Thursday, December 2, 2021

Getting Your Head Examined

Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP) diagnose and treat people, who have mental illness or substance abuse issues. These programs are not classified as inpatient or outpatient services, but something in-between. Patients usually live at home but can commute to a hospital or medical...

A Rental Nightmare

Have you ever been a home-renter? If you're experienced in the renting department, then you've likely had the joy of dealing with a landlord, making sure rent is paid on time and even maintaining the up-keep of a home that isn't even yours. Renting...

Too Much Time on Their Hands

It's reasonable to think that if teenagers get involved in after-school activities such as sports, clubs or a part-time job, they'll be more likely to stay out of trouble. An article published by the South Florida Business Journal explains how two teenagers stayed pretty...

Addicted to Fraud

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...and I'll pay you $409,000. That's the lesson the government is teaching in today's story from The Tampa Tribune. It begins with a woman who allegedly stole identities from both living and dead persons (Fraudsters love...

An Overwhelming Sense of Entitlement

One of the most concerning aspects of tax return scams is how easily personal information is fabricated. This particular alleged fraudster was not only helping himself to the first-time home buyer tax credit but he was helping others scam the government too. He claimed...

Fraud Spices Up Used Cars on Blanding Boulevard

It's not easy selling used cars, especially when you consider the reputation that most used-car salesmen have for being...well, used-car salesman. So it may come as no surprise that a used car salesman on Blanding Boulevard (I'm not making that name up) might have...

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...

“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...

Putting the Brakes on Fraud

Listen to this Story Once a train starts rolling, momentum makes it hard to stop. Similarly, once a fraudster becomes successful at skimming undeserved benefits, it's also hard to put on the brakes. (The desire for more begets the...

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...
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