Tuesday, November 29, 2022

CEO of Fraud and Forgery

The CEO of a Long Beach, Calif., substance abuse treatment program has been sentenced after pleading guilty to participating in a healthcare insurance fraud scheme in which he exploited at-risk youths. (Isn’t that just like a fraudster?) Richard Mark Ciampa, 67, of Commerce, admitted to...

Kickback and Relax in Prison

Akop Atoyan, 48, of California has pleaded guilty to two counts of healthcare fraud. Atoyan and his wife, Liana Karapetyan, owned ANG Health Care Inc., Excel Home Healthcare Inc., and Excel Hospice Inc. As owners of these Sacramento-based home healthcare and hospice agencies, the husband-and-wife...

A New Tesla but Still No Getaway Car

Lebnitz Tran, 40, of San Jose, Calif., has been charged for plotting to fraudulently submit loan applications through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). He was hoping he could receive millions of dollars in Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) relief funds. (Well, his hopes were...

Back to the Big House

Neither snow nor sleet nor rain nor incarceration can keep some dedicated scammers from launching a fraud. Inmate Sholanda Thomas and parolee Christina Smith were indicted for allegedly cooking up a scheme to take advantage of the COVID-19 boost in unemployment benefits at the...

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...

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...
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