Thursday, October 6, 2022

Home Sweet Home – or Two

Louisiana citizens can take advantage of a Homestead tax exemption for a home that’s their primary residence; accordingly, they must register and vote in the district in which that residence is located. In a confusing case of either homestead fraud—or perhaps voter registration fraud—the...

Compounding Ill-Gotten Gains

Compounded medications are custom mixed for individual patients, and often carry a correspondingly high price tag. That evidently makes them temping fodder for healthcare fraud. Three Oklahoma marketers decided that potential profits merited hefty physician kickbacks in a prescription fraud scheme. (It appears their...

Unpaid Taxes Sends CEO to Prison

The saying, “Nothing is certain except for death and taxes,” is an undisputed truth recognized by nearly everyone. If you owe money to the IRS, they may work with you on late filing or to create a payment schedule, but make no mistake, they...

Dialing for Medicare Dollars

A New Jersey physician pleaded guilty in September 2019 in one of the nation’s largest healthcare and Medicare fraud cases to date. Joseph DeCorso admitted that he worked for two so-called telemedicine companies, writing orders for medically unnecessary orthotic braces for Medicare beneficiaries. The beneficiaries...

Visa Switcheroo

The owner of a North Dakota firm that purported to help employers find employees under temporary visa programs pleaded guilty to immigration fraud in November 2019. Catherina Knecht (also known as Catherina Rheeder), owner of Liberty Immigrations & Visas, fraudulently obtained visas for foreign...

Black-Hearted Heart Testing

A Framingham, Massachusetts company agreed in November 2019 to pay more than $26 million as part of a settlement for alleged healthcare fraud. From 2015 to 2017, Laboratory Boston Heart Diagnostics Corporation (Boston Heart) purportedly conspired with others in a massive, complex scheme to...

Fraudulent Storm Claim Demolished

Florida resident Deannajo White pleaded guilty in Jacksonville on January 2020 to disaster fraud for FEMA claims she submitted following Hurricane Irma in 2017. She faces up to 30 years in federal prison, plus restitution to the United States. In September 2017, White applied for...

No Defense for Ignorance

There is a saying that ignorance of the law is no excuse for committing a crime. A grandmother from Massachusetts will soon find out how that defense holds up in court. She faces 10 years in prison for committing Social Security fraud. Shirley Daley, of...

Genetic Testing Gone Bad

A Pennsylvania lab owner is pleading guilty to charges around a Medicare fraud scheme that yielded approximately $60 million in reimbursements to his labs in less than a year. Ravitej Reddy paid out-of-state marketing companies to convince thousands of Medicare patients to submit samples...

How It All Played Out

The Washington, DC-based Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) was founded to promote morale, welfare, and quality of life for military families. Instead, AFF’s former president and executive director stole foundation funds and committed tax fraud to elevate her own quality of life. A federal jury convicted...
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