Monday, November 29, 2021

Bye Bye, La La Land Scam  

The last of a quintet of scam-prone California medical professionals has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud. Five medical professionals at Los Angeles Community clinic concocted a scheme that resulted in $8.4 million in fraudulent Medicaid claims. The criminal team made $6.6...

From Stealing Inmate Identity to Inmate  

Paris Thomas, 33, of San Bernardino, Calif., has been charged for collecting $477,000 in unemployment benefits on behalf of California prison inmates. Thomas filed claims on their behalf, stating the prisoners were unemployed due to the pandemic. (Keep in mind that prison inmates are unemployed and serving time because...

Twisted Testing

Among the many forms of COVID-19 fraud, perhaps none is more insidious than peddling bogus COVID-19 testing. It not only poses risk to the fraud victims, but also to the public at large. Mark Schena, the president of California-based medical technology company Arrayit Corporation,...

False Economy

Being thrifty is a good thing; being so cheap you cheat your employees and scheme to avoid spending on insurance premiums is not. For about three years, Man Tat Szeto, the owner of MT Szeto Construction in California, underreported employees and injuries to avoid...

Fraud on the RISE

All fraudsters are greedy, but some have an unquenchable drive to steal. Look no further than the California chiropractor, Joserodel Zavala Candelario, who scammed Medicare and TRICARE in one scheme, bilked Workers’ Compensation insurers in another, and threw in a side of tax evasion...

A New Low in Used Car Deals

There are undoubtedly many honest used car dealers. Then there’s the California dealer who used several Employer Identification Numbers for the same used car business to apply for multiple Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs). (Wonder how many times...

Tarnished Golden Rule

With Southern California home to some of the nation’s priciest real estate, it seems that construction companies could make a handsome profit without stooping to fraud. But evidently a Simi Valley contractor wanted lower workers compensation insurance premiums—so he just defrauded the State Compensation...

All Greed and No Smarts 

Some fraudsters concoct elaborate schemes, while others rely on the basics from YouTube. When scammers opt for the latter, you would think they’d exercise some caution. (If they found the technique online, so have the good guys.) But some of these folks are all...

An Integrated Approach to Fraud

A California Chiropractor and owner of R.I.S.E Medical Center (RISE Wellness) told patients that his company, which operated in Bonita and Oceanside, offered an “integrated” approach to wellness, which included a host of services such as physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, and diagnostic services. What...

Inadequate Coverage

Workers compensation insurance keeps employees safe. It protects workers who are injured on-the-job by providing basic benefits like medical care, temporary or permanent disability benefits, supplements, and death benefits. Workers compensation insurance also reduces an employer’s risk of being sued by employees. (It’s really...
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