Monday, November 28, 2022

Heartless Cardiologist Puts Greed Before Patients

A Kentucky cardiologist pressured and lied to patients—causing them unnecessary pain and medical risk—to perpetrate health care fraud. Dr. Anis Chalhoub was found guilty of implanting medically unnecessary pacemakers in his patients and fraudulently billing them and the follow-up care to Medicaid, Medicare and...

Quid Pro Quo

The Latin term “quid pro quo” translates into “something for something.” (In other words, it means, “if you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.”) A New Orleans, Louisiana woman committed Medicare fraud through a quid pro quo arrangement involving two Louisiana psychiatrists. While no...

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...

Needs vs. Wants

There is a definite difference between needs and wants. Needs are things required for living like food, shelter, water, or healthcare. Wants are desires for things or services that are not necessary, but what we’d like to have. Some people need opioids to legitimately...

More than a Slice of Pizza

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Wayne Restaurateur Giuseppe DiMeo Guilty In Tax Fraud Case: Feds,” published by Radnor Patch. Giuseppe "Pino" DiMeo, 49, changed his initial not guilty plea to guilty on two counts of conspiring to defraud the IRS and nine counts of filing false tax returns, according to Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen.

Compounding Problems

Pharmaceutical sales can be a rewarding and lucrative career field. But when the desire for profits trumps following the law, sales reps can go to jail. A 45-year-old Camden, N.J., man is facing 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count each of...

A Bad Dream Come True

The road to becoming a naturalized citizen is not easy. The U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has well-defined steps that spell out how to lawfully become a U.S. citizen. (For some immigrants, it can take years, a good immigration lawyer, and a lot...

A 27-Year “Mistake”

An Ohio man pleaded guilty in 2019 to Social Security Fraud after spending his mother’s social security checks for 27 years after she died… and before the Social Security Administration (SSA) finally discovered and stopped his scheme in 2017. (Is anyone else concerned that...

A Mission of Omission

The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments for children with disabilities. Children that are younger than 18 must have a physical or mental condition that seriously limits their activity to qualify under the agency’s definition of disability. Another requirement...

Big Boo Boo

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Phenix City resident convicted of stolen identity fraud ring that sought $26 million,” posted on AL.com. A Phenix City resident was convicted by a federal jury for stealing the identities of soldiers, state prisoners and teenagers in a scheme that sought $26 million in false tax returns.
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