Thursday, December 2, 2021

A $20 Million Lie

Dr. Richard Davidson, 42, of Florida has been sentenced to six years behind bars for conspiring with others to commit healthcare fraud. (Unfortunately, he is just one among many fraudsters who enjoy taking government healthcare benefits from those who truly need them.) Davidson worked with...

From Luxury Hotels to Prison Cells

Danielle Miller of Miami, 31, Fla., has been indicted for allegedly lying on her pandemic-related loan applications so she could obtain Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) funds and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Then, she used the ill-gotten funds to pay for personal expenses. (In...

Using Groceries for Personal Gain

Russel Leroy Dotson, Jr., 63, of Jacksonville, Fla., and his wife, Maria Luisa Dotson, 66, have been sentenced after conspiring to commit wire fraud against the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Dotson couple owned two Asmarina Food Mart locations in...

Hemorrhaging Money

Fraudsters are always looking for ways to fraudulently make money off of the Medicare program. A prime example is the president and owner of a wound care supplier who changed data on Medicare claims to inflate payments for his company’s supplies from at least...

Therapists, Heal Thyselves?

Former Florida residents Stephanie Lynn Fleming and Helen Elizabeth Storey of Waldorf, Md., were convicted of healthcare fraud conspiracy, healthcare fraud, and aggravated identity theft for a Medicaid scheme carried out in Storey’s North Florida Mental Health (NFMH) business in Tallahassee. Fleming was also...

Poorly Constructed Fraud Gets Razed

Gregorio Jose Fuentes-Zelaya and Dennis Alexander Barahona of Jacksonville, Fla., concocted a scheme that included payroll tax evasion and workers’ compensation fraud. They established phony shell construction companies and obtained workers’ compensation insurance policies for a few fake employees. They then “rented” the insurance to...

Wheels Stopped Turning

Two Florida residents have been charged with conspiracy and making false statements to a financial institution. Julio Lugo, 44, and Rosenide Venant, 37, are accused of fraudulently applying and obtaining funds earmarked for COVID-19 economic relief. (Seems to be all the rage these days.) In...

COVID Feature: A Lot of Loans

A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Jeremie Saintvil, 46, of Delray Beach, Florida. Saintvil was indicted for fraudulently obtaining or attempting to obtain more than $1,500,000 in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Saintvil was charged with bank fraud, making false statements...

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...
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