Friday, July 30, 2021

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Telehealth has become a very important and viable way for patients to receive medical care and advice, especially in light of the current global pandemic. (And, as you might guess, where there’s a new technology that helps to provide service to government beneficiaries, there’s...

Eligible for Prison

Nathan LaParl, 34, of Boca Raton, Fla., recently pleaded guilty to one count of receiving kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program and one count of violating the HIPAA statute. LaParl was involved in a durable medical equipment (DME) fraud scheme that...

Hit Head On

Issaac Newton supposedly discovered gravity when he was sitting under a tree and an apple fell on his head. A modern-day comparison could be made to a sprinkler falling near a woman’s head and the woman having her own “aha” moment about how to...

Take Off the White Coat

A Florida doctor has pleaded guilty to more than 50 counts of healthcare fraud after admitting to actively deceiving patients and performing unnecessary medical procedures. (Not exactly an area in which you want to be an overachiever.) Dr. Moses de-Graft Johnson, who is a...

Hand in the Cookie Jar

A group of healthcare professionals, including doctors and laboratory owners, admitted to defrauding Medicare out of millions of dollars through a kickback-induced genetic testing scheme. Edward Kostishion of Lakeland, Fla., recently pleaded guilty to a superseding information charging him with two counts of conspiracy to...

COVID Feature: A Missed Shot

A high school basketball coach from Fort Lauderdale has been accused of defrauding relief programs intended for those impacted financially by the coronavirus pandemic. Terrance Williams has been arrested and charged on numerous counts of financial crimes related to defrauding COVID-19 relief programs out...

An Inside Job

The most common perpetrator of a healthcare fraud scheme is someone within the healthcare profession. This is the case in today’s fraud story, which explains how a man who owned a medical equipment company targeted and defrauded Medicare beneficiaries.  Colombian national Juan Buitrago pleaded guilty...

COVID Feature: In for a Penny, In for a Pound

The government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020 to provide financial assistance to those who were impacted by COVID-19. Fraudsters have since used the nation’s vulnerability to take advantage of the programs and resources authorized by the...

“F” Is for Fraud

Federal student aid provides financial assistance so that higher education can be more readily available to students. Some fraudsters seek to exploit federal aid programs by fraudulently taking out loans using other’s names. (Fraudsters seeking to take advantage of Federal student loan programs receive...

COVID Feature: The Fraud That Broke the Chiropractor’s Back

People visit chiropractors when their spine is out of alignment or there is something wrong with their musculoskeletal system. The general expectation is to leave the chiropractor feeling better after an adjustment, not to be robbed and left thousands of dollars in debt. (That...
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