Friday, September 21, 2018

False Advertising

False advertising is an unethical sales tactic used to encourage consumers to engage in a transaction they might otherwise pass up. As reported in the Times Ledger, today's ''Fraud of the Day'' describes how a doctor in New York used false advertising to...

Exploiting Relatives

It’s bad enough when a random person is victimized by a fraudster, but when someone is victimized by their own family member, it’s even worse. A New York woman took advantage of two relatives and New York’s Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program by stealing...

The Price is Wrong

We've all seen or heard of the popular game show ''The Price is Right.'? This daytime show, famous for the big spinning wheel and the phrase ''come on down,'' is now a large reason why one fraudster in North Carolina may face prison time....

It Will Haunt You

With Halloween around the corner, it seems all the ads on TV are for spooky shows and movies, Halloween costumes and candies, and fun décor; pick up seasonal magazines and you'll likely see the same thing. But I can think of something more haunting...

Sleight of Hand

Orthopedic surgery is a fulfilling field of work for doctors who like the instant gratification of repairing someone. (The highly specialized discipline requires a great deal of dexterity in their hands.) An orthopedic surgeon from Utica, New York used his specialized skills to perform...

At Others’ Expense

Non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) plays a big role in keeping millions of Americans healthy. Without this vital service, many patients would not be able to receive a ride to their medical providers for care. A couple who operated a transportation company out of Binghamton,...

This Place is a Zoo

It seems like the unemployment office can be a real zoo. With the New York State Comptroller's Office stopping $90,000 in unemployment checks (being sent to people on vacation...erm...what?), it seems that the animals are clawing at their cages. According to the...

Put On Your Big Boy Pants

The phrase ''put on your big boy pants'' most commonly means that it is time to grow up and act like a responsible adult. An article published in The Buffalo News tells about two brothers who acted irresponsibly as the operators of their family-owned...

Three-Ring Circus

Three-ring circuses are famous for having multiple performing acts going on at the same time. Similarly, a healthcare clinic manager ran a Medicaid and Medicare fraud ring at three clinics across New York City. Just as it can be hard to focus in on...

Fueling Fraud

Criminals commit fraudulent acts for all sorts of reasons. They may be under financial pressure, need to support an addictive habit or just because they can. A story posted on Syracuse.com tells the story of the widow of a murdered pizzeria owner and an...
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