Tuesday, December 1, 2020

No Honor Among Fraudsters

Two Tennessee doctors were recently sentenced for their roles in a conspiracy to defraud Tricare out of tens of millions of dollars. (Tricare is a government health insurance program that offers affordable healthcare to members of the military and their dependents.) Dr. Susan Vergot...

Cross-country Fraud Deal Gone Bad

The illegal sale of controlled substances can be linked directly to the prescription drug epidemic the nation is currently facing. While prescription pain medicines are supposed to be carefully prescribed and regulated, mismanagement by healthcare professionals can easily go unnoticed, especially when they enlist...

Turbulent Skies Ahead

Tricare is a healthcare insurance program offered to members of the U.S. military, their families, and retirees across all seven branches of the armed forces. It’s egregious that a former Air Force officer was recently sentenced for her role in defrauding Tricare out of...

Bound for Bankruptcy

Owning a successful business on paper does not always equate to successfully operating one. This is especially true for business owners whose best practices include participating in illegal financial schemes and defrauding the U.S. government. Mississippi businessman Wade Walters pleaded guilty to participating in a...

Fraud Along the Mississippi

The role of medical professionals is to provide the best medical care possible to patients without bias. In today’s fraud case, it wasn't bias that prevented the doctors and nurses from performing their oathbound duty, rather it was their own greed. Tennessee-based Dr. Thomas Sturdavant,...

Fraud Isn’t Free

Omaha is largely known for being the largest city in Nebraska and for making world renowned steaks. Unfortunately, one Omaha native is tainting its good reputation by making headlines for defrauding Medicare and state Medicaid programs. (Well, I guess you can’t be good at...

No Walking Allowed

Healthcare fraud is often misconstrued as a victimless crime, but the truth is that it impacts the most vulnerable members of society who rely on the services provided by government healthcare programs. Michael Wilson and Jacqueline Podell of Winamac, Indiana are two individuals who...

Spineless Fraudsters

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides monetary allowances, vocational training and rehabilitation, and VA-financed health care benefits to Korea and Vietnam Veterans' birth children who have been diagnosed with spina bifida, a malformation of the vertebrae in the spine that exposes the spinal...

She’s His Wife?

Many families have confusing family dynamics and complicated relationships. The Stephen's family relationship is a prime example as they are not as they appear on paper. Their familial status is the question of a federal fraud scandal. Edward Stephen of Baton Rouge, L.A. was recently...

Chameleons

Fraudsters are everywhere just waiting to find vulnerabilities to exploit in the lives of their unsuspecting victims. Today’s fraudster is an Idaho woman who worked as an officer manager for a skilled nursing facility in Boise for many years without anyone suspecting that she...

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