Thursday, December 8, 2022

Making Ends Meet

Sometimes, it’s hard to make ends meet when more money is flowing out than in. With some careful planning though, most people can manage to pay the bills and save a little on the side by simply adhering to a budget or getting a second...

Working at Not Having a Job

In order to legally collect unemployment benefits in California, an individual must have past earnings that meet certain minimum thresholds; be unemployed through no fault of their own; and, be able, available and actively seeking a job. An Anaheim, California woman circumvented this well-defined process by...

Home Almost Alone

There are many reasons why people commit fraud. Some are focused only on themselves and think they are entitled to things or benefits they do not deserve. Others are under intense pressure to pay the bills and make ends meet. A woman from Greene...

Reality Show

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Employees’ tax dollars spent on reality show dream, personal expenses for company owners.” Two brothers from St. Paul, accused of using public healthcare money to furnish their lavish lifestyles, pleaded guilty to fraud and tax charges after reaching plea agreements with federal prosecutors.

The Nerve of Them

Fraudsters have some nerve to think that they can steal from government health care programs and get away with it. A Detroit-area doctor and owner of a medical billing company were quite confident in their abilities to steal $28 million from Medicare, but fortunately...

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

Life is usually not fair and it rarely goes the way we expect. But, that doesn't mean it's o.k. to commit a crime to ease a financial burden. (That should never be an option, but desperate times often call for desperate measures.) A Kentucky...

Part of the Problem

After a recent health care fraud crackdown, two Austin, Texas, psychologists and a patient recruiter from Cedar Park, Texas, were charged with health care fraud. The trio was part of a larger scheme including 115 doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners who allegedly bilked...

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...

Medicare Manicures

Ocala podiatrist Dr. Michael Rotstein, 55, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of healthcare fraud. Rotstein billed Medicare and TRICARE for a service that he called “removal of skin and muscle,” but which federal prosecutors said often was just “routine foot care, including the clipping of toenails.”

Robin Hood Would Be Ashamed

Hiring a home healthcare aide to take care of a loved one can be an overwhelming process. Many people go through an agency because potential candidates are usually thoroughly vetted (emphasis on “usually”) and replacements can be made if they are not satisfactory. Unfortunately,...
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