Thursday, October 29, 2020

The Secret about Secrets

Fraudsters are always trying to find shortcuts to get around the law. And they usually end up conspiring with others to get the illegal job done. Such is the case for a convenience store owner in Florida who conspired with his store manager to...

The Wrong Determination

In the State of Florida, most businesses with four or more employees must carry a workers’ compensation policy. State laws determine whether a business needs coverage and which employees must be included on the policy. Today’s fraud article is about a Tallahassee, Florida business owner who...

COVID Feature: No One Else to Blame

Today’s fraudster has no one to blame but himself if he is convicted of fraud. Carlos Belone, 37, of Coconut Creek, Florida is charged with wire and healthcare fraud along with making false statements to a financial institution. Belone, who owns R&S Pharmacy, allegedly...

COVID Feature: Poor Little Rich Boy

Miami is typically known for its beaches and all-night parties. Unfortunately, it’s getting a new reputation for being home to fraudsters looking to exploit loans intended for those financially suffering due to COVID-19. David Tyler Hines of Miami, Fl., is charged with bank fraud for...

Dr. Fraud

Sadly, it is not uncommon for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to be the perpetrators responsible for fraudulently billing Medicare for hundreds of millions of dollars each year. (So much for the Hippocratic Oath.) Dr. Michael J Ligotti of Delray Beach, Fl., was...

Reducing Identity Theft Refund Fraud

Combatting tax refund identity fraud is a top priority for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The agency's website reports that through November of 2015, 1.4 million identity theft returns were successfully identified and $8 billion in fraudulent refunds were prevented. Another report from the...

Broke and Homeless

Those within the nursing profession take the ‘Nightingale Pledge’ swearing to adhere to a code of ethics that states they will never knowingly cause harm to someone in their care. One Florida- based nursing assistant has been accused of disregarding her pledge so she...

Brace Yourself

Most fraudsters are lazy, but opportunistic at the same time. You can be sure that they will do their best to make as much money as possible without much effort. The story behind a Wellington, Fl., internist turned fraudster doesn’t fit this typical description....

Property Problems

Owning property can be difficult; in most cases, you're required to maintain it. But, does anyone really check up on your property? According to a Miami Herald article, nearly 100 individuals have been cited for property problems, and we aren't talking about ugly flowers...

Preventing Homestead Fraud in the Sunshine State

There are many financial benefits to having a homestead exemption on a property. In the state of Florida, property owners who declare a home to be their primary residence are eligible to receive a homestead exemption or deduction off a property's assessed value...
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