Friday, February 26, 2021

P-hony Medicare Billing

For more than a year, a Pennsylvania physician and medical group billed Medicare thousands of dollars for surgically implanting neurostimulator electrodes – a procedure that typically requires an operating room. Instead, they allegedly performed outpatient Medicare fraud by affixing “P-Stim” acupuncture devices behind the...

Perfectly Corrupt Storm

FEMA’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) Program is intended to provide disaster relief funding for emergency home repairs. Juli Campbell, the owner of a Puerto Rican contracting company, instead saw it as an opportunity to line her pockets through disaster fraud after Hurricane...

Identity Theft Begins at Home

A Connecticut man who committed identify theft was convicted for a scheme in which he obtained loans and then filed bankruptcy using another person’s identity. Joel C. Riley used a woman’s name and personal information to fraudulently obtain loans without her knowledge or permission....

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...
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