Friday, February 28, 2020

High Flying Fraud

Fraudsters often are apprehended for one reason, then investigators delve a little deeper to find out more than they anticipated. (It's kind of like peeling back the layers of an onion. The deeper you go, the smellier it gets.) A man who was originally...

Patient Fraudsters

Puerto Rico is just a hop, skip and a jump from the Dominican Republic where today’s fraudster hails from. We’re not sure how the man, who lives in Lynn, Massachusetts, acquired the identities of his Puerto Rican victims, but he and 24 others got caught...

100% Fraudster

This article is a Milwaukee man who showed up for a Veterans Affairs appointment in a wheelchair and told officials he could only walk a few steps due to severe back pain. But as he left, according to federal prosecutors, the man walked across the Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center parking lot with a normal gait, without using a cane or the chair, which he folded up and put in his van.

From Guard to Inmate?

A former prison guard who moonlighted as a tax preparer could find himself behind bars after pleading guilty to federal tax fraud. (That’s an interesting combination of skill sets.) The North Carolina man built a reputation as a tax preparer who could ensure his customers...

Fraud is Depressing

If left untreated, depression can have some serious consequences such as poor job or school performance, self-injury, or even suicide. Today, we look at a St. Louis, Missouri woman who purportedly used depression as an excuse to receive Social Security disability benefits. She’s now...

Kickbacks, Bribes and Narcotics, Oh My!

Just as Dorothy was extremely worried about coming across wild animals such as lions, tigers and bears on their way to The Emerald City, the federal government must constantly be on the lookout for wild behavior by deceptive Medicare providers who stalk healthcare programs on a...

Fraud On-the-Move

Fraud sometimes occurs in a localized area, perhaps at one business location where perpetrators aim to keep their crime concealed. Other criminals commit fraud while on-the-move at different locations, which makes their illegal acts more difficult to detect. Fortunately, the Medicare Strike Force is...

O Fraud, Where Is Thy Sting?

Beekeeping does not come without danger, and neither does fraud. Today’s article combines both to create a sticky situation for a Stafford, Virginia man who committed Social Security disability fraud by lying about his ability to work.

Identity Thief Poses as RN, Endangers Patients

Nurses have historically been viewed as angels of mercy. It was only through luck that a felon from Tennessee who posed as a nurse didn’t become an agent of death before pleading guilty to healthcare fraud, wire fraud, and identity theft. In today’s complex healthcare...

Definition of Helping

A couple who owned and operated a small convenience store in Barrigada, Guam told a judge they were just trying to help by extending credit to their customers who didn’t have enough money at the end of each month to purchase food. While they...
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