Thursday, June 30, 2022

COVID-19 Fraud

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing us to navigate unchartered waters. Fraud related to this outbreak is no exception. Get the latest headlines here to stay informed.

Dynamic Duo

When you think of dynamic duos, Batman and Robin might come to mind. A former naturopathic doctor from Port Angeles, Wash., claimed his product named “Dynamic Duo”, could “crush” viruses such as COVID-19 and MRSA, and treat a variety of serious diseases, all for...

Temporary Fraud

In a short period of time COVID-19 has certainly left an impression on all of us – one we will not likely forget anytime soon. Similarly, while a fraudulent crime can reap lots of money over a short period of time, the repercussions are...

No Work, No Pay

There are a few ways to make money and not work. You could try out your luck in Las Vegas or play the lottery (although it is unlikely that you will win big), be independently wealthy, or collect unemployment. That’s what Daniel Maleus, 33,...

International Fraud Ring

Why should Americans be the only beneficiaries of COVID-19-related unemployment benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act? That’s a question that two Fort Branch, Ind., women may have asked themselves before agreeing to participate in a well-organized Nigerian fraud...

Pandemic Pie

Ever had a craving for pie? Perhaps apple pie a la mode or pumpkin pie with whipped cream sounds delicious to you at this time of the year. There’s a relatively new flavor of pie that has gained the attention of many unscrupulous individuals...

Buckle Your Seatbelt

Buckle your seatbelt, folks. Today’s fraud case is a doozy. Michael C. Moller, 42 of Middletown, R.I. not only committed four armed bank robberies while on home confinement for a previous tax fraud conviction, but he also stole more than $4.7 million in Paycheck...

A Vaccination for Fraud

It’s hard to find anyone that actually likes receiving shots. But apparently a San Juan, Puerto Rico pharmacy owner really likes to give them, even when illegal. Liz Ann Banchs, owner and president of Farmacia Gabriela, Inc., pleaded guilty to health care fraud for...

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

Many Americans desperately want their lives to return to normal as soon as possible. Some are willing to do just about anything to make that happen, even if they end up committing a crime. (Desperate times call for desperate measures.) Two defendants in Michigan...

Never Waste a Crisis

In early 2020, severe shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as N95 masks, gloves, and gowns occurred when the COVID-19 virus created a very large and immediate demand. While manufacturers tried to boost production to increase supplies, fraudsters jumped in and created scams...

A Slice of Fraud Justice

The former CEO of Passport Pizza, who previously managed a dozen locations across Michigan’s Macomb County, has finally been served a slice of justice after being convicted of bank fraud. Michael Bischoff, 60, of Macomb Township, was sentenced to 32 months in prison and must...
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