately, that's exactly what tax refund thieves are counting on. They know you've had a busy December...

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...

High Flying Fraud

Fraudsters often are apprehended for one reason, then investigators delve a little deeper to find out more than they anticipated. (It's kind of like peeling back the layers of an onion. The deeper you go, the smellier it gets.) A man who was originally...

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...

Identity Theft Discovered via Social Media

Fraudsters use social media sites to pilfer personal information and steal identities, and sometimes use the stolen identity to commit other types of fraud. In today's fraud from an Office of the Inspector General (OIG), U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) web summary, identity fraud...

Double Dose

Doctors usually advise against taking a double dose of medication to catch up when a recommended spoonful, pill or shot has been missed. (Sometimes the side effects of missing a dose can be detrimental to one's health when the doctor's orders are not followed.)The...
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