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...

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...

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...

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...

Rubber Stamped Fraud

Rubber stamps have lots of creative uses such as journaling, card making and scrapbooking. (They can also be used for repetitive signature signing and eliminating hand cramps.) Some unscrupulous individuals use rubber stamps to commit fraud. Kenneth Myers, Jr., 43, of Alpharetta, Ga., and...

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...

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...

Stealing from Those Who Gave All

Jamare Mason, of Georgia, recently participated in a Social Security fraud scheme in Miami, Fla., where he worked with co-conspirators to steal the personal information of disabled veterans and Social Security Administration (SSA) beneficiaries. (These opportunistic fraudsters really were shameless when it came to...

Unqualified and Unprepared

Georgia resident Brenda Copeland owned and operated The Counseling and Training Center in Warner Robins. Despite not being authorized to run a group practice, Copeland was enrolled as an individual practitioner to provide mental health services to children. (Sounds like she needed to go...

Final Moments of Need

Hospice is a critical service for those who are approaching the end of life and their families or caregivers. That is why it is so egregious that a Georgia hospice owner, Nourolzaman Tucker, took advantage of her Medicaid patients by submitting fraudulent bills to...
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