Monday, October 26, 2020

Facing Change

The owner of a Lewiston, Maine counseling agency named “Facing Change” is ironically facing a great deal of change in her own life after being convicted for committing Medicaid fraud. She used her mental health and substance abuse counseling agency to steal more than...

Sentencing Dead on Arrival

Listen to this Story Social Security exists to help ensure that at-risk populations experience respectable standards of living. The program helps millions of elderly and disabled people throughout the United States. But what happens to their benefits when they...

Foolish Fraudster

There are a variety of jokes about the number of fools it takes to complete a simple task, such as screwing in a lightbulb. Similarly, have you ever wondered how many times a foolish fraudster gets away with lies before they get caught?'' (According...

To Take or Not to Take Responsibility

When a defendant enters an Alford Plea, it means that there is not an admission of guilt. Even though the person entering the plea maintains his or her innocence, the court treats the plea as if it were a ''guilty'' plea. (Confused yet?) An...

Smoked

Smoked salmon had a part to play in today’s “Fraud of the Day” article. A Gouldsboro, Maine woman, who was on the hook for embezzling money from a smoked salmon seafood business she managed, also committed unemployment fraud while working at a café/deli in...

Don’t Mess with Maine!

Mainers have a reputation for having a strong work ethic. Most Mainers appreciate having a job and are known for arriving on time, putting in a full day, and working to the best of their ability. They don't have any use for freeloaders and...

Easy as 1-2-3

It's not hard to qualify as an authorized Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailer. In fact, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) website touts that eligible vendors can apply for the ability to accept SNAP benefits in...

Preying on the Poor

Thieves don't usually target the poor for tangible goods; however, everyone has something of worth – even the financially disadvantaged. Personal identification information is a hot commodity and can pay out big rewards to identity thieves, who really don't care how much they get...

The Worst of Intentions

Some people can have the best of intentions. For instance, you might remember a month in advance that your spouse's birthday is coming up. You may have the best intention of making fine dining reservations, booking a babysitter and wrapping a special gift. Then...

How a Tax Identity Fraud Scam Impacted Our Members

Early in 2014, the Maine Medical Association (MMA) began receiving reports from member physicians that they had been victims of identity theft leading to a tax refund fraud scam. They learned about the scam when they filed their state or federal tax return and...
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