Wednesday, August 12, 2020

License to Defraud

A medical license is a pretty important piece of paper that allows a physician to legally practice medicine. According to an article in Insurance Journal, the owner of a Houston health clinic used foreign medical students without medical licenses to treat injured patients and...

Crushed By Wheelin’ and Dealin’

It should be a relief to honest citizens to know that bankruptcy isn't simply a get-out-of-jail-free card for fraudsters. According to KentReporter.com, Washington state authorities rolled right over a man who willingly endangered poor and disabled patients when he provided them with used wheelchairs...

Say It Isn’t So

Speech therapists diagnose and treat patients that have communication and swallowing disorders resulting from strokes, brain injuries, hearing loss, developmental delays or other problems. Their job is to create and implement a treatment plan that will improve the patient's quality of life. An article...

Self-directed Fraud

When an on-the-job injury occurs that warrants workers’ compensation benefits, the injured worker is required to visit a licensed physical therapist or chiropractor, who is under the direction of a medical doctor, to participate in a rehabilitation plan that will get them back to...

Forging Ahead

One of the most common schemes used to bilk money from Medicare involves the unnecessary supply of power wheelchairs and medical supply accessories. An article published by The Tyler Morning Telegraph profiles a health care supply company owner who bilked Medicare of more than...

Fraud Conductor

In 2016, Medicaid paid out $26 million for individuals who were deceased, just in one state alone. The federal-state insurance program, which serves the nation 's most underprivileged citizens, has similar problems in other states as well. A Texas physician jumped on the fraud...

When Good Role Models Go Bad

Positive role models are supposed to provide a good example. (They are badly needed today, especially in areas where there are disadvantaged youth.) A press release from the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of the Attorney General details the story of a positive role model...

Two’s Company, Three’s a Crowd and Four’s a Fraud Scheme

There's a saying that ''two's company, three's a crowd.'' This idiom usually is used when two people are seeking privacy and don't want to be bothered. A press release published by the Department of Justice details the illegal activities of two company...

Orthodontist found guilty of more than 1,800 cases of fraud

Imagine earning money for services never performed – and that came from public coffers. That's exactly what Dr. Richard Malouf did, according to Texas Medicaid investigators. Malouf, an orthodontist with several clinics in Dallas, falsely billed Medicaid for services that other doctors performed, some...

COVID Feature: Come Hell or High Water

The Paycheck Protection Program is a part of the recent federal bailout of businesses hurt by the COVID-19-related economic disaster. There have been many attempts to take advantage of this lending program. One of the latest alleged attempts came from Samuel Yates of Maud,...
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