Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Walking a Crooked Line

Vestibular testing is used to determine if there is something wrong with the inner ear. (It's definitely no walk in the park to be dizzy for prolonged periods of time.) A press release issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation tells about a husband...

A Degree of Separation

At times, the smallest amount of something can make the largest difference. For example, you are constructing a skyscraper and lay the foundation just a few degrees off the planned measurement. A couple years down the road, an earthquake hits and brings the building...

Permission Slip for Fraud

Permission slips come in different forms. Schools require them so that children can visit the local zoo on their class trip. Doctors request a signature from a patient getting the flu shot stating there are no allergies to the vaccine about to be administered....

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Parents’ actions often speak louder than words. And, when children observe their parents repeating the same behavior frequently, they tend to copy. (Monkey see, monkey do.) A woman from Placentia, California emulated her mother’s repetitive criminal behavior and followed her lead right into a...

More Fraud than Meets the Eye

If criminals are successful at one scheme, they often try another. (They probably think, ''Why not maximize the return on fraud while I can get away with it?'') An article published in the Westmoreland Times tells about a physician who filed six false income...

What Goes On Behind Closed Doors

Appearances can be deceiving. Someone can be perceived as a pillar of the community, but hide behind a public persona and commit a private crime. (They somehow reason that no one would suspect such a devious act from someone so revered.) An article published...

Dishonorable

When someone from the armed forces commits a criminal act or behaves in a morally unacceptable manner, they can receive a dishonorable discharge. A Charleston, West Virginia man, who claimed to be a Navy veteran, was recently convicted of healthcare fraud because he really wasn’t a...

Walking a Fine, Wavy Line

For a Carl Junction, Missouri pharmacist, there’s a fine, wavy line between legally and illegally filling prescriptions. Today’s fraudster committed healthcare fraud by signing for auto-refill prescriptions that were intended for his pharmacy’s clients and billing Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare for refills that were...

Foot Fraud

To put oneself in the shoes of another is to understand the circumstances or experiences of someone else. (I would be extremely reluctant to put my feet in the shoes of a fraudster because I would not want to experience the life of a...

What’s in the Doctor’s Bag?

The government loses tens of billions of dollars annually from a variety of fraudulent healthcare schemes. Upcoding, arguably one of the most popular methods used to siphon off healthcare funds, was the scam of choice for a Warren County, Kentucky physician who was recently...

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