How Not to Become a Millionaire

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There is a wealth of information available on how to become a millionaire. Books, magazines and financial blogs abound with great advice, such as: earn more than you spend; save a set percentage of your income each month; or, make regular investments in the stock market. (Extreme risk takers often take a chance by playing the lottery, but it would probably be impossible to find a financial advisor that would suggest that tactic.) An article posted on details the story of how two fraudsters attempted to make their million by stealing from Medicare.

The story states that two owners of a Detroit-area home health care agency and their co-conspirators committed health care fraud over a four-year period. The duo’s scam worked by billing Medicare for home health care services that were not medically necessary or never provided. The two also paid kickbacks to recruiters who obtained and delivered Medicare beneficiary information to the company. As a result of their illegal acts, the company owners received $952,913.27 from the government benefits program.

These two fraudsters both pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud for their roles in the nearly $1 million fraud scheme. They are awaiting sentencing.

These health care company founders were on their way to becoming millionaires until they were busted by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. (Fraud is definitely not a recommended way to obtain wealth.) One thing is for sure, they won’t be profiled on the cover of Forbes any time soon. However, their profile will be well documented within the penal system. Instead of letting legitimately earned revenue grow with compounded interest, it looks like they have only compounded the problems they are likely to experience in the future.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article titled, ”2 Plead Guilty in $1 Million Detroit-area Home Health Care Fraud Scheme,” written by David Muller and posted on on November 13, 2014.

DETROIT, MI – The founders of a Detroit-area home health care agency pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday for their roles in a nearly-$1-million fraud scheme.

The FBI said in a release that Attaullah Arain, 47, and Nadia Arain, 41, both of Brownstown, Mich., pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Tarnow in the Eastern District of Michigan to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.