Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Entitled to Nothing

One word that describes fraudsters in general is “entitled.” For some reason they think they are deserving of things like cash, real estate, luxury vacations or government benefits just because. (And, they reason that it’s acceptable to take those things from others.) Today’s fraud...

A Dime A Dozen

It seems that retailers who abuse the Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are a dime a dozen. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that approximately 35,891 food retailers illegally trafficked more than $1 billion in SNAP benefits between 2012...

Putting Fraud to Bed

According to the American Sleep Association (ASA), between 50 and 70 million adults in the U.S. have a sleep disorder. The former owner of multiple sleep study clinics in Maryland and Northern Virginia capitalized on those statistics by causing a loss of more than...

Coming Clean

Confessing involvement in a fraudulent scheme is really hard when an individual has been involved in the deception for many years. (Sometimes, as time goes by, perpetrators rationalize that they deserve the funds and the things they are stealing from their victim.)  It took...

The Worst of Intentions

During 2017, the federal government won or negotiated more than $2.4 billion in healthcare fraud judgements and settlements. (Of that amount $1.4 billion was returned to Medicare, while Medicaid received about $406.7 million.) The Medicare Strike Force, a joint initiative between the Department of...

Left Holding the Bag

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) reports that a majority of food stamp trafficking happens in smaller-sized retailers. That is the case for today’s “Fraud of the Day” article where the former owner of a Louisville, Kentucky specialty food...

Family Bond

You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. Today’s fraudsters – a husband and wife from Corona, California – would probably prefer to erase their family ties to a terrorist couple who shot 14 people to death in San Bernardino back...

Singing the Jail House Blues

The Chicago blues style of music originated in the 1950s and made its way across the United States and over the pond to the United Kingdom and beyond in the 1960s. The music, which is characterized by lyrics that express injustice, desire for a...

Examining the Examiners

Medical examinations are required for many reasons. Children need a medical evaluation before they can attend school; an immigrant needs one if they wish to obtain a visa or green card and, some employers won’t hire until you’ve been looked over by a qualified...

The Heart of the Matter

The human heart pumps blood throughout the body, supplying oxygen and nutrients to tissues while removing carbon dioxide and other waste. (It is central to all body operations and without it, we cannot live.) Fraud operations are similar. Today’s spotlight shines on a cardiologist...
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