Thursday, December 1, 2022

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...

Fraud, Drugs & Money Laundering

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is about a doctor from Alabama who is facing decades in prison after being convicted of 35 charges related to healthcare fraud, illegal drug distribution, and money laundering. A federal court in November rejected his request for a new...

Identity Thief Poses as RN, Endangers Patients

Nurses have historically been viewed as angels of mercy. It was only through luck that a felon from Tennessee who posed as a nurse didn’t become an agent of death before pleading guilty to healthcare fraud, wire fraud, and identity theft. In today’s complex healthcare...

Win-Win Situation

One of the most typical ways providers commit medical billing fraud is by charging for services not provided. Thanks to a retired health care consultant and former administrator who blew the whistle on a Los Angeles-based cancer institute, allegations that the company defrauded public...

Stealing Candy from a Baby

What’s lower than stealing candy from a baby? Two government employees guilty of Women Infants and Children (WIC) program fraud. The WIC program, which falls under the oversight of the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), is a special supplemental nutrition program that...

Squeaky Wheels

For people with serious mobility problems, a powered wheelchair can mean the difference between being homebound or having an active lifestyle. But with the price tag for one around thousands of dollars, most people are at the mercy of insurance to pick up the...

Funny Business

It’s one thing to cause taxpayers to pay for services not covered by Medicare; it’s entirely something else for medical providers to visit homebound patients just so they can bill the government for medically unnecessary services. (That’s just wrong.)Today’s “Fraud of the Day” article...

Welfare Woes

Sometimes people must find out the hard way that’s it’s better to tell the truth than to lie. A Yakima, Wash., woman, who is charged with theft and multiple counts of making false statements to welfare officials over five years, is the focus of...
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