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Benefit Buffet

Fraudsters tend to see government benefit programs as a smorgasbord serving up an abundance of free money. A business owner, who operated six substance abuse counseling centers in Oklahoma, received more than $1.5 million in Medicaid reimbursements she did not deserve. It is reported that...

Patients as Commodities

When you think of the term ''commodity,'' things like oil, natural gas, grain, or livestock come to mind. An article in The Chicago Tribune tells about a doctor known as the ''king of nursing homes,'' who essentially traded patient referrals as commodities. His part...

Where You Wish No One Knew Your Name

Cheers, the popular 1980's television sitcom about a bar in Boston, Massachusetts paints a picture of a cozy and friendly establishment where everyone knows your name. The former owner and operator of a sports bar and grill in neighboring New Hampshire fleeced more than...

Good Graces

It's important for small business owners to stay in the good graces with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A North Carolina couple, who operated an online business, neglected to report their gross earnings and fell out of the good graces of the IRS. An article...

Insider Trading

Among fraudsters, the most dangerous perpetrators are those who have a professional familiarity with the system they are trying to defraud. The latest example of those who see fraud as just business as usual comes to us via a press release from the U.S....

The Perfect Plot

Filmmaking is a risky business and in order to get investors to commit to a project, movie producers often look for tax incentives to entice a production company to come to a particular location to film. Company executives are usually sent in to hire...

The Truth about Lying

Never lie to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). (Falsifying information about your earnings is not a good idea at all.) A New Hartford businessman tried to avoid paying taxes by reporting incorrect earnings on his business tax returns, but eventually, the IRS caught him...

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...

Switcheroo

Fraudsters use many tactics to avoid getting caught by government authorities. One of those methods involves changing business names, so investigators are thrown off the trail. A husband and wife who owned and operated a construction business near Huntington, West Virginia pulled a switcheroo...

Fraud Chaser

The term "ambulance chaser" refers to lawyers who help clients to obtain damages related to a personal injury. The man at the center of today 's "Fraud of the Day" could be called a "fraud chaser" because he used his ambulance company to chase...
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