Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Good for What Ails You

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a tax-free monetary benefit to veterans who are disabled as a result of their service to the military. Eligible veterans can receive anywhere from $133 to more than $3,300 per month, based on their level of...

Fraud Hot Spot

The Miami area is known as the epicenter of home health fraud. This is not surprising due to the large number of elderly Medicare beneficiaries who live in the South Florida region. The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has determined that a...

Trafficking Stop

There is a serious black market for food stamps, and the government is even more serious about cracking down on food stamp trafficking. Cleveland.com has the story of a father-and-son team in Ohio, who illegally netted almost a million dollars by trading food stamps...

Fraud On the Move

Fraud can happen anywhere and it appears that criminals are now bringing it to the houses of homebound citizens. A doctor employed by a mobile physician service incorrectly certified patients for home care services when they were not homebound and they didn't require the...

Serious as a Heart Attack

Just as a massive heart attack can cause extensive damage to the heart, a massive fraud attack can also deliver a significant amount of damage. Tax fraud schemes, which are organized by opportunistic criminals, cause large amounts of federal money to be wrongfully disbursed....

Name Game

'If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.'' While it is a great sentiment to take to heart, somebody should have told today's fraudster that it doesn't apply to stealing from the government. The U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia, released an...

Memories Live On

When faced with death, it's hard to say goodbye to a loved one. But, survivors can be comforted by good memories of their dearly departed through pictures and personal items. A former New Jersey man continued to be reminded of his deceased wife each...

Oh My Aching Back

Medicare does not cover the costs of massage therapy; however, it does pay for physical therapy when deemed medically necessary. The operator of several Los Angeles County rehabilitation clinics tried to skirt around Medicare's explicit rules in this area by claiming his patients had...

Taking a Gamble

To participate in Medicare fraud is to take a huge gamble. The odds of winning are not great as a former owner and manager of three Florida home health agencies can testify. The Medicare Strike Force successfully prosecuted him for his role in a...

Taking A Chance

The patients received kickbacks for visiting the clinics where they took sleep and stress tests that were administered by unlicensed and unsupervised personnel. (So people who didn’t know what they were doing gave tests that were not needed. That’s a bit scary.) The two...
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