Monday, June 24, 2019

Engineering Fraud

Criminals go to great lengths to engineer fraud schemes that are undetectable. The owner of a Honolulu, Hawaii-based engineering services firm and his accountant carried out what they thought to be a well-designed plan to divert money that was intended for federal employment and income taxes...

Typical Fraudster

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website states that the H-1B Visa program allows U.S. companies to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in a specific specialty, or its equivalent. H-1B specialty occupations tend to be...

Communication is Key

Communication is Key Good communication skills are necessary to have a successful marriage. But due to some miscommunication between a New Haven, Connecticut doctor and her husband, they are now responsible for their involvement in a healthcare fraud scheme that stole $1.5 million...

Disproportionate

When talking about criminal law, the term “proportionality” is used to convey the idea that a punishment should fit the crime. Today, we look at a case involving an Essex County, New Jersey man who committed food stamp fraud as an employee working in his daughter’s...

Breakthrough

According to the National Cancer Institute, there were 15.5 million cancer survivors living in the United States in 2016. About 40 percent of those survivors deal with chronic pain related to their cancer treatment. Even though opioid medications can be highly addictive, doctors commonly prescribe the narcotics...

Faker

Not to be an alarmist, but if you somehow forgot to file your 2018 Income Tax Return, you’ve got until 11:59:59 pm tonight. If you need more time, visit the IRS website here to find out how to file  an extension. (Just a suggestion – don’t...

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...

The One That Got Away

A report compiled by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General states that student aid fraud cost the federal government nearly $200 million between 2009 and 2012. Today’s fraud article states that student loan fraud is growing because of the increase in the number...

Nailed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service provides explicit instructions on what Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can and cannot buy. The idea behind the government-funded program is to provide beneficiaries with money to purchase items including bread, cereal, fruit, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry,...

Beached

Sailors used the commerce-friendly trade winds and associated ocean currents to navigate their early sailing ships from European and African ports to the Americas, bringing goods to trade and sell. Today’s fraudster, who managed the Rockland, Maine-based Trade Winds Health, Swim and Tan Club, thought his...
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