Thursday, December 2, 2021

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...

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....

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...

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...

Saving Time

There are a multitude of ways to save time. Some common ideas for adding back minutes to your day include strategic planning, prioritizing your day and making a daily “to-do” list. An Orlando woman, who owned a healthcare solution company, wanted to speed up...

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...

The Secret about Secrets

Fraudsters are always trying to find shortcuts to get around the law. And they usually end up conspiring with others to get the illegal job done. Such is the case for a convenience store owner in Florida who conspired with his store manager to...

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...

Warning: Read the Warning

Warnings exist to provide protection. For example, there are warning labels printed on plastic bags to remind you to throw them away so children don’t accidentally put them over their heads and suffocate. There are warning signs in construction areas to make sure hard...

Dirty Business

California’s Labor Code states that employees in the state are employed at will, meaning that either the employer or the employee can terminate employment at any time without cause and without notice. (For employees that are desperate to keep their job, there are usually...
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