Friday, December 14, 2018

Money Hungry

People who are “money hungry” will do just about anything to become rich. (Cue visions of luxurious vacations on sandy beaches and frolicking on yachts, while gold coins rain down.) Today’s fraud spotlight shines brightly on a former Montana optometrist who may or may...

Bluffing in Butte

The city of Butte, Montana was named after a nearby peak, Big Butte, which was referred to as “the richest hill on earth.” (Rich mineral deposits – like gold – attracted settlers to the area in the late 1800’s.) According to today’s fraud article,...

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.

Outlaw Biker

A former state employee recently pleaded guilty to attempting to fraudulently obtaining workers’ compensation from his employer for a knee injury that he did not actually receive on the job.

A Fraud Duffer

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Golfing leads to workers comp fraud conviction” published by Business Insurance. A Montana man who was videotaped lifting furniture and playing golf while collecting workers compensation benefits pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal theft and will have to pay back nearly $27,500.

Janitor with a Dirty Record

Workers' compensation insurance helps workers pay medical and living expenses in the event they become injured on the job and can no longer work. (It's important to note that the injury must be accidental – not intentional – in order to qualify for compensation.)...

Sleight of Hand

The term ''sleight of hand'' refers to someone who quickly and cleverly moves their hands in such a manner that tricks someone into believing something happened when it really didn't. A Montana Department of Justice press release describes how a business owner used the...

Kneading Fraud

Workers' compensation claims can cover a wide spectrum of injuries sustained while on-the-job. Sometimes, fraudsters can get creative with their attempts to obtain payments they don't deserve by making up stories of how they were hurt while at work. An article posted on KBZK.com...

Can’t You Hear the Whistle Blow

Government benefit programs rely on the honesty and integrity of insiders to report fraud, waste and abuse. Large financial rewards can be given to whistleblowers who share any information that may be helpful in stopping the misuse of benefits intended for qualified beneficiaries. Today's...

Betting on a Back-up

According to an article published on KTVQ.com, the former welfare director for the Blackfeet Tribe's Temporary Assistance to Need Families (TANF) program wasn't counting on getting caught for embezzling government funds. Fortunately for taxpayers, she forgot to think about how to get rid of...
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