Friday, June 25, 2021

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...

Like Father, Like Son

A father-son duo has been sentenced for their roles in defrauding Affordable Care Act (ACA) programs in at least 12 states. California residents Jeffery White, 63, and Nicholas White, 35, admitted to participating in a scheme that resulted in more than $27 million in...

Emotional Turmoil

Antonio Olivera was sentenced for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme that resulted in $28 million in fraudulent claims. Olivera worked as an administrator for a Southern California-based home health and hospice agency, Mhiramarc Management LLC (Mhiramarc), during the time the Medicare fraud...

COVID Feature: Home Sweet Home

The unemployment rate in April 2020 rose to a record high of 14.7 percent, just a few months after the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the highest rate and largest monthly increase in the history...

Something’s Shifty

Julio Lopez, of Los Angeles, Calif., and formerly of Worcester, Mass., pleaded guilty to workers compensation fraud for his role in a scheme to hide cash wages from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). (Everyone knows that it’s not a good idea to hide anything...

COVID Feature: The Wages of Fraud is Prison

Raymond Magana, 40, of Santa Clarita, Ca., pleaded guilty to one count of fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency benefits. Magana admitted that he fraudulently obtained more than $1 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans by submitting fake tax documents and...

True Abilities

Firefighters are heroes. They sacrifice their lives to save others in peril. They control and extinguish fires and rescue people and animals from dangerous situations. These brave people need to be in really good shape and know how to handle heavy equipment. (The job...

Able, Just Not Willing

Unemployment insurance provides payments to those who are unable to secure employment through no fault of their own. Unfortunately, this benefits program is seen by fraudsters as an opportunity to line their own pockets. Angela Stubblefield of Tacoma, Wash., has been sentenced for filing fraudulent...
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