Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Rubbed the Wrong Way

According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), Alaska has the unfortunate honor of having some of the highest medical costs in the U.S., which also translates into the highest workers’ compensation premium costs in the nation. (The higher the medical bills, the...

Fraud Dispenser

In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the U.S. opioid prescribing rate was 58.7 per 100 people. The good news is that number translates into the lowest rate in more than a decade. (The bad news is that more...

Fender Bender

Just as a guard rail on a highway prevents cars from running off the road, the justice system serves as a guardrail by preventing fraudsters from running amok and inflicting more damage on their victims. Today’s fraudster from Sanborn, New York committed workers’ compensation...

Fraud Bites

Dental hygienists have several occupational risks they must consider when going to work each day. There’s the possibility of contracting infections, exposure to radiation and anesthetic gases and even repetitive motion injuries. (Not to mention being bitten by unhappy patients.) A Lynwood, Washington woman...

Impaired Thinking

There are lots of things that can cause impaired thinking – sleep deprivation, alcohol and drug use, certain medications or diseases, and then there’s just plain stupidity. Two Texans, who worked for a company that determined workers’ compensation benefit eligibility, weren’t thinking logically when...

Correction

The intention behind correction is to foster improvement. Teachers correct children’s homework to help them learn; parents correct children to influence good behavior; and, law enforcement officers correct offenders by imposing appropriate punishment such as community service, jail time, fines and restitution to rehabilitate...

Pulling the Wool Over Your Eyes

Judges during the early history of the United States used to wear powdered wigs made of wool, mirroring their counterparts in British courts. When an unscrupulous individual was said to be “pulling the wool over someone’s eyes” in court, it meant that they were...

Benefits of Blowing the Whistle

Whistleblowers are individuals who provide information that exposes wrongdoing. In the United States, whistleblowers can file lawsuits on behalf of the government through the False Claims Act, which imposes liability on those who defraud government programs. Thanks to a brave former employee, a doctor...

Tightly Knit

Families who are tightly knit do lots of things together such as run marathons, take nice vacations, and even start businesses together. Today’s fraudster, who was an attorney from Grand Prairie, Texas, opened several businesses with family members with the sole intent to defraud....

Where Everyone Knows Your Name

The place where everybody knows your name once referred to the iconic Bostonian bar in the hit television show, Cheers. In today’s fraud article, that place happens to be Facebook, the bane of existence for a Lakewood, Ohio bartender who publicized the fact she...
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