Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Entitlement Can Be a Dirty Word

Entitlement can be a dirty word depending on how it is used. It can either mean that an individual has a legitimate right to something, or it can mean that someone has a belief that they deserve certain privileges or special treatment, when they...

Falling Through the Cracks

The Michigan Department of Education’s Child Development and Care program helps low-income families afford day care costs, so they can keep working. While several different state agencies are involved in evaluating day care providers to make sure they are not fleecing taxpayers, today’s fraudster...

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...

No Rhyme or Reason

To qualify for and collect unemployment benefits under the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency, an individual must meet certain eligibility requirements. (Benefits aren’t just handed out without a rhyme or reason.) A Detroit man tried to circumvent those requirements and committed unemployment fraud in the...

Currently Unemployed

Credit card companies and financial institutions are typically the most common organizations targeted by identity theft, but government agencies are also seeing an increase in the crime as well. A Brownstown Township, Michigan man defrauded the State’s Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) out of more...

Modern Day Pirate

Pirates are generally known for making threats, kidnapping hostages, stealing treasure and committing murder on the high seas. While today’s fraudster didn’t threaten, kidnap or murder anyone, he did steal a small fortune from the government by committing $1.7 million in Medicaid fraud over...

Life-Changing Decisions

There are many decisions made in life that can alter our future, including the choice to attend college, move to a new location for a job, get married, or become a parent. The former head of the St. Clair Housing Commission in Michigan made...

Minimal Crime Means Time

There is no gray area when it comes to participating in a crime. It doesn’t matter whether you played a big part or a small part, either you are involved or you aren’t. Today’s “Fraud of the Day” focuses on a Michigan liquor store...

Pulling Fraud Off the Streets

Statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse show that the abuse of prescription opioids costs our Nation $26 billion in health care-related expenses each year. Another $78.5 billion in costs can be attributed to crime, lost work productivity and health care. A Detroit-area...

Enterprising Fraudster

Medicaid billing fraud is a lucrative business for enterprising fraudsters. Perpetrators of this type of fraud are counting on patients and Medicaid claims processors to not examine their billing statements too closely. A doctor in Ohio was running a profitable billing fraud enterprise out...
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