Saturday, April 4, 2020

Vowing to Fraud

Upon getting married, couples have the option to write their own vows, or recite prewritten vows before the official ''I do.'? I've been to many weddings, and perhaps it's protocol to leave the next statement out, but never have I heard? ''I vow to...

Walking a Crooked Line

Vestibular testing is used to determine if there is something wrong with the inner ear. (It's definitely no walk in the park to be dizzy for prolonged periods of time.) A press release issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation tells about a husband...

Hijacked Credentials

Credentials are important if you want to obtain a certain status, privilege or right. For example, if you want to be recognized as a doctor, you must provide proof that you graduated from medical school and have the appropriate credentials to practice medicine. If...

The Trouble with False Claims

Lying is not always illegal, but the act does carry some serious consequences if it is related to a federal crime. (For instance, it would be best not to tell a lie while under oath with a police officer or a judge.)...

Some Things Go Together

Some things go together like salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, night and day; and then there are fraudsters and their accomplices. An article published in the Star-Telegram describes how a doctor and nurse worked together to defraud Medicare of millions of dollars. The...

The High Price of SIRF

Stolen Identity Tax Refund (SIRF) fraud costs the United States Treasury and law abiding taxpayers billions of dollars. (Perpetrators of SIRF fraud are difficult to catch and prosecute because it is easy to hide behind the anonymity of electronic tax returns.) A story posted...

Faking It Didn’t Make It

You've probably heard the catchphrase ''fake it 'til you make it.'' It suggests that if you are lacking assurance that you can do something, feigning confidence will actually enable you to be confident in your abilities. This works well if you are...

Concrete Confessions

Do you like the expression? ''It's set in stone''? It is great to use when talking about sentencing fraudsters. It is music to my ears to hear: ''The sentencing for fraud is set in stone.'? According to an Amarillo Globe-News article, one...

Elderly Man Collects Deceased Mother’s Social Security Benefits

Each year, fraudulent benefit claims cost the Social Security Administration (SSA) millions of dollars in overpayments. Accepting benefits for a person who is deceased is one of the most common ways the program is defrauded. Today's Fraud of the Day, from the SSA's Office...

Another Piece of the Fraud Puzzle

One of the largest Medicare fraud schemes in history bilked the government of approximately $375 million over a six-year period and allegedly involved 11,000 home health care patients and 500 health care agencies. According to an article in D Healthcare, another piece of...
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