Sunday, September 19, 2021

Breach of Trust

A Bridgeport, Conn., woman is spending the holidays behind bars and will have to pay more than $1.3 million for her role in an identity theft scheme that defrauded the Medicaid and Social Security benefits programs. The 46-year-old reported to prison in September and will...

Pinky Promise

When Medicaid providers accept new patients, they essentially make a promise to provide good care and to protect their healthcare records and personally identifiable information. While the operators of two businesses in Bridgeport, Connecticut that offered social and psychotherapy services to their patients appeared...

So Much for Caring

Medicaid provides comprehensive coverage for children with behavioral health needs, making treatment affordable for low income families. The owner of a former New Haven, Connecticut behavioral health clinician group deceptively called Caring Family Solutions carried out a Medicaid fraud scheme that stole $100,000 in a very...

Teamwork

Defrauding takes teamwork. Today’s fraudster from Bridgeport, Connecticut teamed up with other unscrupulous individuals (and that’s putting it nicely) to steal the Medicaid provider numbers of two licensed healthcare providers. One co-conspirator contributed the personally identifiable information of more than 100 Medicaid clients from...

Thank You for Not Frauding

The history of “buttlegging,” or cigarette smuggling, is unfortunately rather established on the east coast of the US. The practice has commonly been used by organized crime and terrorist organizations to defraud the government of money and raise illicit funds. In fact,...

Family Therapy

Family plays an important role in how its members develop emotionally, physically and spiritually, because each individual is impacted by other family members. Sometimes, there is a need to address mental health concerns that affect the family as a whole, including issues such as...

The Dark Side

A recent study suggests that 25 percent of Bitcoin users are associated with illegal activity. Today’s fraudster from Illinois fits into that category. He committed identity theft fraud by purchasing the identities of people in 38 states from the dark web using Bitcoin, then...

The Old Switcheroo

A confidence trick or game is a deceptive tactic where an individual attempts to gain the trust of a victim by taking advantage of the human psyche. A Bristol, Connecticut social services business owner took advantage of her psychotherapy patients and their psyches by...

The Medicaid Tooth Fairy

The tooth fairy makes losing teeth a much more tolerable experience. (Kids know they’re going to wake up with a couple of bucks under their pillow, so why not embrace the pain for a reward at the end.) A Connecticut dentist blew the whistle...

Bad Habit

Everyone has a vice, whether it be procrastination, bingeing on Netflix, spending too much time on social media, or something much worse. A Waterbury, Connecticut man, who admitted he had a heroin habit, conspired with his ex-wife to support this bad habit by lying...
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