Friday, January 21, 2022

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...

California Scheming

A Lancaster, California day care operator who conspired with her daughters to commit child care fraud has been sentenced following a plea agreement. Cathy Denice Pullum received four years in prison and, with daughters Ashley Ann Collins and Taylor Louise Lind, must pay about...

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...

Customer Disservice

A judge recently sentenced a California-based Social Security Administration employee to 15 months in federal prison for committing Social Security fraud. She must also repay $176,000 – the amount she stole from 10 Social Security beneficiaries. (The very people she was paid to help). It’s...

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...

Deli Delivers a Side of Food Stamp Fraud

Two operators of a deli in Rochester, N.Y, supplemented their profits through food stamp fraud. Hicham Khallad and Karim Euchi let customers trade Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in exchange for cigarettes and other non-food items. (Did they think government benefits were supposed...

Not Above the Law

Even beauty queens and media commentators are not spared the penalty for defrauding government programs. Karyn Turk, a media commentator and former Mrs. Florida 2016, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of Social Security fraud and was sentenced by a U.S. magistrate in Florida...
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