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Patient Fraudsters

Puerto Rico is just a hop, skip and a jump from the Dominican Republic where today’s fraudster hails from. We’re not sure how the man, who lives in Lynn, Massachusetts, acquired the identities of his Puerto Rican victims, but he and 24 others got caught...

Desperate

Desperation sometimes causes people to do things that they wouldn’t ordinarily do to survive. We don’t know the background on how a Saco, Maine woman ended up homeless, but we do know that she committed nearly $86,000 in Social Security fraud by exploiting her children who...

Games People Play

There are two types of mind games. Individuals who want to maintain a healthy brain keep their mind active by completing activities such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku, learning how to play a musical instrument or doing something they’ve never done before. The other type of mind...

Traumatic Fraud

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Disability Insurance Benefits Program provides monetary benefits to eligible individuals who have worked and paid taxes. (An individual must be deemed medically disabled and unable to work in order to receive monthly cash benefits). A Shreveport, Louisiana doctor committed Social Security Disability fraud...

Survivor Benefits

The Social Security Administration (SSA) makes it pretty clear about what to do when someone who receives Social Security benefits dies. First, if there is a surviving spouse, they must report their loved one’s death to the agency. (Usually the funeral home will take care of...

Living Arrangements

Supplemental Security Income (SSI), a program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), helps disabled Americans meet their basic financial needs. As you might expect there are many requirements that must be met in order to receive SSI benefits, one of which is living arrangements. An Effingham,...

The Mechanics of Fraud

Social Security disability fraud costs taxpayers billions of dollars per year. One of the most common ways scammers steal from the government program is by hiding the fact they are working while collecting undeserved benefits. (Otherwise known as double-dipping.) A Northfield, New Hampshire mechanic...

Selfish Endeavor

For individuals who must support a family, becoming disabled can be very difficult. Not only is it hard for the person who is disabled, but also for family members who are impacted. (Without a paycheck, how do you eat and pay the rent?) Fortunately,...

Party Pooper

It all started with a stroke at age 40 and a thyroid cancer diagnosis. A North Philly mom vowed to give her son everything possible, because life is short. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania mother spared no expense to give her only child a prom “send-off”...

Appearances are Deceiving

Appearances can be deceiving. A Western Michigan man is the focus of our fraud article today because he gave the appearance that he was a well-respected community business owner who also served on several committees for the state Governor’s office. Meanwhile, he was committing...
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