Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall

Sometimes, when people occupy high positions within a corporation, the power and the prestige of it all goes to their head. And they carry out illegal schemes that result in tax fraud convictions. That’s what happened to Taressa Hightower, 60, of Grayson, Ga., who...

COVID Feature: Slice of the Pie

Six individuals from Georgia and South Carolina have been indicted for their role in a larger conspiracy to illegally obtain Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Through a COVID-19-related fraud scheme, these co-conspirators fraudulently procured millions in PPP loans for businesses located within the two...

Standing in the GAPP

There’s nothing more appalling in the home healthcare industry than a provider who takes advantage of vulnerable patients, particularly children. Today’s “Fraud of the Day” details the alarming actions of Medicaid fraudster Diandra Bankhead, the former owner-operator of Elite Homecare in Atlanta, Ga. She...

Operation Rubber Stamp

Fraud schemes involving telemedicine have become increasingly common as more people turn to virtual health services. The Department of Justice has conducted several nationwide takedowns of fraudulent telemedicine rings which have attempted to defraud patients and abuse the healthcare system. Most recently, more than 30...

Across State Lines

Medicaid is a state-based insurance program meant to help cover medical costs for those with less income and financial resources. Unfortunately, Medicaid is also one of the largest targets of healthcare fraud throughout the country.  Current Georgia resident Markuetric Stringfellow has pleaded guilty to federal...

COVID Feature: Unforeseen Consequences

To the dismay of all employees, there is no such thing as guaranteed job security. At the end of the day, businesses do what they need to do to stay financially secure and sometimes that means letting employees go. An unfortunate side effect of...

COVID Feature: Employee Causes $100,000+ Loss

In the coming days, weeks, and months, you can be certain that there will be many attempts to commit different types of COVID-19 related fraud. (Fraudsters are always looking for new and innovative reasons to steal money or government benefits and the current pandemic...

Clear Line of Sight

Opticians are eye wear professionals who help customers find the perfect pair of prescription eyeglasses and ensure they fit properly. There is a set of specific knowledge and skills that one must possess to become an Optician. Being skilled in identity theft fraud is...

Meaningful Consequences

Medicaid providers who steal from the government healthcare program by billing for services they don’t deliver eventually face severe consequences for committing Medicaid fraud. That is the message received (loud and clear, might I add) from federal prosecutors in Georgia who recently won major...

Fraud Intervention

The point of an intervention is to disrupt how something is being done so that change can occur. If done properly, interventions can help with alcohol or substance abuse, unruly adolescents, distressed families or children with severe emotional disturbances. The owner of a Fayetteville, Georgia organization...
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