Tuesday, November 29, 2022

ENVISIONING a FUTURE Without Fraud

The CAREs Act was established to provide economic assistance during the global health pandemic. One of the most important pieces of that Act was the PPP loan, which was set up to provide immediate financial assistance to businesses in the form of a Small...

Credit Where Credit Is Due

Fraudsters know a good accountant when they see one, which is probably why Mustafa Qadiri, charged with $5 million COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program fraud, used Bernard Turk instead as his accountant. On July 15, 2022, Turk, a San Fernando Valley accountant pleaded guilty to...

Scams You Haven’t Even Dreamed Of

In the movie “Shawshank Redemption” the lead character, a prisoner named Andy famously says “He’s got scams you haven’t even dreamed of. Kickbacks on his kickbacks. There’s a river of dirty money running through this place.” That is what you could say about real...

One Stolen ID, Three Frauds

On June 11, 2022, the FBI announced that they had shut down a series of websites making about $19 million in revenue by selling stolen data. These websites located on what is called “the DARK web” were selling around 24 million stolen Social Security...

Tax Tricks and Fraudulent Loopholes

Being a professional athlete can be very lucrative. But according to Craig Brown of NKSFB, about 78% of professional athletes go broke after retirement. One way to protect the nest egg is to know the tax loopholes which favor the wealthy. Seir Robinson Havana,...

Selling Cocaine or Committing Fraud, It’s Still Illegal

Finding inspiration for lyric is extremely important for any songwriter. But for Fontrell Antonio Baines, also known as Nuke Bizzle, he should have chosen another muse than stealing from the COVID-19 Unemployment fund. Released in a YouTube music video, Baines claimed he fraudulently took...

Information at Her Fingertips

No one likes a fraudster, but ones who use the identities of the disabled really move into the lowest category of despicable. Tamara Manuel, of Vallejo CA was sentenced, on June 16th, 2022, for carrying out a fraudulent scheme that involved stealing the identities of...

In Doctors We Trust

Patients put their lives in the hands of medical professionals because they are supposed to be experts in healing, trusting that the doctors have their best interests in mind. (Who would want to go to a doctor that knew nothing about your condition or...

Something Fowl in The Golden State

Between 2015 and 2021, Wei Wen Wu, 54, and Feng Wen Lam, 49, of Arcadia, California, underreported $4.4 million in employee payroll for Golden Food Inc., their poultry processing business located in El Monte. By underreporting payroll, Golden Food Inc.’s (GFI) workers’ compensation insurance...

Under the Knife and Under Investigation

A San Fernando Valley woman, Roshanak Khadem, a.k.a. “Roxanne Khadem,” pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges for conspiring to defraud health insurance companies. Khadem did so by filing millions in fraudulent claims submitted for cosmetic procedures that were either not covered by insurance or...
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