Thursday, August 22, 2019

Three Times a Charm

A woman in Medford, Mass., admitted to lying so she could receive $108,288 in Social Security, Medicare and MassHealth benefits and food stamps over a 10-year period. (SO ambitious!). She was subsequently charged for her Food Stamp, Social Security and Medicare fraud scheme (Three...

Watch Out for DNA Scams

It appears that a new wave of Medicare fraud scams involving DNA testing has been detected. Whether lured by free ice cream or scared of potential life-threatening illnesses, senior citizens are being deceptively convinced to provide their Medicare number in exchange for a cheek swab....

Hangry

There are some things that are ok to skim – like news headlines, a rock across a lake, or a layer of fat if you’re frying ground beef for tacos. It’s NOT ok to skim cash from your company’s sales receipts. In today’s tax fraud...

High Volume

Business owners usually rely on precise pricing methods and high-volume sales to make a profit. (The owner of a Newark, New Jersey-based deli-owner took a different approach to profit in today’s fraud article.) She made nearly $900,000 through food stamp fraud when she exchanged Supplemental Nutrition...

Deceptive Granny

Social Security Income (SSI) provides financial assistance to qualified people who are 65 and older, blind or disabled and with limited income and resources. A grandmother from St. Albans Bay, Vermont thought she could get away with Social Security fraud by collecting her grandson’s SSI benefits while...

Politicians and Criminals

Despite popular opinion, not all politicians are criminals. However, today’s fraudsters are linked to politician wanna-be’s who are now officially considered to be criminals. Two Winston-Salem men and two aspiring politicians worked together to file 519 false tax returns in a tax fraud scheme that attempted...

Fraud is Painful

Pain clinics typically provide solutions for unmanageable pain caused by conditions such as arthritis, back pain, cancer, migraines and neck pain just to name a few. (When an over-the-counter remedy doesn’t work, these are the people to contact.) Two pain management doctors in the New...

Cheating with Cheddar

Warning to all readers: this blog post is cheesy. Today’s fraudster used all types of cheese plus lettuce, tomato, hot peppers, olives, pickles and deli meat to commit more than half a million dollars in tax fraud. (It’s possible that you may crave a sub sandwich...

Perfectly Clear

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s food stamp program, otherwise known as the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP), is perfectly clear on what items are eligible for purchase using the government benefits. (It’s also clear on what cannot be bought.) A man from Jersey City, N.J.,...

Sticky Situation

Acupuncture, which was developed more than a thousand years ago in China, is an alternative medical practice that uses needles to alleviate pain and nausea or treat chronic health conditions. (For those who do not like needles, physical therapy and chiropractic treatment can also provide...
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