Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Things to Avoid

There are a few things that family medicine practitioner Dr. Ahmad Ismail of Bonifay, Fla., should have avoided. He shouldn’t have lied on two years of tax returns, nor should he have forgotten to live by the physician ethical principle of “do no harm.”...

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...

Life Altering Experience

It takes a lot of guts to be a whistleblower. The decision to stand up for what is right and attempt to fix what is wrong can be a risky proposition and a life-altering experience. (Setting all risk aside, blowing the whistle on illegal...

Owning Up

Perpetrators commit fraud for many reasons, but serious character flaws can usually be linked to the rationalization of any crime. An article in The Miami Herald details the story of a flashy Miami Osteopath who had a bit of a problem with self-justification when...

Abusing Trust

Many parents rely on after school programs to keep their kids occupied and safe until they can be picked up after work. Whether provided at school or in a local community center, parents usually pay a fee and trust that their children will be...

More Than Just a Toothache

Many people have a fear of visiting the dentist. (That's why sedation dentistry is so popular.) It's not because they don't like their dentist, it's just that anything involving drills, needles and pain are not on top of anyone's bucket list. An article in...

Calling on Fraud

Insider fraud at call centers is becoming a common problem. Can you imagine the wealth of personal information available to lurking fraudsters? (All it takes is one deceptive person with the right access credentials, and voila! You have a scam and a bunch of...

Unlicensed to Defraud

Unlicensed insurance agents are not allowed to engage in the sale, solicitation, or negotiation of insurance, but that didn’t stop Costa Mesa, Calif. resident Karyl Lynn Reed from allegedly collecting insurance premiums on nonexistent workers’ compensation policies. The 57-year-old supposedly defrauded multiple businesses out...

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...

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....
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