Wednesday, March 3, 2021

High Times

It is legal to plant, grow, cultivate, harvest, and prepare marijuana plants to be sold to consumers in California as long as you have a permit. What is not legal is defrauding the government by avoiding taxes and conducting business in an irresponsible manner. Monica...

COVID Feature: Still Waiting on a Cure

Scientists are months, possibly years away from developing a working coronavirus vaccine due to the amount of strenuous testing and development required. Despite this, some fraudsters are claiming they already have effective “cures” for those suffering from COVID-19. One Southern California man stands accused...

COVID Feature: Not A Pretty Picture

The federal government has doled out billions of dollars in COVID-19 economic stimulus funding and is coming down hard on those who try to defraud the program – even a Hollywood movie producer. FBI agents arrested former Aviron Pictures Chairman William Sadleir for wire fraud,...

Scanning for Medicare Fraud

You’ve probably heard or seen advertisements for body scan services that provide early detection of potentially life-threatening disease. Doctors use 3D images of your body to look for early signs of heart or vascular disease, or cancer. Sometimes during the process, radiologists also detect...

Exposé

It’s possible that Linda Expose, a woman from Stanislaus County, Calif., can see the irony in her last name and the fact that she was recently exposed for committing Social Security fraud. Most people would find that kind of funny, as well as ironic,...

Fraudulent Fugitive

It’s good to be wanted, unless you’re on the federal “Most Wanted” list. David Y. Kim, a former chiropractor from Los Angeles, Ca., was definitely wanted, but by the FBI after he went on the lam. (He was on the run because he willingly...

Sleep Study Fraudster Gets a $2.75M Wake-Up Call

Sleep studies are essential to properly diagnosing and treating sleep issues that can lead to serious medical problems like diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and stroke. (Doctors use the study results to properly prescribe treatment so sleep deprived individuals can get the rest they...

Retired from Fraud

In California, when an employee retires while receiving workers’ compensation benefits, his or her employer must still pay for all medical expenses related to the injury. (If that person is still injured, that is.) A retired employee of a Livingston-based poultry processing plant took...

More Chips Fall in Pacific Hospital Fraud Case

Uncovering fraud against government programs is sometimes like peeling an onion, exposing layer after layer of impropriety from people trying to get rich off others’ misfortune. Such is the case with the on-going adjudication of a medical and workers’ compensation fraud ring tied to Pacific...

He Couldn’t Keep It Going

A Southern California doctor has been ordered to serve 15 months in federal prison for his role in a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme that defrauded California’s workers’ compensation program over several years. Dr. Faustino Bernadett, 65, of Rolling Hills, is among 24 people – mostly physicians...
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