Thursday, December 3, 2020

COVID Feature: The Fraud That Broke the Chiropractor’s Back

People visit chiropractors when their spine is out of alignment or there is something wrong with their musculoskeletal system. The general expectation is to leave the chiropractor feeling better after an adjustment, not to be robbed and left thousands of dollars in debt. (That...

You’ve Tested Positive for Fraud

Modern medicinal technology has developed rapidly to the point where one can now determine their heritage, muscle composition, taste preferences, likeliness to develop diseases and more based on genetic testing. Unfortunately, some medical companies will do anything to sell their genetic tests, including defrauding...

Can’t Sweep Fraud Under the Rug

While many frauds are perpetrated by an individual, some healthcare frauds are part of a larger scheme run by a network of individuals working together to line their own pockets with cash. Fortunately, whistleblowers do a great job of bringing wrongdoings to light and...

Dr. Fraud

Sadly, it is not uncommon for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to be the perpetrators responsible for fraudulently billing Medicare for hundreds of millions of dollars each year. (So much for the Hippocratic Oath.) Dr. Michael J Ligotti of Delray Beach, Fl., was...

COVID Feature: No One Else to Blame

Today’s fraudster has no one to blame but himself if he is convicted of fraud. Carlos Belone, 37, of Coconut Creek, Florida is charged with wire and healthcare fraud along with making false statements to a financial institution. Belone, who owns R&S Pharmacy, allegedly...

One Lie After Another

The state of a company tends to reflect its leadership from the top down. One Tennessee company isn’t in such great shape after it was discovered that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is a fraudster who took advantage of his own company. John Davis owned...

Tarnished Reputation?

A Pennsylvania lab is distancing itself from its former CEO--a Medicare fraudster--as it expands its Medicare-backed services to COVID-19 testing. (No company wants to be associated with their rotten apples.) MHS Labs in Monroeville received state and federal approval to begin COVID-19 testing despite...

Partners in Crime

A Michigan doctor, his nurse practitioner wife, and their office manager have all pleaded guilty to federal health care fraud in a scheme that involved upcharging for services at their Kalamazoo-area women’s clinic, and illegally using medical devices intended for one-time use on multiple...

COVID Feature: A Few Bruised Peaches

A woman in Lawrenceville, Ga., stands accused of being a part of a coronavirus scheme involving the elderly. (Not all is peachy in Georgia at the moment.) Ashley Hoobler Parris and other alleged fraudsters are accused of participating in this Medicare scam with the...

Scanning for Medicare Fraud

You’ve probably heard or seen advertisements for body scan services that provide early detection of potentially life-threatening disease. Doctors use 3D images of your body to look for early signs of heart or vascular disease, or cancer. Sometimes during the process, radiologists also detect...

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