Friday, October 23, 2020

Greedy Gastroenterologist

The average U.S. per capita income in 2016 was $57,617 according to the Census; meanwhile, gastroenterologists earned an average of $380,000, per the Medscape Gastroenterologist Compensation Report 2016. Greed is a powerful thing, driving a Texas physician—who presumably earned better than six times a...

Fraud Epidemic

Fraudsters’ intentions to scam the public by way of COVID-19 is growing as quickly as the virus spreads, and federal authorities are serious about putting a stop to it. U.S. Attorney General William Barr has sent a memo to all federal attorneys across the nation...

Government Push-Back on COVID-19 Scams

Like worms emerging after a rainstorm, a crisis like the Coronavirus pandemic quickly draws a wide array of unscrupulous opportunists to prey on public anxiety. (Nothing like a disgusting visual to drive a point home.) The U.S. Secret Service has identified some of the...

COVID-19 Scam Investments

With stock performance tumbling in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, companies providing virus treatment or testing might seem like a sure thing to worried investors. Unfortunately, public anxiety is fodder for COVID-19 fraud, including promotions falsely claiming that certain companies’ stocks will soar because...

Fraud After Fraud

It takes chutzpah to try and pull off a $2.2 million Medicare fraud scheme; it takes chutzpah and a big old dose of dumb to do it while you’re awaiting sentencing for another series of Medicare crimes. David Brock Lovelace, a Florida marketing company...

Pay-to-Stay Scheme

Fraudsters typically steal from government programs by lying on official documents or paying kickbacks for benefits. In the case of immigration fraud, fraudsters find people willing to pay to prevent deportation or prison. Today, we look at a “pay-to-stay” scheme in Detroit where about...

Please Don’t Be My Neighbor!

A California woman who orchestrated a multi-year identity theft and tax refund fraud scheme was apparently planning to bring her operation even closer to home by stealing her neighbor’s mail. An investigation of Parnian Djafarzadeh by the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Postal Service...

Fugitive Returns to Prison for Identity Theft, Fraud

Sometimes committing fraud can lead to bigger things – and not in a good way. A Kentucky man led a quiet life, working and keeping to himself for four decades. He retired in 2009 and in 2010 filed to receive Social Security benefits. In fact,...

P-hony Medicare Billing

For more than a year, a Pennsylvania physician and medical group billed Medicare thousands of dollars for surgically implanting neurostimulator electrodes – a procedure that typically requires an operating room. Instead, they allegedly performed outpatient Medicare fraud by affixing “P-Stim” acupuncture devices behind the...

Perfectly Corrupt Storm

FEMA’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) Program is intended to provide disaster relief funding for emergency home repairs. Juli Campbell, the owner of a Puerto Rican contracting company, instead saw it as an opportunity to line her pockets through disaster fraud after Hurricane...
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