Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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...

Brace for Prison

Patsy “Pat” Joseph Truglia, 53, of Parkland, Fla.,  pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of making a false statement in a matter involving a health care benefit program. Truglia faces a maximum penalty of 15...

Hit Head On

Issaac Newton supposedly discovered gravity when he was sitting under a tree and an apple fell on his head. A modern-day comparison could be made to a sprinkler falling near a woman’s head and the woman having her own “aha” moment about how to...

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...

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...

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...

Reducing Identity Theft Refund Fraud

Combatting tax refund identity fraud is a top priority for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The agency's website reports that through November of 2015, 1.4 million identity theft returns were successfully identified and $8 billion in fraudulent refunds were prevented. Another report from the...

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...

Preventing Homestead Fraud in the Sunshine State

There are many financial benefits to having a homestead exemption on a property. In the state of Florida, property owners who declare a home to be their primary residence are eligible to receive a homestead exemption or deduction off a property's assessed value...

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...
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