Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Sweet Home Alabama

Medicaid is a state-run insurance program intended to help individuals and families afford health insurance when they may not otherwise be able to. The Medicaid program is also seen as a lucrative target for fraudsters looking to defraud government programs for their own benefit. An...

Doubly Unqualified

The State of Alabama 's Medicaid agency requires mental health counselors to meet specific licensure requirements before providing services to underprivileged patients and submitting claims for reimbursement. The owner of an Alabama counseling business was doubly unqualified to participate in the Medicaid program for...

Breaking the Cycle

The goal of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition by providing monthly benefits to eligible low-income families through electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. An article posted on AL.com tells the story of how a few shoplifted steaks started...

How Not to Become a Millionaire

There is a wealth of information available on how to become a millionaire. Books, magazines and financial blogs abound with great advice, such as: earn more than you spend; save a set percentage of your income each month; or, make regular investments in the...

Stuck on Fraud

Listen to this Story Many consider the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill to be the largest disaster in the history of petroleum. When the environmental catastrophe occurred in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, the explosion and collapse of...

Footing the Fraud Bill

Podiatrists have a complicated and sometimes unpleasant job when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of more than 26 bones, over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments and 33 joints in the foot. A podiatrist in Pennsylvania used his patients to take a load...

Breaking the Sound Barrier

Silence can be incriminating. By not speaking up and telling the truth about a variety of things, five family members residing in California were convicted of defrauding the government of more than $100,000 in housing subsidies they did not deserve. To qualify for Section 8...

Fraudsters Anonymous

There are numerous 12-step programs that exist to help people recover from all sorts of addictions, afflictions and overall bad experiences. (However, to my knowledge, there's no Fraudsters Anonymous to help recovering criminals choose a better line of work.) Montgomery's NBC-affiliate, WSFA, reports that...

Do Whatever You Want

If someone handed you a stack of cash and told you to do whatever you wanted, what would you do? (Would you go on a shopping spree, make a bank deposit or stash it under your mattress for safe keeping?) An article posted on...

Spoofing Fraud

A spoof can be described as a good-humored deception. However, AL.com, describes how one man's crime spoofed 110 victims and their financial institutions by pretending to be someone he wasn't. He stole their personal information and activated or reactivated credit cards in...
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