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Multiple Fraud and Other Offenses

Overprescribed

There's a pill for just about everything. In fact, there were 4.36 billion prescriptions dispensed in the United States in 2015.A Miami psychiatrist did more than just overprescribe medication to his patients, he dispensed anti-psychotic drugs for the purpose of helping his patients game...

A Mission of Omission

The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments for children with disabilities. Children that are younger than 18 must have a physical or mental condition that seriously limits their activity to qualify under the agency’s definition of disability. Another requirement...

Guest Writer: Richard Ainsworth

Sales suppression, also known as skimming, is an old retail fraud. A businessman simply keeps two tills. He rings up some sales for the record, and other sales are either not rung up at all or handled through an open cash drawer. Technology has changed...

Trafficking Welfare, Taking Names

When you imagine what an identity thief would do with your stolen information, buying food stamps might not be the first thing that comes to mind. (What kind of shopping spree is that?) But put yourself in the mind of a criminal who schemes...

Fraudulent Driving Conditions

Responsible drivers know that when you get into a fender bender, you pull over and exchange insurance information with the other driver. But what happens when the other driver has a bogus insurance card? It's fortunate that in today's Fraud of the Day story,...

A Novel Idea

Sometimes, an idea for an intriguing novel comes from real life. Form a plot around a love relationship between a celebrity, her fugitive boyfriend and their lavish lifestyle; add in a police detective gone rogue, stolen money, deception and voilà – you have...

Shame on Me

WZZM13, a Michigan ABC affiliate, recently reported on a $1 million healthcare scam involving a physician's assistant, who was caught not only receiving illegal referral kickbacks, but also prescribing drugs to his own romantic partners, to patients with whom he shared the drugs and...

Preying on the Poor

Thieves don't usually target the poor for tangible goods; however, everyone has something of worth – even the financially disadvantaged. Personal identification information is a hot commodity and can pay out big rewards to identity thieves, who really don't care how much they get...

Pretend Play Doesn’t Pay

Most children spend their early years learning how to pretend play. Whether creating adventures with imaginary friends, playing house or make believe, children explore their environment and bring order to their world by using their imagination. Pretend play usually tapers off during the elementary...

The Unique Faces of Fraud

Just like every fingerprint is different, the same goes for faces. Each face has unique features that identify an individual – such as the distance between the eyes, the shape of the nose or the depth of a person's eye sockets. According...
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