Sunday, March 7, 2021

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...

COVID Feature: Poor Little Rich Boy

Miami is typically known for its beaches and all-night parties. Unfortunately, it’s getting a new reputation for being home to fraudsters looking to exploit loans intended for those financially suffering due to COVID-19. David Tyler Hines of Miami, Fl., is charged with bank fraud for...

Dr. Fraud

Sadly, it is not uncommon for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to be the perpetrators responsible for fraudulently billing Medicare for hundreds of millions of dollars each year. (So much for the Hippocratic Oath.) Dr. Michael J Ligotti of Delray Beach, Fl., was...

Broke and Homeless

Those within the nursing profession take the ‘Nightingale Pledge’ swearing to adhere to a code of ethics that states they will never knowingly cause harm to someone in their care. One Florida- based nursing assistant has been accused of disregarding her pledge so she...

COVID Feature: No One Else to Blame

Today’s fraudster has no one to blame but himself if he is convicted of fraud. Carlos Belone, 37, of Coconut Creek, Florida is charged with wire and healthcare fraud along with making false statements to a financial institution. Belone, who owns R&S Pharmacy, allegedly...

Brace Yourself

Most fraudsters are lazy, but opportunistic at the same time. You can be sure that they will do their best to make as much money as possible without much effort. The story behind a Wellington, Fl., internist turned fraudster doesn’t fit this typical description....

Complex Situation

A typical workers’ compensation fraud case either involves a worker who fakes an injury to receive benefits, an employee who double dips by working another job while collecting benefits, or an employer who fails to pay insurance premiums. Today’s case involves a Vero Beach, Florida man...
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