Saturday, May 21, 2022

No Services Rendered

An Arkansas-based speech therapist has pleaded guilty to Medicaid fraud for billing the state health insurance program in the names of children who did not receive services. The 44-year-old woman, who owns a speech therapy clinic in Benton, billed the program for more than $64,000...

From Lovebirds to Jailbirds

An Arkansas couple has pleaded guilty to attempting to fraudulently secure COVID-19 relief funds. James Read, 44, and his wife, Crystal Payne, 42, both of Mountain Home, Ark., admitted in federal court to attempting to secure Payment Protection Program (PPP) loans they did not...

When It Rains, It Pours

In Fayetteville, Ark., Amanda Dawn Rains, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, health care fraud, fraud to obtain federal employees’ compensation, and illegal remunerations (paying kickbacks). (When fraud rains, it pours.) The former billing director for a...

Dirty Politicians

Normally, knowing the right people and having the right connections can help a company flourish.  (That is if your connections are not corrupt politicians, fellow fraudsters, or greedy businessmen.) The Medicaid scandal that is rocking Little Rock, Arkansas involves former Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson and...

Abandoned

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced the conviction of a Pocola, Oklahoma man for Medicaid fraud. Shawn Howard pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Circuit Court and was sentenced to five years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC), with an additional 15 years suspended.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Many genes can filter down through generations of families. Some family members might end up with hazel eyes, thick hair, or height that can contribute to a college basketball scholarship, while others might find themselves with less desirable genes that contribute to receding hairlines....

Dependent on Fraud

Under the Arkansas Medicaid program, the Independent Choices Program offers in-home care services to eligible beneficiaries. This program supports a more independent lifestyle by enabling participants to have a wider range of personal choice over who they hire, while offering more financial control over...

COVID Feature: Caught, Charged, Convicted, and Sentenced

Can you believe that it has been nearly a year since Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act? (Either time flies when you’re having fun or more realistically, it comes to a standstill when a pandemic takes over the world.) The...

COVID Feature: Loaning Myself Some Money

 A Little Rock, Ark., woman was sentenced to time in federal prison after fraudulently obtaining nearly $2 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, which were intended to provide relief for small businesses affected by COVID-19. (Not relieve the strain on her pocketbook.) Ganell...

This Little Piggy Goes to Prison

A Little Rock Arkansas woman was sentenced in March 2021 to 41 months in prison for COVID-19 fraud. In April 2020, Ganell Tubbs applied for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, claiming that her company, Suga Girl Customs, paid nearly $1.4 in compensation during...
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