Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Heartless

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “She pulled teeth, provided fillings, but wasn’t a dentist and is headed to prison,” published by the Idaho Statesman. Cherie R. Dillon, 62, will spend five years in prison for completing dental procedures that legally could only be performed by a dentist.

Just Trying to Help Out

Two Winston-Salem men were convicted this week on federal charges that they committed more than $1 million in health care fraud through a company they started in Jacksonville, Florida.

Misdiagnosed

An Institute of Medicine report estimates that 30 cents of every healthcare dollar are wasted in unnecessary healthcare costs, many related to misdiagnoses. (That adds up to about $750 billion a year.) A Powell, Wyoming psychologist committed Medicaid fraud by misdiagnosing patients with mental...

The Honeymoon’s Over

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of an Izard County woman for marrying a patient she was caring for, which would make her ineligible to be paid by the Medicaid program, and continuing to provide care.

Not Exactly a Brainiac

Brainiacs often appear in children’s cartoons or superhero movies and play the part of someone who is extremely intelligent, but somewhat maniacal. A Kansas man, who provided home health services to patients with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), did not appear to have any maniacal...

Mental Anguish

It’s deplorable when a mental health services business takes advantage of vulnerable patients to make a profit. That’s exactly what happened in today’s “Fraud of the Day” case which involves the co-owners of a Henry County, Georgia mental health services business. They committed Medicaid...

Flying Under the Radar

Elizabeth Jones Powell pleaded guilty in to federal charges of health care fraud and tax evasion. After her prison term, she will be on supervised release for three years. She will also have to pay back more than $450,000 in fraudulent Medicaid claims and unpaid taxes.

The End of a Fraudulent Career

Not all crimes lead to time behind bars. But, the alternative punishment for defrauding a government healthcare benefits program can be as equally devastating to the perpetrator’s life as jail. Today’s fraudster is a Stamford, Connecticut dentist who agreed to a settlement that resolves...

Miniscule or Massive?

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today announced the conviction of a Little Rock woman for theft. Jene Wyatt pleaded guilty in Pulaski County District Court and has paid $1,438.56 in restitution to the Arkansas Medicaid Program Trust Fund. Wyatt will pay the same amount in fines to the General Fund of the State of Arkansas. “Jene Wyatt took advantage of an important safety net for vulnerable Arkansans,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Investigators and attorneys at the Attorney General’s office continue to work diligently to stop this type of fraud.”

Staggering Statistics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reports that more than 115 Americans die each day from overdosing on opioids. (This includes the misuse and addiction to opioids such as prescription pain relievers, heroin and synthetic opioids.)...

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