Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Doubly Deceptive

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids each day. To counteract these horrifying statistics, methadone clinics have popped up all over the nation to treat people who are addicted to...

Family Therapy

Family plays an important role in how its members develop emotionally, physically and spiritually, because each individual is impacted by other family members. Sometimes, there is a need to address mental health concerns that affect the family as a whole, including issues such as...

The Higher They Are, The Harder They Fall

Fraud can occur at all levels of an organization, but today’s case involving Medicaid fraud started at the top, went sideways, then worked its way down involving several unscrupulous individuals. The former president of a health practice in Greenville, North Carolina conspired with another...

Controlling the Purse Strings

The person who controls the purse strings within a business decides how the money is spent. It is a position of power and one that caused a home healthcare owner from Guysville, Ohio to commit Medicaid fraud and tax fraud. She let greed drive...

Carte Blanche

There are many things to consider when choosing a business partner. Before entering into a business venture, it’s important to join forces with someone who has industry knowledge, understands your working and decision-making style, has similar values, goals and skills, and most importantly, is...

The Old Switcheroo

A confidence trick or game is a deceptive tactic where an individual attempts to gain the trust of a victim by taking advantage of the human psyche. A Bristol, Connecticut social services business owner took advantage of her psychotherapy patients and their psyches by...

Government-funded Vacation

Living in the United States has many benefits, like democracy and an enormous amount of freedom. Then, there’s access to excellent education, healthcare and other government benefits to consider. Last time I checked, government-funded vacations were not one of the perks of living in...

Maybe They Won’t Notice

Medical advancements in recent decades have contributed to Americans living longer. The U.S. Census Bureau states that the number of people age 65 and older in the United States is just about 15 percent, increasing by 1.6 million people since 2014. (This correlates with...

Anyone and Everyone

As of June 2018, more than 66 million individuals were enrolled in Medicaid. As approximately one-sixth of the national healthcare economy, it’s easy to see how the government healthcare program is an easy target for fraud. (In 2016, Medicaid spending totaled $565.5 billion.) A...

Vocabulary

Fraudsters like words such as extravagant, lavish, palatial, luxurious and opulent. And, they’ll do anything to live that kind of lifestyle, even if it means stealing from others to achieve their dream. Three managers of a now closed Westminster, Massachusetts transportation company were recently...

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