Thursday, November 15, 2018

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.

Flying High on Disability Fraud

Millions of people qualify for and receive disability assistance from the Social Security Administration (SSA) for physical or mental conditions that prevent them from working. While many who suffer from disabilities hold legitimate jobs, there are other scoundrels who collect disability benefits and fail...

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.)...

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...

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...

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...

Dead Federal Retirees Paid $120 Million Yearly, Report Says

The Federal Eye Washington Post Blog article documents one dramatic case where a deceased annuitant's son continued to receive federal benefits until 2008 – 37 years after his father's death. O'Keefe blogs: ''Office of Personnel Management (OPM) learned of the improper payments...

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...

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...
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