Thursday, July 2, 2020

Thank You for Not Frauding

The history of “buttlegging,” or cigarette smuggling, is unfortunately rather established on the east coast of the US. The practice has commonly been used by organized crime and terrorist organizations to defraud the government of money and raise illicit funds. In fact,...

Family Therapy

Family plays an important role in how its members develop emotionally, physically and spiritually, because each individual is impacted by other family members. Sometimes, there is a need to address mental health concerns that affect the family as a whole, including issues such as...

The Dark Side

A recent study suggests that 25 percent of Bitcoin users are associated with illegal activity. Today’s fraudster from Illinois fits into that category. He committed identity theft fraud by purchasing the identities of people in 38 states from the dark web using Bitcoin, then...

The Old Switcheroo

A confidence trick or game is a deceptive tactic where an individual attempts to gain the trust of a victim by taking advantage of the human psyche. A Bristol, Connecticut social services business owner took advantage of her psychotherapy patients and their psyches by...

The Medicaid Tooth Fairy

The tooth fairy makes losing teeth a much more tolerable experience. (Kids know they’re going to wake up with a couple of bucks under their pillow, so why not embrace the pain for a reward at the end.) A Connecticut dentist blew the whistle...

Bad Habit

Everyone has a vice, whether it be procrastination, bingeing on Netflix, spending too much time on social media, or something much worse. A Waterbury, Connecticut man, who admitted he had a heroin habit, conspired with his ex-wife to support this bad habit by lying...

Road Show

Unemployment insurance benefits are funded through taxes paid for by employers. (Unlike Social Security benefits, workers do not have to pay into the system through paycheck deductions.) The insurance program is intended to provide temporary income for workers who are either partially or fully...

The End of a Fraudulent Career

Not all crimes lead to time behind bars. But, the alternative punishment for defrauding a government healthcare benefits program can be as equally devastating to the perpetrator’s life as jail. Today’s fraudster is a Stamford, Connecticut dentist who agreed to a settlement that resolves...

How to Catch a Psycho Biller

No one in their right mind would dare submit hundreds of fraudulent bills to Medicaid and expect to get away with it. And yet today’s fraudster accomplished just that. The owner and operator of a social services business that provided psychotherapy to Medicaid beneficiaries...

D-I-Y Fraud

Do-It-Yourself or D-I-Y projects are pretty popular. There are television networks and a multitude of websites devoted to explaining how to accomplish a variety of projects from start to finish. While D-I-Y projects usually save a lot of money, a Connecticut dentist who concocted...
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