Friday, August 12, 2022

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...

Honesty Makes a Huge Difference

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Cherry Hill Doctor, Son Admit to Medicare Fraud, Authorities Say” published by Cherry Hill Patch. A father and son who are both in the medical field have admitted to their roles in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare by using unqualified people to give physical therapy to Medicare recipients.

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...

Decoupling Fraud

The U.S. Justice Department’s Northern District of California announced that former Antioch police officer Gary Bostick and his wife, Ana Bostick, pleaded guilty to their respective roles in a scheme to illegally obtain money from the United States.

Fraud Is Not Pain Free

Chiropractors use spinal manipulation and other alternative treatments to correct subluxations, or misalignments of the vertebrae. A chiropractor from Brentwood, Missouri used his practice to manipulate the federal government into paying for a bogus ankle orthotic that was never delivered. He probably thought he...

Keep Your Mouth Shut

If you were asked what qualities make someone a good person, what characteristics would you include? Perhaps words like kind, honest, trustworthy, ethical, self-controlled and respectful might make the list. While on the witness stand, an Augusta, Georgia woman considered herself to be a “good person”...

Stealing from Babies

It’s hard to imagine how people can steal food from the mouths of disadvantaged babies and their mothers, but it happens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, for Women, Infants and Children, also known as WIC, is a $6.3...

Habitual Offender

The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports some pretty dismal statistics regarding recidivism, or the tendency for a convicted criminal to commit another crime. This report, which documents repeat offender statistics for state prisoners released in 2005 across 30 states, shows that they were arrested...

Self-licking Ice Cream Cone

Fraud within federal healthcare programs costs taxpayers billions of dollars annually and can put the health and welfare of beneficiaries at risk. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) puts an enormous amount of trust in their medical providers, expecting physicians and other related providers...

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.
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