Saturday, May 21, 2022

Minimize

For some people, living a minimalist lifestyle means having a happier life. This is not so for the owner of a pharmacy in Red Bud, Illinois and his wife. After the pharmacist was charged with healthcare fraud, his wife tried to minimize their connection with the...

Fraud, Drugs & Money Laundering

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is about a doctor from Alabama who is facing decades in prison after being convicted of 35 charges related to healthcare fraud, illegal drug distribution, and money laundering. A federal court in November rejected his request for a new...

Bagging Fraud

A Parkland business owner has been convicted of food stamp fraud after an investigation involving undercover agents from the Department of Agriculture and FBI. Elias Estephane, who owned two specialty meat stores, faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $10,000,

A Different Kind of Bank Robber

Not all bank robbers wear a black ski mask and enter through the front doors toting a firearm. Some operate smugly from within the walls of a financial institution, concealing that they are diligently transferring funds to bank accounts they manage. Today’s fraudster is a former...

Florida DCF is Fighting Fraud—it’s not a matter of if we catch you, it’s...

Florida DCF is Fighting Fraud—it's not a matter of if we catch you, it's when A few weeks ago, I stood alongside partner agencies and law enforcement to announce new anti-fraud initiatives we are putting in place at the Department of Children and Families (DCF)....

Quick Study

While the Department of Education distributes around $150 billion in student financial aid on an annual basis, tens of millions of dollars go to fraudsters who apply for student aid using stolen identities. (To say that is a lot of money is an understatement.) A Danville,...

Put On Your Thinking Cap

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Palm Harbor oncologist gets nearly six years in prison for smuggling chemo drugs from overseas” published by the Tampa Bay Times.

A Big Catch in the Big Easy

Listen to this Story How many fraudulent Medicare claims is too many? (The correct answer should be only one.) According to The Advocate, two doctors and one nurse employed by a New Orleans area home healthcare business submitted approximately...

Fraudulent Air

According to the Mayo Clinic, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is used to treat decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. It can also be used to treat serious infections, air bubbles in veins and arteries, and wounds that won’t heal. The owner of a...

Customer Disservice

A judge recently sentenced a California-based Social Security Administration employee to 15 months in federal prison for committing Social Security fraud. She must also repay $176,000 – the amount she stole from 10 Social Security beneficiaries. (The very people she was paid to help). It’s...
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