Wednesday, December 2, 2020

No ‘Buttes’ About It

A mental health counselor in Butte, Mont., was charged with 13 counts of Medicaid fraud but made a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to just two of the charges. Dana Trandahl admitted that she billed Medicaid for mental health counseling services never provided to...

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,...

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...

It’s a Numbers Game

Do you excel more in word-oriented games, or number-related games? Or, maybe you're good at both; although, I'm willingly to bet most people are better at one than the other. For fraudsters, the game is all about numbers – from how many false forms...

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.

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...

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.)...

Cheating the System

Cheating – an act to purposely deceive or mislead someone for personal advantage – can have serious consequences. For instance, cheating on a test can cause a student to be expelled from school. Cheating on a spouse can lead to divorce. Cheating the government...

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.

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...
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